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Allstone ski base grinder

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I have made contact with a local guy who has an Allstone base grinder from the mid-80s for sale. I couldn't google anything about it or the company as I believe they are long since out of business (Boulder). The price is right but I'm a little reluctant to pick up this white elephant. It's 600 lbs, water cooled and does a stone grind and belt sand finish. Anyone know anything about them?
post #2 of 10
Not familiar with that brand, I have had Mohn and Montana myself. Make sure the belt is a common size from a ski tuning house and check the stone. f the stone needs replacement, that is about 1000-1500.00. Is it 220v or 3 phase? Check, I made that mistake once on a purchase.

I got rid of my machine a bit ago. With the newer skis requiring such a particular tune and degree on the edges, I found that I used it less and less. Most of these smaller machines are indeed white elephants.
post #3 of 10
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Phil, thanks. I needed someone to talk me out of it. I can't remember when we started base beveling but seems like in the 80s everything was flat and square. At 600 lbs I couldn't get it into the basement anyway so it would be too much in the way.
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Phil, thanks. I needed someone to talk me out of it. I can't remember when we started base beveling but seems like in the 80s everything was flat and square. At 600 lbs I couldn't get it into the basement anyway so it would be too much in the way.
At 600lb, it is much tougher to get it out of a basement. .
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At 600lb, it is much tougher to get it out of a basement. .
True, going down would be a snap. It really would be a white "elephant".
post #6 of 10
Almost sounds like a Grind Rite that I used when I worked in a shop. It had a stone on one side and a belt on the other.
post #7 of 10
I used to have an Allstone, it was basically a belt sander. Really easy to make your bases convex on it, I eventually donated it to a neighbour to use for woodworking.
post #8 of 10
Allstone machines ran on regular 110 plugins and generally were bought by shops that didn't want to buck up and buy Montana/Wintersteiger/Reichmann machines.
Then they could say they had a "stone grinder", unfortunately these same low budget shops usually hired "stoned grinders" and the work reflected it.
I made lots of money fixing Allstone tuned skis in the late 80s early 90s as the shop down the street had one.
If you need a dock anchor, buy it.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Looks like I made the right choice on this one, thanks.
post #10 of 10
hey i know this is an old post but my dad just bought one of these base grinders and i was wondering how to use one i have never used a base grinder before if any one can help me that would be great
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