Originally Posted by Chenzo
Don't bother with the diamond guide, unless you want to use it for on-hill touch-ups.
The file guides are very nice, one of the best benefits is that you can buy the sidewall planer kit that bolts onto the guide - essentially giving you two tools in one.
The only drawback to sidecut vs svst, is that the glide plate is narrower on the sidecut, therefore a little less stability while performing edge tuning..
Thanks Chenzo. Are the diamond guides crap or more of a duplication? By the looks of them they look like they would maintain a very stable angle if swapping grits or going from file guide to diamond guide. Looking at potentially getting extra guides so I don't have to switch files/stones all the time and speed up the process (doing 6-8 pairs of skis a week, most of it race tuning). Originally I was planning on ordering several of stainless plate SVST guides of the same angles for the same reason.
I have a good planer so would skip that option. Are the built in clamps on the file guides any good, or is the bare guide the best bet -I've been using long files and moonflex stones and a mini Pony quick clamp as an alternative to spring clamp with my current guides.
Any Idea of how much narrower the plates are -that could be the biggest issue.
While I'm at it, are you familiar with their Sidecut diamond stones. I've been happy with the moonflex in that they cut well, are durable and do not load up badly, but I wonder if the stiff backing plates of the Sidecuts might be a bonus?