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Machine Vs. Hand Jobs

post #1 of 8
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Friends and I were talking of ghettoing up some sort of ski tuning device (like a wintersteiger) but on the cheap. For the last several years we've been hand tuning our gear but have now heard a strange new twist. Our ski pro buddy (level four pro level three coach) says that once you start tuning a ski with a machine that is the only method that becomes effective as the belts and cooling system superheat and supercool the metal edges thus making them harder and un hand job able. I've been at this for years and never heard this before, has anybody found this to be true?
post #2 of 8
Nope, never heard that one before. Tempered steel used for ski edges is already some of the hardest steel found. I'm skeptical that a stone grinder is all it takes to make tempered steel even harder.
post #3 of 8
...as far as a hand job vs. a machine? ...I'll take the hand job.
post #4 of 8
What about Sharon Stone as Arnie's lurve-bot in Total Recall....now that's a machine!
post #5 of 8
I've used wintersteiger and grindrite for ten years, never found a problem with hardened edges. I prefer only to relieve the edges with the belts, while flattening the base with the stone. After that I will bevel and sharpen my edges, knowing that my file guide is running on a perfectly flat surface.
post #6 of 8
Hand jobs are good, but it depends who is doing the hand job.
post #7 of 8
There's a MACHINE that can do the same thing as a hand job?!?
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