This finely crafted tool is made primarily of machined aluminum for a lifetime's accuracy and durability. The height and depth of the cutting blade are easily adjustable so you only remove the material you need to. A sealed bearing roller leads the tool smoothly along the edge while the body of the tool slides along the base keeping the tool aligned.
- Tool-free blade adjustment.
- Ships with a round cutting blade.
- Includes 2.5mm Allen tool for blade replacement.
- Not inexpensive by a long-shot, but it's one of those tools that is just a joy to use!
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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The tool did not have fine adjustment functions to advance the cutter. That is for either depth of cut or angle in relation to the ski edge.