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Another SVST guide question

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As many of you probably have figured out, I'm a newbie to ski tuning and am in the market for tuning equipment. For my skis I have them set at the very popular and often recommended 1 degree base and 3 degree side and want to keep them at those angles. My young kids (almost 6 years old and 3 years old) have skis and from what I've read, the best angles for them are probably 1 and 1. Since I'm selfishly much more anal about my skis than my kids I want to make sure my 3 degree side edge is spot on.

So, here's the question: is there any difference in results (assuming I'm using everything correctly, and that's a big assumption) between using a SVST 3 degree dedicated side edge guide versus the SVST 1 degree side edge guide with a 2 degree shim? Thanks!
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Considering the SVST Pro side edge guide costs $25 - $29, and a shim is $14 to $18, I just use the guide rather than add shims. Is it worth saving $10, then having to worry whether its stacked right or might slip? Just grab the right tool, clamp the abrasive or file and go.
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As Atomicman has said in another post, "use the correct tool for the job".

Buy both edge guides, I like the stainless steel ones.
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Originally Posted by Prosper View Post
So, here's the question: is there any difference in results (assuming I'm using everything correctly, and that's a big assumption) between using a SVST 3 degree dedicated side edge guide versus the SVST 1 degree side edge guide with a 2 degree shim?
Nope. No difference.* Using a shim actually saves you about $15, which isn't nothing, but isn't a fortune either.

The SVST shim is aluminum, so you'd have to make a major effort to damage it or make it inaccurate. It fits tightly and solidly into the tool. I don't know about everything else, but I'm willing to assume you'll use the shim correctly.
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*Except that you shouldn't use the screw-on SVST clamp with the shim. I prefer a spring clamp anyway.
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