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Who Mounts Their Own? POLL HERE!!

Poll Results: Alright, So Who's Mounted 'em Up? And Who's Aint?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 4% of voters (4)
    I have mounted bindings myself, but am too afraid to ski the hideous fruits of my dementia.
  • 4% of voters (4)
    I have mounted bindings on my own skis, but had a shop bench test them.
  • 21% of voters (20)
    I mount 'em, test 'em by twisting 'em them off, and I'm good to go. Drink beer with cash saved.
  • 2% of voters (2)
    I have only mounted bindings on my wife's skis.
  • 2% of voters (2)
    I have only mounted my wife while she was on my skis.
  • 2% of voters (2)
    I will not mount my own bindings because I am afraid I might get sued.
  • 1% of voters (1)
    I'll mount any damn thing I want to, I'm from Texas.
  • 1% of voters (1)
    I mounted my new sticks before I decided to purchase bindings.
  • 0% of voters (0)
    I mounted bindings on a pair of Sugar-Daddies, that I saw in a shop, but couldn't afford.
  • 0% of voters (0)
    I mounted a Sugar-Daddy, that I saw in a shop. (females only please)
  • 6% of voters (6)
    Nobody should mount bindings, except a trained binding professional.
  • 13% of voters (13)
    I mount my own bindings for fun, relaxation, and I enjoy the craftsmanship.
  • 9% of voters (9)
    I mount my own bindings because I'm a cheapskate.
  • 3% of voters (3)
    I can only dream of having the skills required to mount up a pair of Atomic 614's.
  • 7% of voters (7)
    George W. Bush - You liberals can't suppress MY vote!
  • 4% of voters (4)
    I work in a shop. This shit isn't funny.
  • 3% of voters (3)
    Only an idiot mounts something that came in a box.
  • 6% of voters (6)
    I've mounted bindings, and I'm an idiot.
  • 3% of voters (3)
    I'm an idiot, but I haven't yet mounted.
  • 4% of voters (4)
    I mount my own bindings. And I kill my own lunch. Does that bother you?
94 Total Votes  
post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
OK, I screwed it up the last time, but here we go:

Let's see who'se had the guts to tackle the dangerous practice of self-mounting (bindings).

**More than one choice is encouraged for heightened accuracy**
post #2 of 25
I do and have for 40 years.
post #3 of 25
I have done it.
post #4 of 25
UNFLAWED! Because it has just enough non sensical choices to render it useless while offering maximum entertainment.

OK, some might say FLAWED! because it contains politics. I smell censorship rearing it's ugly head.
post #5 of 25
Damn, with Altaskier on sabbatical, I thought I had a chance of getting in the first flawed's for a change:

Well I guess batting about .289 is good enough for the MLB---should be good enough for Epicski!

Can anyone tell I am less than challenged at work today?
post #6 of 25
Is the fourth-to-last choice F. O. P. ? Moral values and all.
post #7 of 25
With that said, I mount my own. I have Salomon & Marker jigs and (up to this year) a Vemont Calibrator, that I never used. In years past I was certified by all manufacturers. I will mount for family and close friends, any one else, I will mount the binding and turn the DIN all the way down, that way they will go to a shop and get them calibrated.
post #8 of 25
Think Ned Beatty or any of the others in the cast of Deliverance will chime in?
post #9 of 25
Does sliding a Marker Motion AT onto a Volkel Supersport rail count as mounting??? Or is that too easy? (or is the survey flawed)
post #10 of 25
There was one (or more) choice(s) missing. Technical Service Rep and mount plenty of bindings. That's me.
post #11 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Betaracer
There was one (or more) choice(s) missing. Technical Service Rep and mount plenty of bindings. That's me.
Show off, Just teasing, that's great.

I think someone has way to much time on there hands, but I will agree this is one of the most intertaining poles we've had.
carvemeister seems be have become the entertainment here. He has big shoes to fill, Wear The Fox Hat really made this site entertaining last year.

Keep it up carvemeister, you're bringing lot of laugh's to us. Thanks
post #12 of 25
What about me.... "Equipement Geek"?????
post #13 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pierre
I do and have for 40 years.
Another 9 year and I'll be even with Pierre.
post #14 of 25
I mount my own, no fixture. Laying out the hole pattern, drilling and tapping the holes, not too tuff. 20 years as a machinist I did learn something.
I've seen too many rookie shop employees throw a fixture on a ski, drill away with a dull drill bit, power tap the holes with a dull tap and screw the bindings down with a battery drill all in about 3 minutes per ski. I feel much safer doing it myself. If I feel they aren't releasing right or something feels funny I will have them looked at, but I've never had a problem with one of my mounts.
post #15 of 25
Arby, 20 years as a machinist??? those jigs are engineered for a reason. When you mount your own bindings you have nothing to fall back on. I am a tech that takes pride in doing what I do. I can drill a World Cup Racers skis is 10 mins, and I am dead on every time. As a machinist you should know the difference between a jig (fixture) and a template. If you are afraid of how your equipment is being mounted, you need to find another shop. The drills we use we can only get from the distibutors. Depth, diamiter, and testing after mounting are highly calculated. Any warrenty that you get when you buy something is voided the moment you do it yourself. But, if you want to do it yourself it is your call.
post #16 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gainer
Arby, 20 years as a machinist??? those jigs are engineered for a reason. When you mount your own bindings you have nothing to fall back on. I am a tech that takes pride in doing what I do. I can drill a World Cup Racers skis is 10 mins, and I am dead on every time. As a machinist you should know the difference between a jig (fixture) and a template. If you are afraid of how your equipment is being mounted, you need to find another shop. The drills we use we can only get from the distibutors. Depth, diamiter, and testing after mounting are highly calculated. Any warrenty that you get when you buy something is voided the moment you do it yourself. But, if you want to do it yourself it is your call.

Gainer is right. Too many "gotchas" mounting todays bindings. Just try to mount on a Volant! Whatever you save it is not worth it if you trash the skis. Like everything else these days mounting is more technical, varied by manufacturer. Need the proper jigs, training, experience, and tools to do it right. Anyway, no warranty in a do it yourself situation.

I mounted my own years ago but was a trained and experienced binding mechanic. No mas.
post #17 of 25
Speaking of Volant’s, having a pair mounted several years ago is precisely why I am now a do-it-yourselfer. This very experienced tech placed the fixture on the ski and proceeded to drill away. After the smoke started rolling and the top skin was literally glowing red, he just laughed and said, “This is why I hate messing with Volant’s”. He powered that dull drill through the ski with all his might. After all 16 holes were drilled, the shop was filled with smoke. I know the core of that ski under the binding had to be wasted.

If I was not standing there witnessing this nightmare I would not have thought this guy did not know better. This shop did not sell Volant’s. This was a side job he did just to help me out.

These were my wife’s brand new $500 Super-Karves. She is a very timid skier and never had a problem. If I was on that ski I would’ve delaminated it in no time.


After seeing how a mount is done, I knew right away I could in fact do a much better job
post #18 of 25
I have mounted about 100pr of Volants. They did need a specific bit. I have used a regular but, but it is a bear. The new Volants with the riser plates can use any bit.
post #19 of 25
I'll mount to pre-drilled plates without hesitation, but I balk at drilling skis. On the other hand, if I had been a machinist for 20 years (or even 2), the story would be different.

So far as I can tell, in this situation, the jigs and special bits just make it easier to do, and harder to make a mistake. An expert hand accomplishes the same end just as well, if not better. As far as bits, if your local hardware store is selling ones that aren't the diameter they're supposed to be, you need to move to a civilized country. And controlling the depth isn't rocket science. On the big complexity scale, this is a lot closer to carpentry than aircraft assembly.
post #20 of 25
I've replaced the heel pieces on my chubbs when they broke. So I have Marker M51 toepieces and M48 heel pieces. The hard part was exchanging the wide brakes.
I checked the "idiot" box, btw
post #21 of 25
On the serious side: with the new binding systems, it really is simple. With old-fashioned flat mounts, one needs the proper jigs. I don't have those at home. But, if I could get them, I'd do it. I used to be certified for every brand...
post #22 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by ssh
On the serious side: with the new binding systems, it really is simple. With old-fashioned flat mounts, one needs the proper jigs. I don't have those at home. But, if I could get them, I'd do it. I used to be certified for every brand...
I got my jigs from a shop that was going out of business. IIRC, I paid like $40.00 ea.
post #23 of 25
I haven't done it, but I would if I had bindings and bought skis. By the time I get new skis(this year), my bindings are museum pieces (Solomon 202, Tyrolia 490).

I figure for the cost and the amount of time it will take me (who would do it once every 20 years), I may as well get them mounted. I can usually get mounting thrown in, but have a lot of trouble bargaining down the price. Appearently, I have idiot sucker written on my forehead in ink that only car salesman and skishop employees can see (One reason I haven't bought a new car in almost 20 years too).
post #24 of 25
i work in a shop and this is a funny set of options. how do i fill it out, i've committed at least half of those infractions!

please take your binders to a shop for a mount. the bindings will still be pleasured and you don't have to wash your hands when it's done.

it would be such a waste (we laugh) to drill through the core, get the toe and heel the right distance apart, not set forward pressure correctly, get lost in the mess that is a salmon driver toe adjustment, try to figure out how that damn steel band makes an atomic adjustable or any of the other banter that happens trying to mount bindings on skis yourself (no potty talk intended). you all should see the threads on newschoolers.com about this stuff...
post #25 of 25
I moved the toe up on my last set of emergency skis last year to get through the last week, but had a ski bit from my old days to do it. Emergency aside, not knowing what bit/tap is required by the ski, and without a jig, no way. Worth drinking Milwaukee's Best for a couple of weeks to pay for it.
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