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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

I just started putting together a kit for home tuning.  


Here's what i have on the way, right now I'm just focusing on waxing but I definitely need to fix some edges sooner or later on my skis.







Supplies from Artech:


Product Name Part No. Quantity Item Price Total Price
Swix Fiberlene: Small
6708 1 $8.00 $8.00
FK SKS Hook Brake Retainers: 1 Pair
6808 2 $5.00 $10.00
ARTECH Wax Scraper: Thick (Notched)
6615 2 $4.50 $9.00
Swix Hydrocarbon Wax: CH6 Blue 180 gram Package
9077 1 $25.00 $25.00
Swix Hydrocarbon Wax: CH7 Violet 180 grams Package
9081 1 $25.00 $25.00
Swix Hydrocarbon Wax: CH8 Red 180 gram Package
9085 1 $25.00 $25.00


I also have this starter kit


I'll primarily be working on my skis: Volkl Mantra 184s (94 mm underfoot) and my gf's Dynastar Legend Eden 152.


My question:


I went with the work bench above because it seemed sturdier than the Swix ones and as large as the smallest Swix one here:,2748&MainPage_6117=6138:39721::0:6118:5:::0:0  


Now I'm concerned about the table's length for tuning my 184s.


Can someone give some guidance for how big a table edge surface I would need to work on 184 cm skis securely in the vise I've selected?


I'm sure I can rig something up on top of the bench I selected to make it a bit longer.  Even this high-end table from Holmenkol is not that much wider than my starting point.



post #2 of 7

The bench you got should be big enough.  If it's not you can just screw a larger piece of plywood or MDF to the top of it.



post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

Got the bench.  I'm really happy with it.  It's build for contractors.


I called the owner, he said someone else called him to say they are also using this thing for ski tuning.



post #4 of 7

I would appreciate a user report on the iron after you have had a chance to use it for a while. It is expensive but appealing.

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by vsirin View Post

I would appreciate a user report on the iron after you have had a chance to use it for a while. It is expensive but appealing.

Tried out the Toko T14 digital iron today.  I liked it.  The shape is really nice.  On the short side, it covers most of my ski while still fitting between the brakes on mine but not on my GF's skis.  On the long side, it overhangs both edges quite a bit.  It has a nice fat heat plate.  I used it today with the Swix Fiberlene cloths and that was a nice setup.


It took a few minutes to come up to temp and acted squirrely during that time with the temp gauge bouncing all over so I had a beer.  

post #6 of 7

At a local shop they did a tuning demo.  Of course they have tons of room but one they had that most dont was a nice metal box for catching was during the scraping part of the tune.  Nothing fancy, just a long sheet metal box under the clamps / ski support


i'm sure it saved a lot of cleanup time for them

post #7 of 7

I prefer a longer table, but I need to work on up to 215cm skis. The longer table (with feet wider apart) is more stable so you can be more aggresive with brushing.

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