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Where can I buy a cheap iron for waxing?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I'm a first timer to waxing my own skis and bought a tune up kit and wax last night at Sports Authority.
Then I went to look for an iron with no steamer holes in it. Stopped by Walmart and Target. Among the dozens of models, all of them had holes (steamer) underneath. Even the cheapest one at less than $7 !!

Does anyone know where to get a cheap iron for waxing? All I could get with Google were vintage models that actually "cost a lot".

I'd really like to avoid spending $30 or more on a proper wax iron...

thanks!
post #2 of 22
I sell one (#1402) for $29.99, see

http://www.racewax.com/buytunebase.html

Because you're from the forum, I could knock off a buck or maybe 2 if you're on the east coast.

The next one (#1401) up is much better for $44.99 and I would be willing to shave $5 off that one as a EpicSki discount.

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post #3 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by jalexc
I'm a first timer to waxing my own skis and bought a tune up kit and wax last night at Sports Authority.
Then I went to look for an iron with no steamer holes in it. Stopped by Walmart and Target. Among the dozens of models, all of them had holes (steamer) underneath. Even the cheapest one at less than $7 !!

Does anyone know where to get a cheap iron for waxing? All I could get with Google were vintage models that actually "cost a lot".

I'd really like to avoid spending $30 or more on a proper wax iron...

thanks!
I bought it in a garage sale. $3...
post #4 of 22
For future reference, I used an iron with steam holes for years with no problems whatsoever.

The only problem I could possibly imagine is that the holes might retain some of the last temperature wax you ironed in and mix it in with today's wax as you are ironing the first couple of strokes. Easily avoided by letting the iron heat an extra minute so that the old wax runs out.
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 

Good point...

I guess there's nothing wrong with having an iron's steamer holes filled with wax after all?

I'm a recreational skier (10-15 days of skiing per season, tops).
I live in NJ and here in the NE, winter weather is pretty unpredictable, so I'm thinking of simply using regular wax for all temps.

Is it correct to say that hot waxing the skis after every three days of skiing enough?

thanks!
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by RACEWAXdotCOM
I sell one (#1402) for $29.99, see

http://www.racewax.com/buytunebase.html

Because you're from the forum, I could knock off a buck or maybe 2 if you're on the east coast.

The next one (#1401) up is much better for $44.99 and I would be willing to shave $5 off that one as a EpicSki discount.

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I have that $45 iron sold under a different name, its a great iron. its very easy to work with, heats up quickly.
post #7 of 22
I've got the $10 special from Target. Probably doesn't do the best job at keeping a constant temp, but it melts wax pretty well.

The steam holes shouldn't be a problem... of course I don't try ironing my clothes with the thing. Setting the iron on the highest settings should unclog the holes... of course you can also turn on the steam, and send a few blasts out to clear the holes.
post #8 of 22
Whoa! Never considered using the iron for clothes again.

I hope nobody tries that. Wax does not come off clothing well at all.
post #9 of 22
I bought the Chugger Iron here:

http://www.tognar.com/wax_tools_hot_irons_corks_brushes_ski_snowboard.ht ml

It seems to work well. Heats up fast and the temprature control seems to be fine enough to get the right temprature on the waxes I've used. It is my first iron, so I have much to compare it to.

Does anyone use that autotemp iron? That concept seems very suspicious to me.
post #10 of 22
The problem with steam holes is that the wax gets in and can fritz up the wiring. But for $7????, just throw it out.

racewax's iron seems like a good deal, as does the tognar one. In the hard copy tognar catalog, its priced at 27.95.
post #11 of 22
15.95 at Target...does the job fine. They were out of stock on the 10 dollar ones. Set it just below middle heat setting and it works great.
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by NE1
Whoa! Never considered using the iron for clothes again.

I hope nobody tries that. Wax does not come off clothing well at all.
Idiot old roommate used my wax iron for his clothes one time. I suspected this when I saw that the iron had be moved from the last place I had seen when I got back from a trip. I haven't seen the damage but his clothes are pretty ratty anyway. You are probably thinking how the hell does someone do that with wax all over the iron, if you knew this kid you would understand.
post #13 of 22
I have the same iron ChrisInSeattle has, from www.tognar.com. I got it for around $27. It's gone up in price now, it seems. I'm very happy with it.

Tognar has a wax kit for around $49, which has an iron, a scraper, some wax, and a brush. I mention this to you because although I promised myself that I'd not spend much money on waxing tools and such, I ended up spending 100's of dollars !!

I am new at waxing, also. I wax after each time I ski, because my base gets base burns after each time I ski (maybe because of the man-made snow..).

A bear recommended to me that I should have a good scraper, and I got one for around $6. That has been a great purchase!

Good Luck!
post #14 of 22
Because you brought it up...

I went to the Hospice "thrift" store in town and bought a $3 travel iron with a good thick steel "platen". I didn't need it, I have an iron already, but for $3...... There was one with a lighter bottom there for $2, and a "full service " unit there for $2.

I think the steam holes are a GOOD thing. I'ld pay extra .

Oh! Scapers are obtained from the hardware store for free. They are called "plexiglas scraps". Look in the replacement window glass section. Sharpen (Square) the edge with a vixen file.



CalG
post #15 of 22
I bought the cheapest iron at Walmart ($6.87 I think). I wrap the bottom with heavy duty alluminum foil, and set it on the "dry iron" setting, it works perfectly.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by NE1
Whoa! Never considered using the iron for clothes again.

I hope nobody tries that. Wax does not come off clothing well at all.
experience talking..the wife does not appreciate you using her good iron.

I have gotten mine at thrift shops and yard sales for $1-3.
post #17 of 22
'zackly.

most salvation army/goodwill, etc. stores have irons aplenty lying around.
just remember to stay at the 'wool' setting, unless, of course, you prefer slower bases whose sintered state has been melted to a solid.
post #18 of 22

Would this work

I used to fly RC airplanes and have one of these... Would it work as an iron for waxing? The temp range is 100-350F, and it has a non-stick teflon like coating.

Thanks!
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by f2racer
non-stick teflon like coating.
If the ski has reverse camber in it, the combination of reverse-sidecut (standard clothes iron) iron shape and steel ski edges will scrape the teflon off.

Mmm. Teflon bits.


So. Not one of you has taken JB Weld to the steamer holes?
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by comprex
Mmm. Teflon bits.
Just call 'em fluoro powder ... perhaps a bit large-grained.
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by f2racer
I used to fly RC airplanes and have one of these... Would it work as an iron for waxing? The temp range is 100-350F, and it has a non-stick teflon like coating.

Thanks!
It looks like, from the picture, that the head of the iron might be a little small. And the handle off to the side is not ideal. You need to get into it a little waxing skis.
post #22 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by f2racer
I used to fly RC airplanes and have one of these... Would it work as an iron for waxing? The temp range is 100-350F, and it has a non-stick teflon like coating.
I've got one of those too... nice for getting into tight spaces and creases, but probably wouldn't work very well for waxing. As others have pointed out, not enough surface area and the handle would be awkward. Would be great in keeping a constant temp though...

Hmm, if I had to cover another RC plane, maybe I'll use a normal iron...
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