Originally Posted by Jacques
So does it come with a respirator? Okay, I know it doesn't, but wondering if you use it without one. How about caring for the stone disc and dressing it should it get "out of whack"?
How often do you need to replace the stone "disc" ?
Maybe some folks just use a file too often? Maybe they should maintain with hand stones more and file less? Too many questions!
How can an edge be "sharper"? Could it be that the prior hand work was inferior as it was rushed? I still fail to see how these "disc" grinders can make to angles come to a fine point any better than good hand work. Sure, it may be quicker and make the edge harder, but sharper.......I don't believe it. I still don't believe it.
Yes, I wear a respirator when using the Snowglide. I also have magnets on the bench to help collect the dust. When finished, I vacuum the area.
I have had no issues with disc wear, but the tool does need recalibration get from time to time, although this is simple enough to do.
My experience has been that my skis are sharper and stay that way longer than they did with files,guides and stones. I have worked in and owned ski shops for 40 years and know how to use the tools.
Instead, of saying "No it can't be better" you should try one and see for yourself. If they didn't do a better job, the tuners in the wax room wouldn't be using them.
That is the last bastion of meticulous hand work, and these machines have taken over, that should really be enough said.