I did order a mender gun, which did not work. I shot Terry an email, and within 2 days I received a replacement gun. I have to say that I am duly impressed with the customer service they provide.
I'm highly satisfied.
I live in Norway and some specialist ski stuff can be hard to find. Dropped Terry an order yesterday - binding bit and a big bag of coloured binding hole plugs. $35 for postage sounded a bit steep, but the website said they'd review the international postage rates and refund if overcharged. Today I got confirmation that the order is sent, got the tracking number... and a $20 refund on the postage. Very sweet indeed.
Many, many thanks Terry - perfect service.
Thank you Squawker.
The best international shipping deal going is the USPS Small Flat Rate global priority boxes. If an order is 4 lbs/1.8kg or less and fits, it can be shipped globally for $15 or so and arrive in just over a week. The box size is
(8 1/2" x 5 1/4" x 1 1/2"/216 x 133 x 38mm). One caveat is that the tracking options of the more expensive shipping options are not available, but the reliability has been very good so far.
Got some great stuff for X-mas this year! Emailed my brother-in-law a SlideWright wishlist and got some neato stuff.
TL:DR version - very happy with everything!
I end up doing a dis-proportionate amount of edge work (and base repair for that matter). I think this is due to the fact that I am not working on race gear. I just work on friends and neighbors stuff and get paid in beer (although sometimes I get wax/ tools as well). These are folks who aren't really keeping on top of things if you will and they are not really regular riders. My regular "customers" gear is easy to work on and I know every time I see new damage if there is any. Either way, I get some thrashed stuff fairly often.
I have read a lot about properly using stones and thought I would get a bunch to try out / make the switch. Here is what I got.
- 4 different Ski Visions stones (the main part of this order) in varying grits
- Came with a tuning stick for testing edge sharpness
- An SVST stone
- A KUU stone (Got these last two just b/c they were inexpensive and thought I would see what they were about)
- 4 High tech binding retainers
- Stickers for the new Yakima Box!!! Needed these to sing the praises of Purple Maplus wax to the world!
- Crazy roll of Maplus base tape just in case I also need to use some to advertise the awesomeness or do proper edge tunes without fouling the base.
So the loot arrived very quickly as usual, but I waited to open them so I had something to open on X-mas. Tried out the stuff and thought I would post some praise / thoughts.
I really like going to these ski-visions stones. I like that they can be refreshed if they get loaded up with material and don't wear out like diamond stones do. I really like to not have to switch back and forth from diamond to file to work out rock damage. I just finished a snowboard that had some level of damage on the entire edge. The edges really surprised me how good they came out after I was done. Sharp as hell (of course) but also really perfect looking again.
I will say that even though I thought I would not have to use the file at all any more, It was nice to have to remove more material from edges that were not too good.
The tape was unexpectedly handy. I suppose it is the kind of thing that once you try it, you won't go back. It is really nice to keep the filings out of the base of the board I was working on. Very cool.
The original reason for looking into the Ski-Visions stones was for my 1 degree Ski-Man base bevel that I bought at the end of last season and they don't really fit that very well either. That thing kind of only likes files as far as I can tell. It hates my diamond stones because they are only barely long enough and it hates most other stones because they have to be just the right size to work - not too wide but also just the right thickness. Unlike my old guide which would take everything (but was cheap and plastic) or a side bevel which you just clamp whatever to it. I think I will look for a new base bevel that is designed more like my old one.
I guess the only "Drawback" of this particular order is that now I can really see the advantage of a sidewall planer. Looks like I will grab one of those soon - along with more Purple Maplus wax of course!
Ha! The tape was to wrap around your rocket box like Christmas lights, not to protect ski bases! There's no question it and a side wall planer makes life a bit easier.
I've been putting off test driving the Ski Visions stones until I wore out my plethora of diamonds, but you convinced me to go pour a beer and hit my edges with them this time around, finally. Mark (SkiVisions) spent a substantial amount of time this past winter and summer improving his stone line and file base flattener files. The redressing ability can make them a lifetime set of stones. The new ceramic is not as brittle as the previous ones and ought to polish very nicely.
Thanks for the input and Happy New Years!
I'm new to tuning and asked Terry for some advice on what ski vise I needed. After some quick replies to my questions, I ordered the KUU Vise President ski vise and he shipped them the same day! I received them quickly and am impressed by how well they work, especially for the price. Thank you!
Funny. I noticed the difference in the ceramic but could not quantify it since I bought the small square ones from you last year. I am sure it will be a good polish stone, but I liked it for that "mop" ability that seemed to erase burrs. Not sure if it is as good at that. I'll test some more tomorrow since I got another beat up board to work on.
I LOVE that coarse Ruby stone though. it takes a good amount of material but can still get through damaged hardened areas. I have been spraying them with water when I use them, but I am not sure if that is right or needed. Always did that with the Diamond stones so just kept doing it.
PS - is that a Black Tire in your picture or just a regular Black and Tan?
A black and tan prepared by my talented wife.
Mark's theory, which is contrary to many others, is to NOT use lubricants. I tried that last evening and also really like the 180 grit stone. It honed the edges sharp, quickly (after I had to remove side wall material with the Toko planer)! Followed by the 350 and ceramic, I'm psyched to get out on the hard pack and see how the Stockls carve. The original plan was today, but my son wants to go on a mini-tour instead. I'll report back after I get on the piste in the next couple days.
Mark rewrote his instructions for the 4" stones and the Ski Sharp and are good reads, The Ski Sharp stones are the same as the 4" stones. Check out his discussion on grip/slip/glide relative to zone tuning of the edge and relative to a damp vs lively ski. I typically sharpen the same tip to tail and with my damp Stockls, I'm not seeing any reason to change at the moment. Experimenting with the zone tuning vs a radial tune might be interesting over the next couple weeks of foreseeable hard pack and corduroy with no new snow.
CJ, glad the vise is working out for you. Thanks.
I feel I ought to pitch in to the 'Props for Alpinord' thread, too. Every time I place an order, I feel like I'm rooting for a problem, because whenever an item is on back order, Terry throws in a sampler of something.
Recently, I was placing an order for a few items, and while browsing the specials, I found the teflon ironing pads. We like to talk about game changers in skis and boots. This stuff is a game changer in waxing. For the last year, I've been crayoning and ironing with fiberlene. It saves about 2/3 of the wax over dripping. But when it comes to the overlay wax, I felt like most of the expensive HF stuff would end up in the fiberlene. With the teflon pad, 100% of the stuff you rub on, melts into the ski. There's absolutely no waste. There's just no going back.
How is it a game changer? Simply, there's no way I could afford a 50 gram puck of HF wax for $50, if I was dripping it on with an iron. But after applying it to two pairs of skis with the teflon pad, I can't even tell which side of the puck I used to rub the skis. I probably used a couple of grams, yet the results were great. At this rate, the exotic waxes become available to the masses.
I'll add some SlideWright props too.
I had seen mention of the soldering iron base repair method a couple of years ago and a short back-and-forth email conversation with Terry resulted in an order for the soldering iron, some P-tex, and some metal grip to repair hubby's race skis. Everything arrived quickly and I found that Terry had even posted a tutorial on his website in the interim. The first repair hubby did with the soldering iron lasted a full 2 years of racing before he retired that pair of skis.
I thought about hubby's first repair with that soldering iron today as he walked me through my first full set of repairs - turns out it was much easier than I had expected! Then, later, I had to chuckle a bit at the coincidence that I'm still using the last little bit of the Maplus Green wax that we got in the aforementioned wax test kit. Looks like it's just about time to put in another order! Gotta LOVE a company that's all about customer service!!!!