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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

I am getting ready to convert my old workbench into a bench for tuning.  I have started looking at vises and wanted to know any cons of going with a T-Track system?  The only con I can see is there are more vises available that are clamp on.

 

Also any suggestions on a model of vise would be helpful.

 

I know if I don't setup my area correcly I won't use it and I need it to be user friendly.  I figure I should do it right from the start.

post #2 of 14
people do it all the time, and it looks brilliant. I have a Toko vise set, and while it works great, I dream of being able to put it on a t-track. I've even considered taking it to a machine shop to have the clamping parts cut off and some screw holes added in the part that sits on top. One big advantage for me is cleanup. I'm working in my living room, and no matter how careful I am, either I or the cat end up tracking wax or filings around. The wood floor around my little bench is getting mighty slick!

The thing is that the only mountable vises I've seen use a lasso or boot dummy instead of a clamp to hold the ski down. Of course maybe someone here knows better.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

I decided to go with a clamp on style vise as there are many more options out there.

 

While looking at vises, I noticed a huge price jump when going over 90mm in the center.  I know I can always clamp the vise to the binding, so I am wondering why I would need a vise larger?  I just don't want to make a purchase of a vise and wish I would have purchased a larger one.

 

As of now I am looking at a Swix model and a Ski Man.  Both will meet my needs, just trying to determine size.

post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by River Hill View Post

I decided to go with a clamp on style vise as there are many more options out there.

While looking at vises, I noticed a huge price jump when going over 90mm in the center.  I know I can always clamp the vise to the binding, so I am wondering why I would need a vise larger?  I just don't want to make a purchase of a vise and wish I would have purchased a larger one.

As of now I am looking at a Swix model and a Ski Man.  Both will meet my needs, just trying to determine size.
My Toko World Cup just barely holds the sidewalls of my Kenjas (not my other skis), but I still clamp them by the bindings not just because it's more secure but because it leaves my edges and bases unobstructed. I paid extra for the World Cup because of the 70mm wide jaws, which hold better than the Race model's 30mm jaws would. I think there's a similar comparison between the Swix World Cup and Economy vises.
post #5 of 14

I like the vise's with the adjustable end supports that you can actually clamp down on the ski and hold it firmly in place versus the vise's with end supports that only have a slot the ski sits in while on edge.  I've had multiple vise setups over the years but my personal favorite is the Swix Super Jaws.  It has the same end supports as the Toko World Cup vise but the vise on the Super Jaws is a little bigger and it cost about 100 bucks more than the Toko WC.  The Swix SJ vise gives you a bit more range for working on fatter skis.  If I was trying to keep cost down and still have a vise that had the options I liked, the Swix and Toko WC vise would be what I'd buy.  If your partial to Ski Man products I'm sure they make an identical vise as well.

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Originally Posted by MoJo23 View Post
 

I like the vise's with the adjustable end supports that you can actually clamp down on the ski and hold it firmly in place versus the vise's with end supports that only have a slot the ski sits in while on edge.  I've had multiple vise setups over the years but my personal favorite is the Swix Super Jaws.  It has the same end supports as the Toko World Cup vise but the vise on the Super Jaws is a little bigger and it cost about 100 bucks more than the Toko WC.  The Swix SJ vise gives you a bit more range for working on fatter skis.  If I was trying to keep cost down and still have a vise that had the options I liked, the Swix and Toko WC vise would be what I'd buy.  If your partial to Ski Man products I'm sure they make an identical vise as well.

This!   I have a feeling most of the vises come from the same source, just different branding.  I have had no issue using my swix world cup vises with skis up to 110, very rarely you actually need to clamp on the sidewalls, Being able to clamp on the end supports for edge prep is MUCH more important 

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys for the feedback.  Do you know if there is any difference between the Toko World Cup and the Swix World Cup? 

post #8 of 14

Yes!  There is one significant difference between the Toko WC and Swix WC vise.

 

One is Yellow and the other is Red......  ;) ;)

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by MoJo23 View Post
 

Yes!  There is one significant difference between the Toko WC and Swix WC vise.

 

One is Yellow and the other is Red......  ;) ;)

Thx :ski

post #10 of 14

Sorry bout that but you gotta admit, you did leave the door wide open on that and, wellll, I sometimes don't have very good self control. :)

 

To answer your question, other than the color, see I almost did it again, there is NO difference so pick whichever one you like best.  I used control that time cause I could have said pick whichever color you like better.  :beercheer:

post #11 of 14
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I ordered the red one biggrin.gif
post #12 of 14
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I ordered the red one biggrin.gif
Wrong move! The color was a ruse, a red herring, as it were. The right choice was yellow. wink.gif
post #13 of 14

Ahhhh, Grasshopper, Confucius say you have chosen wisely.  Confucius say "RED" is the color or Power, Ferraris and Fire Trucks while "Yellow" is the color of Lemons, Mustard and Baby Sheet!!!  :D

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by MoJo23 View Post

Ahhhh, Grasshopper, Confucius say you have chosen wisely.  Confucius say "RED" is the color or Power, Ferraris and Fire Trucks while "Yellow" is the color of Lemons, Mustard and Baby Sheet!!!  biggrin.gif

But yellow is calming and soothing as you slowly run the diamond stone over the edge. With a glass of wine... or a beer.
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