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cost of a tune?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
The K2’s got a fresh tune from Portland’s US Outdoor store. They charged $50 for the tune and $40 for ptex. That sounds pretty spendy to me. What have you been charged for a ski tune?
post #2 of 12
$50 for a tune is about right for a good standard tune (no special requests).

$40 for PTex?? How thrashed were your skis? Normally when you are being charged extra for PTex there is major base damage that requires special attention. This is a hassle and should cost extra. Everything takes longer, one pair of skis are out of the tuning 'flow', with base damage you often have edge damage and case hardening, etc.

It sounds like the price was reasonable for a pair of banged up skis.
post #3 of 12
What was the issue that needed the Ptex? Deep core exposure, something next to the edges that needs special attention or just a few scratches?

The tune if it was a good hand done or top quality stone grind and then redoing everything does not sound out of line. The Ptex could be right in line too depending on the amount of damage.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
when I turned them in the guy said 'no big deal' but apparently the shop thought differently. It was more then scatched but not core deep.
post #5 of 12
Depending on work done and equipment:
Machine tune - $25 -$45
Race tune (hand finished) - $60 - $100

Base repair: $7 -$10 /inch
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
thanks for the good feedback. I found the following on Tognar:

A soft p-tex material, like a drip repair candle, is fast and easy to apply. This can be handy for travel or ‘on-the-spot’ repairs, but it will wear much quicker than surrounding base material. This might be okay for very shallow scratches, but in deeper gouges can become an ongoing maintenance nightmare.

Harder p-tex material, such as our repair ribbon, string or techo stix, take a little more time to apply...but last much longer. They won’t wear or ‘dish-out’ in gouges as fast over time. Some folks have noted that these materials don’t ‘flow’ into gouges like drip repair candles do. This is because they are denser and more durable, so don’t be discouraged by appearances.

If the gouge exposes any steel edge material or fiberglass (as in a core shot), first melt in copolymer repair material (made of polyethylene and a rubber-like ingredient), since it will bond to these materials. Then melt p-tex repair material atop the copolymer to fill the gouge, since p-tex will bond to copolymer but not steel or fiberglass.
post #7 of 12
I've found all of these soldering irons ($8 to $100) with various tip options work with the very cheap base repair materials:

Here's another thread with base repair discussion and a link to one method on my site. I'd be very interested in critiques and any input on improving the methodology.
post #8 of 12
Who did the work? Did you turn them in to Scotty G? That guy always hooks me up and I tip him w/his favorite beer every time. Always ask for him...

Although I do all my tuning/repair work myself, he does my base grinds which is only about once per season. He and Jeremy do all my boot work as well as mounts (I'm starting to do those myself now as well).

Even though they are quite fair on their prices and do an excellent job, I've found it to be both rewarding and much cheaper to do all tuning and most repair work myself with the exception of grinds/blown edges.

Just to let you know how they take care of thier regulars:

I took a pair of new B3's to be mounted the beginning of November and even though Scotty was backed up for a couple of weeks, he mounted the ski's up in two days so I could ski that weekend. That's the kind of ongoing service I love to pay for.

If they charged $40 for repair work I'm positive the ski's needed it.

I haven't skied with you yet, but I'm sure that'll change soon. If you ski in areas where that type of damage happens you'll be doing youreself a huge favor by investing in some good tools and learning to do most repair/basic tuning youreself.

Another thing:

When going to ANY shop for tuning/work, get a quote from the tech up front and make them stick to it. If they don't have time to do a quick two-minute one-on-one with you then come back when they aren't busy, or go to another shop if you feel you are being blown off.
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Jeremy sold and fitted my first pair of Nordica's but he is the only one whose name I know. I took them in before Chistmas and the place was packed so I tried not to fuss over details. They did what needed doin and I won't complain about paying. I was just surprised that it cost $40 for ptex...what do I know? I do my my own edge work, waxing and prep but I am a bit wary of doing base repair. Maybe next time I will give it a try. Hope to see you on the snow.
post #10 of 12
I think you just have to know someone. I tune all of my friends skis, along with my family's. I charge my family nothing, allthough my brother is good at mounting antlers so he will be doing my 8 pointer for no charge this year. My friends pay me $10 for a full tune. I take a swix file to the edges (only if they are REALLY bad), .5 degree base and 2 degree edge bevels, and then use the moonstone, 200 and 600 grit for case hardening. Polish them a little bit more with an Arkansas stone. Then i use a brass brush to clean the base, maybe even a nylon brush. Might do some hot scrapping with a parafin wax. Then i lay on some Hertel Hot Sauce all temp wax and move to the other. When im done w/the second ski, i go back to the first. I scrape it, then use the brass brush agian. Then take the nylon brush to the base. After all that, i have usually spent an hour or so. ALso, with my friends, the $10 is more than enough to pay for the supplies, some money in my pocket, and I always have a full, cold, free beer sitting at the end of my tuning bench.

What more could a college kid need. Besides, if i took all their money then they wouldnt have any for lift tickets and id have to ski by myself.
post #11 of 12
Thats funny. I do the same thing, family = free and friends = $10 and theres always a couple cold ones.
post #12 of 12
$10.00 + 1hr labor - supplies = do you want a job?? I'll pay you $3.50hr.
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