Originally Posted by irul&ublo
Since you live on the wrong side of the country (meaning I don't feel like shipping my skis 2500 miles), do you have any suggestions on tuners in NorCal? Thought maybe with your experience at Volkl, you might have some contacts.
I use the Beast guide (1 deg.) for my base....like or dislike the tool?
Also Bears....there is a really good article in the Tognar website featuring tuning tips/discussions by SkiDoc. Here
That is a very catchy name. I dig it.
I honestly do not know of anyone, except maybe Granite Chief. Would you please contact me by sending me a private e-mail? I may be able to offer you some further insight on prepping your skis for the season.
I think the "Beast" base edge beveler is a fine tool. It's only limitation, as with all other tuning tools out there are the hands that drive them.
Using a 1 degree guide is right on. However, you can only file with it after your ski has been stone ground flat edge to edge. When filing in a 1 degree bevel , your base edge always must be less than 1 in order to achieve optimum results.
Remember to always apply pressure to the file over the base edge you are filing, not outside of it. Otherwise you will bend the file and go above your 1 degree target. If you follow these rules and your file does not touch the base edge it means your ski has not been ground to less than 1. At that point you do not want to try other ways to get the file to contact the edge. The ski actually needs to be ground again.
You will know the base and base edge are relatively planar when you see evidence of the base structure residing in the base edge. It is only at this time a base edge guide will offer you optimum results.
I apologize for the late reply.