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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
hello ...

I read people's thoughts about portable tuning benches and I wanted to pose the question officially ...

I am 5'2 and in the market to buy a portable tuning bench. I need something sturdy enough to hold up to travel (in my car, not on airlines), but short enough to be "friendly" to me. I also need vices.

What do you reccomend?

Thanks in advance,
kiersten
post #2 of 19
IMO the best & easiest vice set to use is the 'Jaws of Beast' from www.the-raceplace.com

I've sold a couple of the FK benches which are height adjustable. Choice of two sizes: 120 x 35cm or 120 x 50cm. Both customers are very pleased with them.
post #3 of 19
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portable tuning bench
A search should turn up a couple of previous threads about the Holmenkol bench. With two caveats (I don't think it's all that portable, and I haven't actually used one myself) it looks like a really nice piece of equipment. They're now in the Tognar catalog, I believe. According to that same catalog, it adjusts down to 30" high. Low enough for a 62" tall person? I couldn't say, but maybe.

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I also need vices
What, skiing isn't enough of a vice? If not, I'd suggest running around with fast women, unless you are yourself a fast woman. Actually, even if you are.

More to the point: any of the number of designs which have a center clamp and tip/tail supports that also close to hold the ski edge-up. For more money, they get stronger and sturdier. I have the fairly standard-issue metal one that's sometimes branded as Skiman, Toko, Swix and various other random brands.
post #4 of 19
If you aren't in need of a "ski specific" bench, I use a Black & Decker Workmate. They're generally cheap, and have infinite adjustability. The working height is about right as well, although sometimes I wish it was a bit higher. Oh well...

I have a board I clamp on to it, to which I mount my vices and stuff to. The only issue I ever run in to is when I scrape longer skis, it can get a little tippy on the tips & tails. If I just put my foot on the rail though, it isn't really a problem. Now that my skis aren't 200's & 205's any more, that helps!
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by klkaye View Post
but short enough to be "friendly" to me.
I like a shorter bench for waxing than for edge or binding work.
post #6 of 19
For the best portable & sturdy option, check out the Tools4Boards Terminator Stand, built out of extruded aluminum and has foldable legs and weighs 14 lbs.

The T4B vises are designed to lock on with knobs allowing quick & secure sliding and rotating adjustments. For alpine & many AT bindings the Pro500 with an extra boot which locks into the binding and allows free lateral rotation, is a good option. The Cinch is the best for any ski or board type. Both secure the skis or snowboards independent of the sidewall slope, width or sidecut where conventional vises may slip. The Cinch features a lasso cord and cleat which will conform to any binding type and will lock down brakes while securing the ski for base or side edge work.

You can see these at my site (SlideWright),or at Tools4Boards out of Calgary.

I'll be setting up EpicSki Supporter discounts in the near future.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by sjjohnston View Post
A search should turn up a couple of previous threads about the Holmenkol bench. With two caveats (I don't think it's all that portable, and I haven't actually used one myself) it looks like a really nice piece of equipment. They're now in the Tognar catalog, I believe. According to that same catalog, it adjusts down to 30" high. Low enough for a 62" tall person? I couldn't say, but maybe.


What, skiing isn't enough of a vice? If not, I'd suggest running around with fast women, unless you are yourself a fast woman. Actually, even if you are.

More to the point: any of the number of designs which have a center clamp and tip/tail supports that also close to hold the ski edge-up. For more money, they get stronger and sturdier. I have the fairly standard-issue metal one that's sometimes branded as Skiman, Toko, Swix and various other random brands.
sj, you should have a least pointed out it is "vises".

Bench of Beast. I have the Swix and it is too narrow!
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by sjjohnston View Post
What, skiing isn't enough of a vice? If not, I'd suggest running around with fast women, unless you are yourself a fast woman. Actually, even if you are.
SJ and Atomic: we all need to be running around with some fast women. Damn, where's the thread for that.

But, maybe Klkaye does need something narrow, Atomicman, I mean c'mon the girl's only 5'2"! I bet she doesn't have very big "skis". haw haw
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Evilanche View Post
SJ and Atomic: we all need to be running around with some fast women. Damn, where's the thread for that.

But, maybe Klkaye does need something narrow, Atomicman, I mean c'mon the girl's only 5'2"! I bet she doesn't have very big "skis". haw haw
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post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by klkaye View Post
hello ...

I read people's thoughts about portable tuning benches and I wanted to pose the question officially ...

I am 5'2 and in the market to buy a portable tuning bench. I need something sturdy enough to hold up to travel (in my car, not on airlines), but short enough to be "friendly" to me. I also need vices.

What do you reccomend?

Thanks in advance,
kiersten
I am working on a package deal to sell a Swix tuning bench, Swix T74 Iron, Swix Lasso Vise, all for about $210. I will know more next week.
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. I am working on a bench solution now. Like I had said my biggest concern was my height and I wanted to make sure that the top height of the vises/ski were no higher than 35", which makes many of the travel benches too tall for me.

If I come up with something good -- I'll let yo know.

kiersten
post #12 of 19
FYI we can fabricate the legs and set the T4B stand to whatever height you wish. Also, the extruded aluminum rails allow for limitless accessories and mods for shelves, hangers etc and other modes to customize.
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
The bench has been built ... liked th eidea of the WorkMate because it's short. The new 450 version has a much bigger work surface. On top of the workmate is a piece of wood (6' X 16" X 3/4") is c-clamped to one side and then I attached my swix vises to the other side. It's sturdy because it has a much wider base than all other tables I have seen. It breaks down and sets up quickly and easily.

post #14 of 19
I have used the holmenkol bench for three seasons now. It is easily adjustable and extremely stable....a great bench to work on. In order to be so stable it is pretty heavy. It comes with a good travel bag.
post #15 of 19
I've had the Holmenkol bench for a couple seasons. Great piece of equipment, but probably way too heavy for you to haul around comfortably. The first season I had it, I took it with me out west. Takes a lot of space in the vehicle and was a chore to take down/set up and carry around. For portability, I like the idea of the WorkMate. I have a couple WorkMate clones that I put pieces of 3/4" plywood on top of as tool tables while working on cars. I screw a piece of 2X4 to the underside that clamps into the moveable tables of the bench. That way I'm not tearing up the original top. I may try hauling one of those on my next ski trip.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post
... Bench of Beast. I have the Swix and it is too narrow!
I have this fear of buying anything from BEAST, its all so plastic-y and cheap looking.

The reason the Swix is too narrow is you didn't get the TEAM bench, which is much bigger. Watch the videos on the swix school on the race prep section, and you'll see the bigger bench, which has tons of room.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by altaskier11 View Post
I have this fear of buying anything from BEAST, its all so plastic-y and cheap looking.
The Beast Bench is made of steel. It is not plastic-y and cheap.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by Voltron View Post
The Beast Bench is made of steel. It is not plastic-y and cheap.
I stand corrected.
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by klkaye View Post
The bench has been built ... liked th eidea of the WorkMate because it's short.
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