- A durable aluminum base bevel guide that is adjustable from .5 Degrees to 1.5 Degrees in .25 Degrees increments.
- Fits files, stones or diamonds up to 6mm (1/4) thick and 10 " long.
- The tool positions the files or stones at the optimum angle for smooth cutting and polishing.
- Sold as tool only, file not included.
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I gave this tool an average rating based on its poor quality of manufacture. The width of the tool where it pinches the file or finishing stone was narrower than the ceramic stones I intended to use on the ski base. A quick look into the aperture and I could see there was a casting parting line that needed to be filed away to allow the ceramic stone to fit into the guide. It only took about three passes with a cheap hardware store file to correct that issue. The second but larger issue came when I tried to use the tool. It simple didn't "feel" like the stone was doing any work on the edge. I looked the tool over for about ten minutes before I finally realized that there were two casting projections just ahead of the pins on the under side of the tool that are used to catch the ski edge and act as the guide as the tool is slid along the ski edge. If you sighted across the edge of the tool you would see these two projections prevented the ceramic stone or file from contacting the ski edge. I also have an old Ski Mann base bevel guide and I compared this guide to that guide. You can see that the stone is allowed to contact the edge of the ski on the Ski Mann guide. The fix again was to file off these two casting humps. At this point the file/stone contacts the ski edge and the green portion of the tool controls the angle. Actually, I think the tool is well designed, it just didn't pass quality control before being shipped. If you buy one of these tools watch for this issue and hopefully you can see what I have talked about here and you can see if yours has the same issue or not.
Being somewhat of a novice ski tuner I am still somewhat uncertain how to properly use this guide. The only way I can get the file to bite is to slightly angle the tool and I am not so sure I should be doing that. This is when I am using the tool with the entire base flat - ski base up.
Does hold any file or stone. Seems quite accurate. Can be used in 'both' directions; I was able to simply turn the file around in the guide and then still run from shovel to tail on both base edges.
Concerned how long the plastic clamping screw will be able to hold onto files etc for, is quite long though.
Also wonder how long the green plastic 'stumps' that run on the ptex will stay the correct length for accuracy.
great tool easy to use and accurate