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Ski Man Vises

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Anyone know of any use for a pair or "standard" Ski Man vises? They served me well for many years in the straight ski days and flat filing but now in the days of cap ski construction I cannot get them to hold onto modern skis. Also I'm told not to flat file a ski anymore.

Is there a retrofit for these vises or do the binding type vises simply render these obsolete? I suppose if I'm not supposed to work on the base that the skis can be mounted in these vises sideways for edge filing, but they don't seem to even be still useful for waxing. Thanks.
post #2 of 8

Ski Man.

I still use mine all the time. Caps can be a little tricky, try grabbing the plate or the binding, if you can't get a grip on the ski. If you tune a lot of different sizes, the boots just aren't as fast.
post #3 of 8
That's what I use. I don't have that much trouble grabbing the ski, at least firmly enough for ordinary tasks, like scraping wax, shaving down P-Tex repairs, etc.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Did they ever make adapters for the 90d jaws? Say, for trapezoidal ski sides? And yes, I've learned to be creative. I'm able to grab hold of my son's Atomics by the bindings toe and heel.
post #5 of 8
The current version may be slightly different from yours. The one I have, so far as I can tell, is identical - except for color - to the ones currently on sale at various online places, under the Toko, Swix or Skiman brandname (and probably some more). The jaws have dense foam rubber pads on them that are angled: the pad is thicker at the bottom than at the top.
post #6 of 8
Some have made wooden binding mounts or cut he sole off an old ski boot and mounted to a block of wood to use in the binding then clamp that in the vise. Essentilly the same concept as the binding mount vises, just homemade. Just a thought.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sjjohnston
The current version may be slightly different from yours. The one I have, so far as I can tell, is identical - except for color - to the ones currently on sale at various online places, under the Toko, Swix or Skiman brandname (and probably some more). The jaws have dense foam rubber pads on them that are angled: the pad is thicker at the bottom than at the top.
As mine have no foam pads at all, just steel, I wonder if I could retrofit these angled pads onto my vises? I will probably need to manufacture the pads myself.
post #8 of 8
Just stick a block of wood in each vice and place some nonslip rubber on the blocks. This works pretty good for almost base tasks. then use the vice to hold sideways for edge work.

DC
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