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New to tuning, bare minimum of stuff needed?

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The tuning I do has been limited to waxing my skis, and even that is extremely limited (I wax a lot, but could do more wax related stuff, but am too cheap and lazy). Anyway, I'd like to get into edge tuning and stuff of the sort. What is a bare minimum of stuff I need, and product reccomendations, and where to buy from? (yes, I did read through the faq, didn't give a ton of brand suggestions, though I did see a few) I recall reading something about using harbor freight diamond files onetime, I'm going to buy a harbor freight dial indicator (it'll be interesting to see how accurate the $8 dial indicator is, lol), I might as well get the 10 buck set of diamond files. (no local store, have to order)

So, once I have the files, what's all needed in the way of other files? Brand suggestions? Where to buy from?

After that, suggestions on brands of guides and things of the sort to buy?

I'm kind of on a budget. :

post #2 of 9
Ski edges are very hard. They'll dull the files I buy at the local hardware store. Diamond "stones" or "files" are good, but if you press hard, you'll knock out the diamond grit.

You need a tool for the edge angle. There are many. Take your pick. I'd like one that holds a stone as well as a file. The stone is needed to remove any burrs that stick out from the edges. Due to work hardening, these may be too hard for the file to remove. And, after filing, you'll want to lightly hone the edges with a fine stone.

That's about it. Some rubber bands off a bunch of broccoli works to hold the brake arms back. A garage sale iron, some all purpose wax, something straight to scrape off the excess wax (or just ski it off), and you're done. I wouldn't bother with filing the bottom edges...leave that for your annual shop tune with base stone grind.
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Actually, I do have a swix iron, and do have all purpose wax. Have a scraper and some brushes as well.

Thank you!
post #4 of 9
Search this section - you'll find MANY threads on this topic. Have fun working on your gear - it's great stuff!
post #5 of 9
For the first couple of years, I used one of the adjustable base and side edge tools which held either a 70mm stone or file. I liked the fact that you could also do the bases, and while I agree that you may not want to file the base angle, you may want to run a diamond stone over it to keep it clean and remove any high spots that may be causing by impact to the edges. Also, be sure that whatever tool you buy, you buy the correct length diamond stones - 70mm or 100mm.
I was in a shop that I rarely visit about a month ago and the owner was telling me that he had greatly increased the number of tuning tools he was carrying. The only problem was the base and edge guides he was selling required 70mm stones and his large collection of diamond stones (nice ones I may add) were all 100mm. I felt kinda bad pointing it out to him, but thought it best to do it before the season picked up.
post #6 of 9
Check out...Tognar Toolworks and the Race Place ( Beast tuning tools ) They are both great to deal with.
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Very happy with my new tuning setup

This year I got tired of awkward improvisation and decided to get basic, but correct, tuning tools. I bought the "deluxe kit" (which is an Xact tool and the other basic stuff) and a cinch vice (no more balancing on a cardboard box!) from Slidewright, and an iron and a few extra diamond stones from Racewax.

I had an old dead sewing machine (with cabinet) that I made into my bench -- removed the machine, though maybe I should have kept it as ballast.

I tried it for the first time tonight. I'm really happy. The Xact is a ridiculously simple device that works really well -- when I first unpacked it, my thought was, "Is that all there is to it?". But sometimes simple is better. I even did the max angle w/ panzer file = sidewall planer trick.

Now that I have an adjustable tool, I was surprised to discover my son's skis were set to 0.5/1, so I changed them to 0.5/2. (Well, the first edge anyway -- we are getting used to the tools. I'm sure the other edge will go faster now that we know what we are doing.)

Then on to the other three pairs. I may even do an older pair as well to have rock skis.
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Depending on the kind of skis you have you will need a side wall planer.

I hate the one I have, so I usually revert to a well sharpened X-Acto (sp) knife .... but it sure beats getting all of the plastic that will clog the files pretty quickly.
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