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Cheap waxing iron

post #1 of 12
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KMart will have an iron on sale on Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving when retailers hope to go into the black) for $5.99. It isn't a special ski wax iron, it is just cheap, which is almost as good.
http://bradsdeals.com/the-kmart-blac...pid-21465.html
post #2 of 12
Fill the steam holes with JB Weld, it should work fine.
post #3 of 12
Just be really aware of getting the wax too hot (it starts to smoke). A cheap iron will tend to vary the temperature a lot as you are using it.

I used an iron with holes for many, many years with no ill effects.
post #4 of 12
I'll stick with my $20 ski waxing iron with accurate temp control.
post #5 of 12
Before using any cheap iron, I would check the actual temperature using a Duratrax Flashpoint - they are about $25 on ebay. On the other hand', if you are going to spend an extra $25, it may be worth it to invest in a decent ski iron. JMHO.
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by NE1 View Post
Just be really aware of getting the wax too hot (it starts to smoke). A cheap iron will tend to vary the temperature a lot as you are using it.

I used an iron with holes for many, many years with no ill effects.
Me too, but the JB Weld made it a little nicer. I'm still using a clothes iron, but I think I have one with a pretty good thermostat.
post #7 of 12
I have an old GE with no holes that works pretty well. The only problem is I always worry that I'm over-heating the skis. I have a fiducial reference mark on it for the right temperature, keep the iron moving and also use the "don't smoke the wax" rule, but I still worry.
post #8 of 12
Also keep an upwards pull on the iron while waxing, thus avoiding any stiction between the iron and the ski. Pull up gently and slowly move the iron down the length of the ski in a smooth motion. Don't go back and forth and in circles, except when necessary to go back and melt unmelted spots.

An iron can definitely damage your precious bases. Many skis have metal in them, the iron can heat up the metal, thus causing a double whammy of heat from above and within. Go gently into the dark dark (ironing) night.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
I have an old GE with no holes that works pretty well. The only problem is I always worry that I'm over-heating the skis. I have a fiducial reference mark on it for the right temperature, keep the iron moving and also use the "don't smoke the wax" rule, but I still worry.
Just pay attention to the line of liquid wax behind the iron. If it goes from liquid to "solid" within a 3 or 4 secs then you are fine.
post #10 of 12
Though a domestic clothes iron (new or used) may be a less expensive option, the damage it can cause due to wide temperature swings can end up costing you. A good wax iron only fluctuates about 4-8 degrees Celsius when waxing. A clothing or small travel iron can fluctuate up to 30 degrees Celsius. The wild swing can easily generate scorching temperatures that burn bases or damage your gear.
Choose an iron with
  1. a minimum wattage of 800 W, and
  2. a thick (one-third to one-half inch) sole plate with no holes.
If your iron isn't calibrated, what you dial in may not be the exact temperature of the iron. Use these numbers as a guide and adjust down to the lowest temperature that will maintain the wax in a liquid state at a length of 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) behind your iron. Using your judgement is always preferred to relying on the dial setting.
post #11 of 12
One of the problems with using a clothes iron for ski waxing is that, after you dribble the wax on the skis, the sharp edge of the iron will push the wax dots off the bottom rather than spread them out. A waxing iron has rolled edges to prevent this. Swix has an iron for $40; a few waxings and it has paid for itself.
post #12 of 12
If you don't use a real ski waxing iron, I'd suggest going to Goodwill, Savers, ARC or any number of other thrift stores until you find an old iron with no steam/no holes.
The old ones like that have heavier, thicker bases so the temp is more consistent, but those steam holes will fill w/ wax and smoke like crazy.
That $5 model from Kmart is not what you want.
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