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Thinking of buying tuning equipment

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I'm thinking of buying some tuning and waxing equipment and have been doing a bit of research. I've read a bunch on Epicski and took a look at Tognar's website. Their recommended tool list for tuning and waxing is really extensive and quite costly if everything is purchased. I've copied and pasted the list below.

I'll be tuning and waxing my skis (currently Atomic R:Ex with a 1 deg. base and 3 deg. edges and Atomic Betaride 9.22 rock/tuning practice ski with a 1 deg. base and 2 deg. edge) and my kids skis (would probably like to have 1 deg. base and 1 deg. edges).

I don't think I'm interested in learning how to do any base work (P-tex, base flattening, base structuring--I'll leave that up to the pros). I'm wondering what on this list is really essential for a beginning home tuner, specifically the true bar, base flattener, ceramic or Arkansas stone (and gummi stone which they left off) and all the different brushes. Thanks!

1. Abundant light - you can't tune what you can't see.
2. Repair dvd, book or video - to learn wax and tuning basics.
3. Workbench - 35" to 45" height is best for most tuning needs.
4. Brake retainers - to keep ski brakes up and out of the way when tuning.
5. Vise - to hold skis or snowboard securely so you can perform precision work.
6. True bar - to check bases for flatness.
7. Base flattener - to flatten the base on your skis or snowboard.
8. P-tex repair material - to fill gouges in your base...best done with a pistol or iron.
9. Versaplane and steel scraper - to remove excess p-tex after filling gouges.
10. Structure tool - to impart or refresh the structure in your base.
11. Diamond or Aluminum Oxide stones - to remove burrs and/or nicks from your steel edges.
12. Edge bevel tool or guide- to assure precise base and side edge bevel angles when filing, deburring or polishing.
13. File or edge tuning tool - to file and bevel steel edges.
14. File brush - to keep file teeth clean and sharp.
15. Ceramic or Arkansas stones - to polish edges after filing, and for quick daily edge touch-ups.
16. Brass or steel brush - to clean out old wax and open base structure.
17. Scotchbrite and omni-prep pad - to scour away p-tex hairs or fuzz on your base.
18. Wax iron - to hot wax your ski or snowboard bases.
19. Wax - choose basic universal wax to hi-performance fluoro wax.
20. Plastic scraper - to scrape off excess wax after hot-waxing.
21. Nylon, brass, horsehair brush or roto brushes - to remove wax from base structure after waxing.
22. Fiberlene or base tex paper - to wipe off and clean bases while tuning.
23. Straps - to safely secure skis or gear after tuning and waxing.
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24. Tuning with tunes.

A brass or steel brush can also be used for base structuring. If it's not about money, there'll be longer term benefits associated with higher front end costs and purchasing higher grade tools. Plus incremental costs will ultimately cost you more. If you want to keep your front end costs down, get your feet wet and upgrade as it makes sense to you and your needs a tuning kit and combo deal will handle the lion share of the need. With our combo options, I'd add a 200 & 400 grit diamond and a stiff brass brush (a nylon and horsehair would also be nice). Unfortunately, base nicks and gouges are a fact of life, where minor scratches aren't critical. Running to the shop all the time isn't always convenient and being able to take care of minor issues is a good skill to develop. Here's some base repair ideas.

Eliminating the base flattening tools would be the first place I'd whittle down the list. Do you have a bench or work area?
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