Earlier this season, I ordered a new Pansar File from our good friends at Slidewright. Let me tell you how much this darn thing has helped.
As some background, I am not a race tuner. I tune skis and snowboards for my buddies and work for only for beer. Despite the rec nature of my clientele, they do a decent amount of damage to their gear. As such, I still need to be able to handle every situation.
It started out as a tool whose job was to maintain other tools. It did GREAT in this role. I have a jig / thing I had bought a while back that can hold a file at 90 degrees. I put the new file in there and then sharpen my scrapers perfectly flat. I have used this jig / thing with other types of files, and they just don't do the job properly.
Scraping wax was all of a sudden a dream. My old beat scrapers that were previously a pain in the ass were young and perfect again! Then I had to do some pretty extensive repair work on a snowboard. Let me tell you, after planing the p-tex a bit with a versa-planer, a sharp scraper is the most wonderful thing for a pro repair. Not that they were bad before, but they are such perfect repairs. Flat as hell to the touch and visually perfect as well. I don't have to over work, I just drag relatively lightly (at least compared to the effort I put in before they were sharp) and the p-tex comes right off in little ribbons until it is flat and smooth.
Do your own structuring? Killing off p-tex hairs is no problem at all if you have a really sharp scraper. I avoided structuring most of the time over the last few years unless I had to do a bunch of repair. Now I go for it whenever it seems needed without worrying about how long it will take me to get it smooth again. My clients (ski buddies) can't believe how good their skis are and how fast straight away.
Then I decided to go pro-modified with this little thing. There were a rolled edge that looked as if it had melted. It would have taken an hour of alternating diamond stones and my normal file to flatten the protruding material if you can picture it. I gently free-handed the file over the affected area for a few passes and lo and behold, the offending metal just flew off. Word of warning, you don't want to overuse it in this way; it takes off a lot of material quickly. Used properly though, it can be a real time saver.
The moral of the story is: No matter what level of tuner you are, you owe it to yourself to have sharp scrapers. Everything is easier and the results are wonderful.