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Which sidewall Planer?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I've narrowed it down to these 3.  Used to just us a panzer file but have decided to simplify things.  I know there are better ones, but I think one of these will be fine.

 

http://utahskigear.com/shop/fk-sks-sidewall-planer/

 

http://www.slidewright.com/skiman-sidewall-sharp.php

 

http://www.racewax.com/p-632-sidewall-cutter-swix-sport-model-ta101n.aspx

 

I have Fischer sandwich skis, but tune some family member capped skis at times.

 

Any advice will be appreciated.

post #2 of 16
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Originally Posted by Wagz View Post
 

I've narrowed it down to these 3.  Used to just us a panzer file but have decided to simplify things.  I know there are better ones, but I think one of these will be fine.

 

http://utahskigear.com/shop/fk-sks-sidewall-planer/

 

http://www.slidewright.com/skiman-sidewall-sharp.php

 

http://www.racewax.com/p-632-sidewall-cutter-swix-sport-model-ta101n.aspx

 

I have Fischer sandwich skis, but tune some family member capped skis at times.

 

Any advice will be appreciated.

http://www.fktools-us.com/Product-Details.asp?Part-Number=3148

 

By far the best!

 

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

Looks great,  I was trying to stay a little cheaper.  League racing at best, I'll pay for quality, but just don't think I'll use it that often.  Like I said, upgrading from running a panzer file by hand.

post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by Wagz View Post
 

Looks great,  I was trying to stay a little cheaper.  League racing at best, I'll pay for quality, but just don't think I'll use it that often.  Like I said, upgrading from running a panzer file by hand.

Worth every penny , when you do need one!


Edited by Atomicman - 1/21/16 at 8:24pm
post #5 of 16

I'll add, this is a tool that you will have a very long time. You'll use it on something that is very important to you. What's that worth ?

post #6 of 16

I purchased the Ski Man for my friend Nate who ran our rental shop and ran a shop in Breck and tuned a lot of race skis.  He was pleased with the ski man and did a wonderful job planning the sidewalls of my skis with it.  I'm not saying its the best of the three, but according to Nate who is the most expert tuner I know it's certainly adequate.

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by mcdave69 View Post
 

I purchased the Ski Man for my friend Nate who ran our rental shop and ran a shop in Breck and tuned a lot of race skis.  He was pleased with the ski man and did a wonderful job planning the sidewalls of my skis with it.  I'm not saying its the best of the three, but according to Nate who is the most expert tuner I know it's certainly adequate.

I have one I will sell...Like new! :D NO seriously!  $35.00 shipped! PM me if you want it!

post #8 of 16

i have the swix sport. works fine.

post #9 of 16
The fk-sks planer is easy to setup and fine tune.
I see metal flakes mixed with sidewall curls after one pass, dunno if it's edge or planer blade but the file/stones work fast after the sidewalls are trimmed.
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your replies.  I ended up ordering this one: https://www.reliableracing.com/detail.cfm?edp=11490000

 

Decided after talking to a guy at race werks who said it is more stable and substantial in terms of build then the swix.  FK had some reviews stating it was a little hard to adjust correctly and they took too much off before they figured it out.  I'm sure that could happen with any of them.  

 

I wish I would have checked replies earlier Atomicman, but I paid $40 and they have free shipping of Vola stuff at RR.

post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Wagz View Post
 

Thanks for your replies.  I ended up ordering this one: https://www.reliableracing.com/detail.cfm?edp=11490000

 

Decided after talking to a guy at race werks who said it is more stable and substantial in terms of build then the swix.  FK had some reviews stating it was a little hard to adjust correctly and they took too much off before they figured it out.  I'm sure that could happen with any of them.  

 

I wish I would have checked replies earlier Atomicman, but I paid $40 and they have free shipping of Vola stuff at RR.

H a, would have lowered it to $30.00 that is exactly the same as the ski man!;)

post #12 of 16
I use a chisel, works just fine. Really don't see the reason for a $100 planer unless you are pro or gear whore.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by jzmtl View Post

I use a chisel, works just fine. Really don't see the reason for a $100 planer unless you are pro or gear whore.

How about posting a photo of your chiseled sidewalls? :popcorn

post #14 of 16

MOE: [ to Larry ] Oh, another chiseler, eh?

post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post
 

How about posting a photo of your chiseled sidewalls? :popcorn

LOL  I was going to ask this earlier but figured I'd wait a day or so and see if someone else would do the dirty deed. :D

 

But, FWIW, I would like to see a pic or two of some "chiseled" sidewalls, too.  

 

Ya know, we got a beaver down by the pond, wonder if I could get that rascal to gnaw those sidewalls back for me.  Sidewall planers, pfft, we don't need no stinking sidewall planers!!:ROTF

post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post

How about posting a photo of your chiseled sidewalls? popcorn.gif

Don't have a sidewall photo handy but here are the shavings.

0pir_zpsef59506c.jpg~original

If you so insist I'll take a pic of sidewall tomorrow when I go ski.
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