Originally Posted by joe strummer
I interpret the base flatener to be like a wood plane for ski bases. Looks like hard work to me.
I have the base flattener. It isn't as much hard as it is tedious. Maintaining a flat base isn't that tedious. Getting the base flat can be. Depends how far from flat you are.
Anytime you put a hand/manual tool to work, when there is a power tool to do the job, it is going to take quite a bit longer than the power tool. It was a very sad day for me when I sold my backhoe and realized all I had left was a wheelbarrow and shovel.
The upside is the tool is made well. This is mostly due to the simple design. It does do the job and though it can be tedious, if you have issues getting what you want from a shop (I kept getting close but no cigar) or when you get what you want the price is shocking ( SkiMD does a fantastic job but I have 5 pairs of skis to maintain and would cost over $600/year). So I weigh in how long am I willing to work on my skis to net what I want and not have to pay $630 again. I can do a couple days of tedious for $600
To the OP, the flattening tools are well made though I'll admit the process to a newby can be intimidating at first. I'll also admit to sometimes using just the metal bar and not the tool itself. I just found that taking it out of the tool to sharpen annoying and I like to make sure the edges of the metal bar stay sharp. You can also create more work for yourself than you need to. This is also to folks new to it that might not be familiar with what they are really trying to achieve and what makes a ski good or bad.
Tool quality was pretty good. I'm on my second season using it and no issues.