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The ski version works with alpine or telemark skis, and comes with a 6" hardened steel cutting bar, a 6" medium structure ruby stone and a brass cleaning brush. An optional 6" coarse structure stone is available.
Posted by Unknown on 17th Mar 2013
Two bad snow years made me think a lot about base repair. I saw this tool on Tognar.com and read the reviews. I am so glad I bought this tool. It is simple, easy to use and my bases are like new every time I go skiing!
Posted by GWH on 5th Mar 2013
I tune all my own equipment and occasionally other instructors. I have always used a straight edge to inspect for flatness and hand flattened as needed. What a chore! Then decided to get the Ski Visions Base Flattening Tool with both the Steel and Ceramic inserts. PROS - This tool is easy to use and very effective. Really flattens those unseen bumps - using light, multiple passes with the steel insert and then the ceramic. Leaves a nice structure that holds wax better. I often use a Rill Tool to construct further structure for wax retention and improved flat turn navigation. CONS - If the ski is railed (concave base) the steel edge takes a beating. But the insert is wide enough to slide (across) the tool to provide sharp cutting surface. Also the set screws could be improved from the allen wrench design to afford a Open/Shut process to hold the insert. The current process takes great care to change out inserts and avoid getting cut or dropping the inserts. Overall this is a great tool and I wish I'd have purchased it many years ago.
Posted by Mike MacAllister on 4th Feb 2013
Nice to be able to flatten and structure the bases at home and save the $35 or whatever. Very informative videos on the tool available. Works fine and is well made. Glad I bought it.
Posted by Mark Sewell on 3rd Feb 2013
The best way to structure is as shown in the videos, medium stone then steel blade finish, adjusting to a fine structure if desired. You can make a stone more fine, but you cannot make it more coarse. If someone wants to make a stone more fine, just dress the grit side of the stone! You can make it quite fine.
Posted by Unknown on 2nd Feb 2013
Good for major base repair, I would like to have a stone that had a fine structure. I tune skis for kids racing youth ski league races and don't like the medium structure with colder snow conditions.
Posted by esmundo on 11th Jan 2013
For the price of 2-3 machine tune this tool is a no brainer. Easy to use with very good results. Can't believe I stuck with my sanding block for years without getting this tool.
Posted by Eric Z on 30th Dec 2012
Very satisfied with this tool.
Posted by Steve D. on 24th Jun 2012
Riding a flat ski with the right base structure is amazing. I always thought that taking my boards to the local shop was the answer. Their fancy,computerized stone grinder is state of the art, right? I experienced poor results from time to time but never really worried about it until last season when a new pair of boards got hacked by a careless pass on the machine. I decided to take matters into my own hands. I got the Ski Visions Base Flattener/ Structure tool along with a solid vise from Tognar. The instructions included were very complete.Practicing on some older skis I quickly learned to use this simple tool. Confident in the tool and my ability to use it,I started tuning my good skis. Working through my quiver I was surprised that skis that had recently been tuned on a stone grinder were not very flat at all. Following the directions and patiently working the Ski Visions Flattener gets the bases truly flat. Using the optional coarse stone speeds up base removal on convex bases. Finishing off with a structure correct for the current conditions leaves the skis as good as they can be. All my skis now run fast,really fast. I am very stoked by the upgrade in performance achiveable with this tool. A quality product with replaceable parts, I am pleased to have it on my bench.I would suggest it to anyone who likes to work with their hands and ski on well tuned gear.
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