Use this clever tool to quickly remove just enough material from sidewalls prior to filing.
It is similar to a side edge file guide in construction, but the angle is a whopping 7- degrees.
This robust aluminum/composite tool includes a replaceable panzar file that easily removes metal or plastic from sidewalls.
Simply make one or two passes down the length of the ski and just enough material will be removed to allow access to the edge material
REPLACEMENT 1.5" PANZAR FILE
Replacement Panzar file to fit Beast sidewall planer.
Why Plane your Sidewalls?
It's often frustrating and difficult to bevel the side edges on skis and snowboards because overhanging plastic sidewall material gets in the way to impede cutting action and quickly clog up file teeth.
Removing this plastic material makes beveling and filing much easier.
It can be done if you're ultra careful using a hand-held file, but this is tricky stuff for most mere mortals since it's also real easy to slip up and damage your steel edge in the process.
The safest and fastest way is to use a sidewall planer.
These tools utilize a sharp carbide steel blade to shave away as much (or little) of the plastic sidewall material as you want at a precise depth from tip to tail.
Cut just enough material away for the file to get a good bite on the edge material, usually a pass or two is enough.
Used this on a new board before edge tuning. Took off just enough sidewall material. Panzar file does get plugged with sidewall shavings so have something with point handy to remove shavings. Nice tool!