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Considering waxing and sharpening my own skis to save $$.....thoughts?

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I was calculating that if i'm to be out 8-12x/month skiing (2-3x/wk) then I'll be tuning my skis 2-3x/month at $35 (taxes in) a pop if I pop them off at my local store...so one sales rep  suggested to buy my own waxing iron, some IRC file or stone, and wax, and then to check out you-tube or the web for some instruction....would save some $$.

 

Just wondering if anyone does this and the degree of difficulty of getting an edge 'right'.. and has any tips/tricks I should know of (and some good links) ...or is it best to leave it to the pros...or do some do both depending on time etc?


Edited by canali - 11/8/10 at 7:25pm
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DO IT.

 

 

 

 

Edit:  Pick _one_ person over on the Tuning Forum  http://www.epicski.com/forum/list/37 and pick their brains.    Whatever you do, do NOT try to get a consensus or you'll never even start working on your own skis.  

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Any one that gives you reasons not to do simple tunes on your skis is a gaper....bottom line. It makes perfect sense and the more you ski the more money you will save by doing your own wax, edges, minor repairs and gasp..even mounts (epic skiers don't seem to like the latter idea, good info on TGR) if you spend the time to learn to do it right. All the info is out there and readily available to use.

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thanks...sorry but didn't look too deep into the forum to find that there exist (as you kindly displayed) a specific tuning forum, so many thanks...will head on over...

 

cheers
 

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Originally Posted by comprex View Post

DO IT.

 

 

 

 

Edit:  Pick _one_ person over on the Tuning Forum  http://www.epicski.com/forum/list/37 and pick their brains.    Whatever you do, do NOT try to get a consensus or you'll never even start working on your own skis.  

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Originally Posted by time2clmb View Post

Any one that gives you reasons not to do simple tunes on your skis is a parent....bottom line. 

This reads better. 
 

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Do it.  A good file guide (that holds stones too) for edges, a couple of diamond stones, an iron a plastic scraper and nylon brush is all you need to get started.  A file to use on the edges every dozen or so stone touch ups.  Lot's of how-to 411 in the tuning section.

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I taught myself how to tune a few years ago and it's well worth it. Once you've done it a few times it becomes second nature.

 

I started with a "Beast" kit from RacePlace - which includes an instructional DVD - and added to my tool kit gradually. That kit has everything you need to get started aside from a bench and vise. The upfront cost is hard to swallow, but it more than pays back over time.

 

I've bought a lot of tuning gear from Alpinord/slidewright. Terry is great to deal with as well and can probably set you up with the same gear as Race Place for similar cost.

 

See here: http://www.the-raceplace.com/Pro-Tune-Package-p/3034z.htm

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