Originally Posted by Noodler
I've been trying to avoid this, but you've suckered me into it
Here is the list of tools that I use regularly. Some may disagree with my selections, but I'm interested in hearing some feedback anyhow.
I've listed the tools basically in the order I use them.
Noodlers tuning tools:
Holmenkol Tuning Bench and World Cup vise (the most important tools in my opinion)
True Bar (I prefer the "knife edge" models)
Tognar P-tex iron and ribbon P-tex
10" laser cut chrome files (flat filing the base only)
SkiVisions Base Flattener with steel bar (the key to this tool is maintaining the "trueness" and removing burrs)
Steel brush (used to clean skis between steps and freshen structure)
8" laser cut chrome file (used for setting base bevel only)
Toko World Cup Base Bevel Guide (A-man's recommendation - awesome)
Skiman Sidewall Skyver (planer) with round blade (only for initial prep)
SVST 4" pansar file (side edge bevel set only)
SVST Pro Edge Beveler guide 93 degrees (I have the 92 also, but rarely use it)
Moonflex diamond stones/files (I have the whole progression from 100 to 1500)
SVST Secret Sauce (diamond file lubrication)
SVST Final Cut Base Edge Bevel Guide 1.0 (guide for polishing base edges)
Grey Gummi stone (only used to dull the edges that have no contact with snow)
Stone kit (multiple grades - used for finishing edges with misc. needs)
Tognar citrus base cleaner (only used if the base is really dirty)
SkiVisions Base Flattener with structure stones (coarse, medium, fine)
Brass Riller bar
Toko waxing iron
Dominator Zoom waxes
Reliable Racing plastic scrapers
Toko plastic scraper prep tool (renew the scraper edges)
Fine steel brushes and/or brass brushes (I don't use nylon anymore)
Horse hair brush (rarely used unless searching for serious speed)
DMT diamond files (only used to maintain the steel bar and structure stones)
P.S. Almost forgot - shop apron and band-aids!
The only "controversial" component of my kit is probably the SkiVisions Base Flattener. Once I learned how to maintain the steel bar and structure stones using diamond files (I do this between every 2-3 passes of the tool) I've achieved excellent results (much better than Ray's way using sandpaper and a sanding tube - that leaves tons of P-tex hairs). The SkiVisions tool leaves almost perfectly smooth and flat bases - you just need to be careful to overlap your passes with even pressure (so that you don't introduce "waves" along the ski base). I wish I could afford to get a base grind more often, but the SkiVisions tool is an excellent substitute in my opinion (A-man would definitely disagree).