I would be interested in reviews from the first wave of buyers. There may be more interest if the response from initial buyers is positive.
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2/4/08 at 3:40pm
Well, I finally got around to trying mine out and here are some thoughts. First it's a good quality tool. Comes up to temp in about 10 minutes but doesn't smoke or drip excessively when hot. The tip is designed to heat the area and lay down about a 3/4 inch swath of repair material which it does with a good amount of control. The material seems to bond pretty well to the ski base. All my experience has been with a ptex candle which I'm quite good with and can usually make near invisible if not completely durable repairs. The material supplied with the gun is something different entirely. It is more adhesive and much tougher than the candle. This is both good and bad. Although I expect the repair to last a long time it's quite a challenge to remove the excess that the gun leaves. I normally scrape ptex with a razor blade. Hardly touched this stuff. Tried a panzer file. A little better. Bastard file, almost nothing. Tried using the razor blade to slice off the excess. Somewhat successful but you have to be careful not to lever the entire patch off the ski. This stuff is tough. Open to suggestion, I'm still learning.
I know the guy in Scotland who had these guns made, they are a variation of an existing glue gun, but do seem to work to acceptable standards in base repair. The only issue that I have is how hard the base material rods are, I only use Wintersteiger Polyman guns and cant see how a gun that costs £80.00 can be anywhere near as good as one that costs £900, there has to be a trade off somewhere.