I just had my bases ground so I could make an unscientific glide comparison (and change base bevels) and cannot discern a difference in glide the excellent glide. I can easily bump up the coarseness come spring and reduce next season. It's definitely better than sanding or abrading bases for structuring. It can be labor intensive for flattening though.
Good idea on the knobs. A cam lock/quick release, better yet. I'll pass this on to the inventor/supplier. I order knobs for the Cinch and CordLoc vises and will get some for the Ski Visions tool.
Remember, the blade is 'designed' for edge high flattening and stones for base high flattening. It'd be a real bummer to spend a lot of time and effort getting your bases dialed in and then trashing them with a burr on the metal blade. Good reminder Bob on the maintenance.
|Terry, I have thought about it a number of times, but there are two problems. First, the wall next to the screws doesn't allow for much space for fingers, second, the tightening knobs will get in the way of finger tips when using the tool. Hence, I have always stuck with the wrench. But I think about it from time to time. Thanks for the input. Mark|
When I bought mine several years ago, it came w/ a serrated edge (1) on the steel blade. That really took off the base material.
How aggresive can you get with this tool?
My skis usually come out base high, and shops are reluctant to really give them a good grind. I'm thinking that this would let me flatten the whole ski while really focusing on specific spots...
I've been using one for the better part of 2 decades now and my steel blade also has 1 serrated edge. This was bought in the era of skinny skis and I had to cut off one of the edge guides so the tool would work on the wide tips and tails of today's skis. I'm still using my original stones and bar so I'm long overdue for replacements. Are the new accessories now long enough so I won't have to make a reverse pass to structure the tips as I now have to do?
This is the most useful base tool I own and makes cleaning up p-tex patches a breeze. Careful with the steel bar, to much pressure or the wrong angle will leave 'chatter' marks on your base. Practice on an old pair of skis first.
I'm glad to read that so many people are using this simple but effective tool. Honestly, I don't know anyone else around here who has one!
When tuning a few pairs of skis, I started paying attention to where the allen screws are, and where the knobs I've suggested to replace them would be. I've concluded that, at least the way I tend to hold and use the SkiVisions base plane, small knurled knobs would not interfere at all. If you were to curl your fingers tightly over the large grip, your finger tips might find knobs to be in the way. But I don't think my fingers would come anywhere the knobs. For what it's worth....
Well, yeah, you do!
I also think knobs would be an upgrade worth trying!