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Which diamonds?

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I think a file is probably too coarse for recreational tuning.

Which diamonds should I get? The higher the grade, the finer, yes?

So, a 600 and a 200?

dmt or something similar?

post #2 of 7

I use a 100, 200 and a 400 grit diamond. I know some on the forum go much higher but I don't see the use unless it is to drink more beer while tuning ;). Although a finer grit will leave a smaller burr.

 

Karl

post #3 of 7

If you really want sharp edges, you need a good file.  Diamonds won't cut it (pun intended).

post #4 of 7

File and a good edge bevel tool are essential for the inital bevel and periodic squaring. (I run 1 or 0.5 base and 3 edge bevels).  Otherwise I use 200 & 400 diamonds (and the edge tool) for touchups almost exclusively.  If you do an extremely careful job setting the initial base and edge, the effort later (say every 1-3 ski days depending on snow) to re-razor your side edges with the stones is minimal.  If I have a race I may go 600+ then arkansas stone for a mirror shine, but only if I have time and have had not too many beers by then.  However if you do have time and inclination to go to finer stones do it.  The edge will last siiiiiiggggggnificantly longer.  Have used DMT in the past, but they did not last.  Moonflex are more but are well worth it.  Remember, you don't have to use much pressure with stones.  And get some juice or make your own - I use 50% distilled water & 50% rubbing alch.  Keep everything lubed and clean those stones well every few passes or so with juice and a toothbrush - this is really important if you want those puppies to last and keep cutting well.  You can't let the diamonds clog up.  The burr should be minor - get a gummi and one or two light passes.

 

- James


Edited by jamester_a - 4/15/2009 at 03:45 am GMT


Edited by jamester_a - 4/15/2009 at 11:44 pm GMT
post #5 of 7

 

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Originally Posted by mrzinwin View Post

If you really want sharp edges and cut edge material faster, you need a good file.  Diamonds won't cut it (pun intended) as fast, but provide a smoother, longer lasting, highly desirable honed edge, conserve edge material, are more forgiving, etc.

Fixed it for ya before the A-man goes ballistic.

 

Get a 200 and 400 minimum diamond file. Then consider a 100 for faster cutting. A 600 and above is for the more discerning and to go to 'the next level'.

 

Best Regards,

Terry (aka Alpinord)

 

 

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post #6 of 7

100-200-400 for me (like the diaface moonflex).  200 is the workhorse of the bunch.  100 mainly for deburring.  400 for when I want to drink more beer.

post #7 of 7

 

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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post

 

Fixed it for ya before the A-man goes ballistic.

 

Get a 200 and 400 minimum diamond file. Then consider a 100 for faster cutting. A 600 and above is for the more discerning and to go to 'the next level'.

 

Best Regards,

Terry (aka Alpinord)

 

 

Ski & Snowboard Base Prep, Waxing, Tuning, Tools, Supplies & Accessories

Tips and Techniques  SlideWright Channel for videos


Thanks Terry!
 

 

I was beginning to perspire!

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