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Used Binding torque tester?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Anybody got friends on the inside that might have access to a "pre-loved"
binding torque tester????

My "old school" quiver has grown to about 20 pairs and this would be handy to keep them all in top form for next season and the ones beyond. As was discussed elsewhere, some of the earlier bindings (pre 1979) had numbered setting 1-4 or 1-5 that don't really relate to a real setting.

So now before you tell me I shouldn't still be skiing on that "old crap", instead find me a test so I CAN ski safer!!!
post #2 of 14
I have a large old school quiver too..haven't been on any of them for years..and years. Large newer quiver too. All the old ones are Salomon old screw mount pattern(pre-1989/90) and all the newer ones are newer Salomon. I still have some older classic bindings but I was buying/testing so many sksi that I converted them all over to Salomons and do the same with newer skis when I can.
I just test mine with a ski boot..on my foot. if they feel good,release when they are supposed to and don't come off when they shouldn't..when I am skiing..I am happy.
There are a lot! of ideas for making binding torque testers..using torque wrench's.. and adapters etc.
My .02..I don't really care what they test at any more. If it doesn't feel good in my boots on my skis when I test it..I just don't ski it that's all. As long as they feel good..not grating..smooth release..the track isn't rusted/corroded and it is lightly greased..good to go.
Use/get an old boot as it will get chewed up if you test enough bindings. ESPECIALLY! metal bindings WITH a plastic type coating on that is starting to peel off.
post #3 of 14
I had one a few years back that I tried to sell on Ebay then give away here. No takers on either front, I ended up throwing it away.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 

I hate when this happens......

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
I had one a few years back that I tried to sell on Ebay then give away here. No takers on either front, I ended up throwing it away.
This is EXACTLY why I am currently hearding up old straight skis before THEY all go to the landfill too!
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post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 

Nice but....

at $2800 just a touch out of my price range.....

Really only want/need to check toe lateral release so something much

simpler will work.

But thanks!
post #7 of 14
It's a glorified torque wrench; build your own.
post #8 of 14
Like others have said, you could probably fab something up with a torque wrench. A "beam" one from Craftsman should do the trick and they're pretty reasonably priced:



You'd need and extension (10-12" should do the trick), then something to slip into the footbed area of the boot. I'm sure something could be fabbed up for a few bucks.

Just be mindful, torque wrenches aren't 100% accurate once you start snapping on extensions and whatnot. But it should give you a decent "ball park."
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

I made one up today....

Should do the trick.....
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post #10 of 14
Nice work! Looks like it'll do the job.
post #11 of 14
Ladies and gentleman, there will be a slight delay in our departure to Cleveland.

Five minutes later, the First Officer is noted casually returning to the cockpit, whistling and twirling a roll of duct tape on his finger.

:

Happy Trails Cowboy!
post #12 of 14
Now for forward release......
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
Ladies and gentleman, there will be a slight delay in our departure to Cleveland.

Five minutes later, the First Officer is noted casually returning to the cockpit, whistling and twirling a roll of duct tape on his finger.

:

Happy Trails Cowboy!
The irony of your comment is that I am a FAA Certified A&P Mechanic.

Since I will ski these old straight skis and the bindings that went with them, anything that helps me verify their proper operation is a plus. Binding Indemnification and planned obsolesence is a sales promotion as far as I'm concerned. Every ski pass I've ever bought says "Ski at your own risk". So I'm not looking to place fault with a binding manufactuer or Ski tech.

If you want new equipment every time "something new" is released, good for you, and I hope that it is just that for you, and it makes your day on the slopes happy ones.
post #14 of 14
I will neither confirm, nor deny, that a Cessna Cardinal was flown with the gas cap held on by duct tape for a few hundred miles. I was airframes ...
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