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Fat Skis Need a Fatter Iron!

post #1 of 34
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All of the new fat skis require 2 passes with my T-74 iron, which gets the bases hotter than I'm comfortable with. Can anybody recommend a fat iron that will do all of the new skis in one pass? Swix doesn't seem to make one.... Is there a snowboard iron out there that would do it?
post #2 of 34
Classic .

Try the Tech Talk section on TGR.
post #3 of 34
Turn your iron sideways.
post #4 of 34

Sideways

That's what I DO!
post #5 of 34
Snowboarders DON'T use extra wide irons!!! You don't need to either!!!! Keep it moving... make little circles.... SHEESH!!!
post #6 of 34
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Originally Posted by Tom in NW View Post
All of the new fat skis require 2 passes with my T-74 iron, which gets the bases hotter than I'm comfortable with. Can anybody recommend a fat iron that will do all of the new skis in one pass? Swix doesn't seem to make one.... Is there a snowboard iron out there that would do it?
I happened to read this again and realized you said you only make one pass. DropCliffs mentioned making circles, thats what you should be doing. Keep the iron moving, quickly, and make circular motions with it. You should be making lots and lots of passes of any given point on the base. It shouldn't touch any one spot for more than a second.
post #7 of 34
wax is pointless in pow anyway
post #8 of 34
I'm still using the same $10.00 iron I bought at K Mart in 1979. The end of the temp knob is broken off but I can still adjust it by sticking something in the groove. After finishig up the job I wipe it off with a towel when it is still hot and it is ready to go again next time.

I also use it sideways with circular motions when spreading the wax
post #9 of 34
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The end of the temp knob is broken off but I can still adjust it by sticking something in the groove.
ZZZZZZZZZAP!!!

crg gets a real charge out of waxing his skis.

Sooner or later, the temp knob on my $12 special will break off, and I'll adjust it the same way.
post #10 of 34
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Originally Posted by MAGGOT View Post
Turn your iron sideways.
Exactly

One pass:::
post #11 of 34
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Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post
One pass:::
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Originally Posted by Tom in NW View Post
a fat iron that will do all of the new skis in one pass? Swix doesn't seem to make one.... Is there a snowboard iron out there that would do it?
Under 'Kubota' we find:

post #12 of 34
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Under 'Kubota' we find:

Hey - a base flattener! :
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Under 'Kubota' we find:

I like it!!!!

My confusion was that you one pass a wax job does not make!
post #14 of 34
Snowboard, iron and wax dont go together, its just that simple. So your SOL.

Here is an idea, buy a slab of aluminum and have it machined to shape, slather some heat conducting grease on it and then bolt it to the bottom of your iron of choice....instant purpose-built iron.
post #15 of 34
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Snowboard, iron and wax dont go together, its just that simple...
: You are a clueless Barney two planker wanker.

Richie, do you wax your skis more often than you ski?
post #16 of 34
I'd say 50/50
post #17 of 34
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Here is an idea, buy a slab of aluminum
Lessee, Ebay, pans, Farberware, Rachael Ray (do I want grill marks for structure?), hey, Revereware!

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slather some heat conducting grease on it
Lard!

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and then bolt it to the bottom of your iron of choice..
What's this bolting business, anyway? The pan has a handle.
post #18 of 34
Avoid circles. If you trap a little grit between your iron and the base and make circles then you scratch the base in a circular pattern. If you move it with the length of the ski or board then at least you are generally in the direction of the base structure.
post #19 of 34
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Originally Posted by Norefjell View Post
Avoid circles. If you trap a little grit between your iron and the base and make circles then you scratch the base in a circular pattern. If you move it with the length of the ski or board then at least you are generally in the direction of the base structure.
Norefjell, with all due respect, why would you ever have grit on your skis, iron or in your wax when you are waxing? That is something you have total control over. If you do have grit it is due to total negligence and you deserve to have your bases chewed up! Jeez are you waxing in a gravel pit?:
post #20 of 34
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Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post
Norefjell, with all due respect, why would you ever have grit on your skis, iron or in your wax when you are waxing? That is something you have total control over. If you do have grit it is due to total negligence and you deserve to have your bases chewed up! Jeez are you waxing in a gravel pit?:
Bump!
post #21 of 34
Atomicman:

Advice came from a WC technician. It happens to the best of them. Only need to happen once.
post #22 of 34
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Originally Posted by Norefjell View Post
Atomicman:

Advice came from a WC technician. It happens to the best of them. Only need to happen once.
If you let the heat of the iron and it's own weight do it's job instead of pressing down hard you don't run any viable risk of scratching the base making circles with the iron. Now, having debris in the wax when scraping, there's a big problem: Start with a clean iron, clean wax (brush off anything that sticks to it if you set it down), in a relatively clean area and you will be fine.
post #23 of 34
Yeah, what do WC techs know?

The advantages to circular rather than linear ironing should be obvious.
post #24 of 34

sing it

Now the time is fit
For iron man to spread grit
Vengeance from the bench
Kills the structure he once brushed
post #25 of 34
Has he lost his mind?
Can he see or is he blind?
Can he walk at all
Or if he moves will he fall?

Is he alive or dead?
Has he thoughts within his head?
We'll just pass him there
Why should we even care?

He was turned to steel
In the great magnetic field
When he travelled time
For the future of mankind

Nobody wants him
He just stares at the world
Planning his vengeance
That he will soon unfold

Now the time is here
For Iron Man to spread fear
Vengeance from the grave
Kills the people he once saved

Nobody wants him
They just turn their heads
Nobody helps him
Now he has his revenge

Heavy bolts of lead
Fills his victims full of dread
Running as fast as they can
Iron Man lives again!
post #26 of 34
I was taught that you should exert a slight upwards pressure on the iron, not letting it's weight press down on the skis. This is to avoid burning the base.

If done right you can move very slowly along the length of the ski leaving 3 or 4 inches of molten wax behind. No need to make circles if you do this correctly.

And yes, just turn it sideways!
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post #28 of 34
I use the same things! For my last pass, i put the sheet on the ski, the iron on the sheet and then pull on the sheet to move the iron. About 1/2 way down the ski I move the iron to the unused part of the sheet and continue.

Makes for less scraping!
post #29 of 34
Unweighted iron and Fiberlene Pro Paper, nice tips. Thanks!
post #30 of 34
that's what we're all here for after all.

Tips....



and tails.
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