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Ski Visions Ski Base Flattener & Structure Tool

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$69.95
SKU:
SVN BF1

Product Overview

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.

  • This precision hand-planing tool uses a hardened steel bar to cleanly shave off high or low spots on p-tex bases, remove existing oxidized p-tex areas, as well as shave off unwanted p-tex hairs and microhairs. 
  • Replace the steel bar with a structure stone to cut a linear structure into the base, dispersing water and improving glide.
  • The tool includes a medium structure stone, optional coarse structure stone is available.
  • Although the steel bar is hard enough to cut down steel edges if they're too high, we recommend you use a mill file (or better yet, the Ski Visions File Base Flattener) to do that job and save your steel bar from unnecessary wear. 
  • A few quick passes with this tool after every week or so on the slopes will freshen up your structure, keep the base flat, and improve its ability to absorb wax. 
  • These periodic touch-ups significantly improve performance without removing excess base material. 
  • Replacement and optional blades are available.
  • For comprehensive information on using this tool, click here.
  • Structure stones can be redressed.
  • Steel planing blade cane be re-honed using the optional Blade Sharpening Stone.
  • Tools and stones made in the USA.

 

 

 

 

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  • 4
    Ski Visions Base flattener & structure tool

    Posted by Mark on Jun 10, 2020

    I am an experienced shop tech with over 20 years in the industry. I bought the tool as an alternative to having a shop grind my many pairs of skis. I watched the video from the company to get the recommended procedures and grabbed some boards to work on. It does take some effort and a lot of passes to get a ski flat the first time around with the tool. I used the medium stone supplied and tried to stop often to brush away the base material that the tool cuts. I switched the stone for the steel cutting bar occasionally to cut the "hairs" left and give me fresh material to work with. After about 45 minutes I had a flat ski and reasonable structure showing. I'm a bit concerned with the lack of a true pattern in the base, but time will tell. I've put storage wax on the skis to see how well it soaks in. I'm heading to Timberline in a few weeks so I'll wax for the summer slush and update once I've skied on this par.

  • 5
    Ski Visions base flattener and structure tool

    Posted by Gregg Leion on Mar 11, 2020

    Valuable tool that allows a high level of tuning on a home bench. Highly recommend watching the videos available on the Tognar website with instructions on how to properly use this tool. I have been using it on my skis most of this season, typically after about every five to seven days on the snow. However, once the ski is flat and structure has been made on the bases, only minor touch up is needed. I think I prefer it to even having access to a base grinder, with a skilled tech. It's easy to use and control and, used as shown in the instruction vids, you don't risk over doing it. Love the way my bases take and hold wax with the additional structure the tool has allowed me to put on my bases.

  • 5
    Ski visions base flattener and structure tool

    Posted by Terry Guptill on Feb 28, 2020

    Works as advertised. Does a really nice job of structuring the base for a nice glide. I knew my bases were not flat but didn't realize what a difference it would make in the way they ski. Very happy with this product. I would recommend this tool to anyone.

  • 5
    Does it's job

    Posted by Greg on Jan 29, 2020

    This is a nice device. It does a very good job at flatting a ski that's base high, and bringing the base back to flat. This is a natural wear cycle for most skis, and if you correct it with this device, you'll notice your skis are much quicker to respond and go edge to edge. This feeling s often what people really like about a brand new pair of skis, and so this device can bring that feeling back to a ski that's been under normal wear and tear.

    That said, this will never replace your shop's stone grinder. Sometimes damage to a ski is so severe, it needs a grind. For instance, if your ski is really messed up, and needs a lot of material taken off, it will take a LONG time to get the material off with this. It's probably easier to go get a grind.

    Also, if your base edges are uneven (one base edge has been worn down more than the other), you can't get that symmetry back with this (at least I can't). You'll just continue building in the asymmetric wear on the base edges with this device. To fix this type of asymmetric wear, the only way I know if is computer controlled stone grind to get the ski back to perfectly flat (and parallel to the top sheet). This base flattener just won't fix that problem... and honestly if you're skis are worn unevenly like this, you also might just consider new skis at that point too.

    Another place this won't work is if your ski is somehow very edge high, this device won't really do anything. The device doesn't cut into edges at all (in fact it uses them to stop itself from cutting into too much base), so you'll be out of luck here. Luckily, most people's skis are base high from the natural wear and tear of skiing edge to edge. So this isn't a problem for most users.

    Finally, the structure the stone puts in isn't very pretty. Rather than the geometric chevron you might be accustomed to from your factory tune or your local performance shop's stone grind machine, the structure this puts in is basically grooves from tip to tail. You're not going to win any races with this structure.

    That said, if you want to knock down some base materials from the middle of the ski, and get the ski feeling quicker edge to edge and more responsive, this will do the trick for you if your only problem is base high (and that's a common problem).

    Happy flattening!

  • 1
    Not good

    Posted by Andrey on Mar 18, 2019

    Doesn't work as expected. I don't understand how come there are so many positive reviews here. Are those payed ones? Or are negative reviews being deleted? So this tool cannot be used for flattening concave skis, neither for structuring, in best case you can remove ptex material after candle repair. I almost destroyed 2 skis with that. Thanks God we have wintersteiger machine round the corner, hope to fix skis there.

  • 5
    Base flattener & structure too

    Posted by Preston on Jan 29, 2019

    Amen to what Roy said. I just ordered my second one of these, so I have one unit with the steel blade, and one with the structure stone. The most useful ski tool I've found in over 40 years, and I worked at a ski shop for a while too.

  • 5
    this is the thing!

    Posted by ROY on Dec 16, 2018

    feel like i have best wasting my time schleping my skis to the shop for a stone grind. not to mention the cost and convenience.

  • 5
    Ski Visions base flattener

    Posted by Dan Shalkey on Apr 12, 2018

    Works as advertised, go easy with it

  • 5
    Absolutely awesome

    Posted by Nick on Feb 21, 2018

    Freaking awesome! I love doing my own ski repairs and tuning. Really helps with all kinds of stuff including core shot repairs, base flattening, getting base material out of the way for edge sharpening, etc. Works very well. Couldn’t do without it now. Will likely buy a second so I don’t have to swap stones/blades.