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KUU Vise President ski vise

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Anyone familiar with this vise? The price is right, just not sure of the quality.

post #2 of 18

I'll bet like many branded vises, the President is made by SkiMan which are typically metal vises. It looks like a variation of the SkiMan Board Gripper or a cross between Toko Board bench and World Cup vises.

post #3 of 18
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So, other than the fact that you don't sell these, is there any reason not to get one? As it is less expensive.

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As a general rule, cheaper does not necessarily mean better overall value. I only have limited info from the KUU catalog and my previous comments were based on some assumptions and 'other things being equal'. They look like they could work fine from what I can tell and have assumed.

 

I use the T4B Cinch on a track system a lot and rarely need to lasso clamp the skis and can work on two bases at once or on edge without clamping. The KUU vise looks similar in these areas which are more desirable than conventional clamping vises IMO, due to the ability to perform tasks quicker with fewer steps.

 

I could carry these and would be interested in your impressions if you end up getting them.
 

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Originally Posted by RatherPlayThanWork View Post

So, other than the fact that you don't sell these, is there any reason not to get one? As it is less expensive.

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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post

As a general rule, cheaper does not necessarily mean better overall value....

 

I could carry these and would be interested in your impressions if you end up getting them.
 


Oh, I know this well, I own a retail bicylce shop and explain that to customers regularly.

 

I'll buy it through you if you want to go thru the hassle of getting one in.
 

post #6 of 18

Thanks. I'll get a couple with our next order from KUU. It'll probably take a couple weeks for you to see it, however.

 

FWIW, check out this blog post on the Cinch & T-Track system I built for my bench. Once you go track, you'll never go back. 
 

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Oh, I know this well, I own a retail bicylce shop and explain that to customers regularly.

 

I'll buy it through you if you want to go thru the hassle of getting one in.
 

post #7 of 18

I have one set up in my shop and they are nice.  Very heavy duty and boards and skis don't slip resting on top.

 

http://www.racewax.com/product/PC-5880/Dual-Ski-Snowboard-Vise-President-KUU-does-both---PC-5880.html

post #8 of 18

Ha ha..... Just what I was looking for!   

 

I just purchased a bench and needed a dual-purpose vice.... and I do like KUU gear..... Thanks for the discount Doctor D!

 

(Could have bought this from KUU direct, being in Canada and all.... but with the discount, there's only a few bucks in it and i'd rather support a sponsor!..... Let's just hope I dont get stung for tax! )

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I'll toss in a couple of freebie items to help offset any duty at the border.  Thanks!

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What's the vise top-to-bench distance on these?

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I am out of town and asked someone to measure it for me in the shop.  They said about 6.25 inches.  I'll double check in a couple of days.

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Yes, it is 6.25 inches clearance.

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What's the vise top-to-bench distance on these?

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Box arrived in the mail yesterday..... That was quick and no tax charge at the border, yay!.... All in all great service, thank you!

 

Thanks for the extras Dr.D...a bottle opener?  you must know me already biggrin.gif

 

 

The vices are pretty meaty, solid construction, first impressions are better than the more expensive basic ski-man stands.... Not sure how long it'll take me to lose the inserts, but we'll see.  I'll take a couple of pics once I get to use them.

 

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I don't think it is a rebranded Ski Man as this vice is made in China. The build quality appears similar though.  I got this and am not thrilled with it.  It's good enough for waxing skis and boards.  For heavier base work though I'm unhappy with the lack of a hold down of some sort.  Skis move around and if you go much past the vices to the tips or tails the other end of the ski will tip up.  Next I'm going to try the cinch and track set-up.

post #15 of 18

^^^^

Just add a lasso clamp as your hold down.

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A c-clamp and a small bungee from a hardware store will solve your problem. There is no perfect ski/board combo vise and there are no alternatives, so its hard to be critical of it. People have been asking me for a combo vise for many years and have had to deal with worse options.  The key is its ability to handle vertical mounts for edge work.  If you bought the vise from me, return it, I'll sell it in a heartbeat.  I will sell out this week and the supplier is sold out for the season.  I wish I had 100 more.

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I don't think it is a rebranded Ski Man as this vice is made in China. The build quality appears similar though.  I got this and am not thrilled with it.  It's good enough for waxing skis and boards.  For heavier base work though I'm unhappy with the lack of a hold down of some sort.  Skis move around and if you go much past the vices to the tips or tails the other end of the ski will tip up.  Next I'm going to try the cinch and track set-up.

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I love this vice.... Great for me as my other-half snowboards.... Also the vice easily supports two fat skis side by side, making waxing just a little bit quicker.

 

 

One minor issue for +100mm skis is that you will need to cut down the insert blocks for side edge work.... Out of the box they are too high and the leverage of the ski quickly opens up the vice.... Trim them down to size and you're good to go.

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Doctor D, I'm curious is this is the best product for fat powder skis?  I've got a pair of K2 Pontoons that are 130 mm at the waist, and so I'm looking for a vise to accommodate these fatties.  Thanks.

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