IMO don't buy the starter kit.
I have been doing my own tuning for over 13 years.
You'll need a good set of vises to hold the skis.
Some clamps with straps to hold the brake levers down.
Skivisions base flattening tool with a medium stone.
I use a 1* metal file guide with a 8" file to knock any high spots off the base edge before I wax, nicks that are high may scratch the iron.
I use a 100 grit moonflex diamond file to set my edges at 3* on all my skis. I may use a 200 or 400 to polish the edge but not to often.
I run the 100 grit up/down the edge 4 times using the 50/50 mix of denatured alchol and water, use a old tooth brush to clean the stone.
Use a good steel edge guide, and clamp from home depot to hold the stone
This is not rocket science so don't over think it.
Everything you need to know is in this forum, read and take notes.
My current every day ski Volkl Kendos are almost 3 years old, about 90 day's on them, have never been to a shop. They ski as good as new ones I demoed last month.
Oh, do not de-tune a shaped ski.
Also, you don't need perfect bases, its all about the amount of wax in them, I almost never use base cleaner.
Here's who I use, Great customer service. Terry is trying to make a living doing this so he's very good about helping you out.
Oh yea, if you plan to do this for many years, invest in rotor brushes from the start. A nylon brush for most days and a horsehair for when the snow is below 5F, I have a combo brush but almost never have used it.
You don;t need to remove all the wax, scrape what you can then brush, is short up/down strokes about 12" moving down the base, then 3 tip to tail passes one down the left side, one down the right side then one down the center.
Been useing the same brushes I bought back in 1999.Edited by Max Capacity - 1/8/14 at 5:33am