- Heftier, with a more ergonomicly-shaped body than the FK model.
- Includes a round cutting blade.
- An Optional square carbide cutting blade is also available.
- The tool allows for easy height and depth cutting adjustments.
Why Remove Sidewall Material?
The files used to tune skis are generally high quality and do a fantastic job at cleanly cutting the hard steel edges found on modern skis and snowboards, but they are terrible at removing sidewall material, it simply gums-up the file. If you've ever run a file down the side edge and just couldn't get it to bite it may be that the file was running on sidewall material which inhibited it from contacting the edge. As skis are tuned over time the steel edges become flush with the sidewall, once the two are flush it is time to remove a bit of the sidewall material so the file can cut the edge cleanly. The most accurate method to remove the material is with a sidewall cutter (also called a sidewall planer), these tools are adjustable so that just enough material is removed, usually less than 1mm, just enough so the file can get a bite.
- Remove just enough material so the file can get a bite (less the 1mm).
- Use minimal pressure on the tool, allow the tool to do the cutting.
- One long pass is preferable.
- If you get chatter marks on the sidewall (usually from to much pressure) use a bit of sandpaper to smooth them out.
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Great quality sidewall planer. Love the adjustability to dial it in just perfect. The round bit is the one to get. Don’t bother switching to a square bit.
I own a Beast sidewall shaver and hate it. The Beast cuts into my steel edges and is difficult to manipulate. The Wintersteiger is basically idiot proof, which is VERY important when I'm tuning a ski. Now, I can stop gumming up my file when I'm tuning my edges. Yaaaaaay! Excellent piece of kit. Easy to use. Worth every penny.
Yes, I used a rabbeting plane, chisels, whatever it took to relieve the plastic sidewall before finally breaking down and getting this tool. It does a wonderful, controlled job, and there's no interference with the binding or brake arms. Get one.
I really like this tool! I bought one for my self and my dad! My ski's are much sharper and takes me much less time to sharpen!