So, I got my old (1980's) Ski Man vise set from my parent's house a few weeks ago. they were last used on a pair of Rossi 4SK's back in the day. I built myself a nice bench in my basement with good fluorescent lighting and plenty of work space. I had checked to make sure that the vises would open wide enough for my Nordica Top Fuels, but it was just a measurement, rather than actually holding them up to the ski. Needless to say tonight I went downstairs to tune up my skis before a trip this weekend to Sugarloaf, and the frikkin vises aren't gonna work.
It turns out the sidewalls on the skis aren't high enough for the vises to get a good bite, because of the overall thickness of the top of the ski. I can't put one in the middle between the heel and toe of the binding (with blocks under the tip and tail) because the base of the binding system is too thick to allow the vise to grip the sidewalls.
So I guess this means I need to drop another small pile of money on a new set of vises. Any recommendations on a set that will not cost me too much money, is high enough to work with the Marker bindings on these skis (I had to install 2x4 blocks under my current vises because the heel of the binding is too tall and was hitting the table), and aren't going to set me back a fortune?
Edited by friolator - 3/6/2009 at 01:24 am
Edited by friolator - 3/6/2009 at 02:21 am