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post #61 of 68
FWIW, I normally sway skis after lunch or morning break. Ski both edges.

Except for a few skis, they don't care which foot you put them on.

Also, the metal edge doesn't care which way you slide the file on it.
post #62 of 68
I guess I could just take the marker off the skis. ;-)
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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier View Post

ummmm.....you realize this is from slidewright from this forum  smile.gif
I noticed that too,, but according to a Google search, Slidewright appears to be the only source for that beveler right now, and only on eBay, not their website. There may be others, but Google didn't rank them on the first few pages of search results.
post #63 of 68
You can email Terry and ask him what he has and mention your member here, he use to give a discount for members.
post #64 of 68

Interestingly, our racers (U12's) had the Swix rep doing a info / demo session and he felt that for our racers, don't bother with base bevel as most home mechanics over do it and put too much bevel leaving the base too proud.  He felt that factory bevels were good enough and keep the deges sharp and smooth via file / diamond stones.

 

Any other expert advice?

post #65 of 68

I can think of only 2 reasons you would ever touch the base edge, with anything more than a gummy stone or some type of hard stone like a ceramic or Arkansa stone that mostly just smooths and polishes but doesn't cut, after it has been set.

 

1) To deburr and smooth out any rough spots.  2) To increase base edge bevel.

 

You could use a very fine diamond file like a 1500 or maybe a 600 but I would suggest being careful with the amount of pressure you apply to that diamond file.

 

Any type of cutting file is going to cut into the base edge and start changing the base edge bevel and unless you want to change it, stay away from your base edge/s with anything more than a polishing stone of some type.

post #66 of 68
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Originally Posted by Scooby Snax View Post
 

Interestingly, our racers (U12's) had the Swix rep doing a info / demo session and he felt that for our racers, don't bother with base bevel as most home mechanics over do it and put too much bevel leaving the base too proud.  He felt that factory bevels were good enough and keep the deges sharp and smooth via file / diamond stones.

 

Any other expert advice?

I believe the rep. is correct in that many folks do impart too much bevel. But many skis come with very inconsistent and/or too much bevel from the factory and some race stock skis come with NO bevels at all. 

 

And some of us like different base bevels, for example .5, .7 or a variable set up. 


Edited by Atomicman - 1/20/14 at 10:16am
post #67 of 68

townicus, don't know where this thread is heading, but if you are still just asking if you need a base grid, then I think you should never get the bases ground until you've skied on the skis.  My recommendation is to simply check to make sure the bases are true.  If they are, then ski on them for a basic assessment of what you have.  After that, I simply put a 1 deg base and a 2 deg side bevel on all our skis (I actually do this right away), except for the race skis that have base/side angles depending on GS or SL.  I don't know what conditions you primarily ski, but a 1 and 2 deg setup up a good, standard setup for all conditions.  Also, by having all our skis setup the same, this really helps speed up tuning all of them at once.

 

Have a great season!

 

T. - www.wasatchreport.com

post #68 of 68

With the exception of deburring after filing the side edge, I never touch base edge for the following reasons:

 

1. I only have my skis stoneground at places I trust (mainly race shops), and have the shop set the base angle for me.

2. If anything, factory base angles tend to skew to the high side leaving no reason to manually bevel.

3. I'm lazy.

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