Yes, I use it. I tune all my own skis, race, recreational, telemark, my girl friends, sometime others for some beers so I use it a lot. It works but it's not a panacea. The ski vissions base flattener worked really well when bases were softer. With todays sintered bases, they are really hard, the tool still works but requires a lot more effort. If I get a ski that is really base high, I can spend 3-4 hours on it. Each pass only takes off a fraction of a mm. You also have to know how to use it. It's easy to skip, if you don't have the knack for it, while planning and put a skip gouge in your base, which requires even more work to remove. I would say this about the tool. If you are at all what some would term as a "handy man", i.e. you've worked with wood ( planning wood), you're mechanically inclined, basically you know how to handle tools; and you really want to tune your own skis, go for it. What some folks in my race club are recommending folks interested in the ski vission base flattener is: get the stone ground once a year if your a racer, or once every 2 years otherwise, and use the base flattener to touch up the base through out the year. Myself, I haven't had a ski stone ground in years and will stubbornly work for hours to do it myself, because I know it's being done right. Lot's of horror stories about stone grounds out there.
Oh, one more thing: If you get the tool, plan on working on a pair or dumpster skis first, until you get the feel for the tool. Also, I find I need to deburr the metal cutting bar often.
[ January 09, 2003, 12:23 PM: Message edited by: SCRUFFY ]