Tools! Basic tool kit recomendations.

12 Nov 2013 7:00 AM | John Ellis (Administrator)
I used www.Racewax.com and www.Tognar.com for many of the links today. When possible, I shop in town, but I cannot always find what I need. Sturtevants and World Cup both have a nice selection of tools and waxes, and their knowledge can be invaluable. (links may need to be pasted into your browser) Please ALSO look at the Blog Index- I may have already written something to answer your question. http://www.cmacskiracing.com/Tuning?mode=PostView&bmi=1149163
 
To do basic maintenance, you need:
1.) File/stone guides for side and base edges
My favorite base guides:
http://racewax.com/p-145-05-07-10-degree-base-bevel-file-guide-sks-set-all-3-angles.aspx
My favorite side guides:
http://racewax.com/p-22-88-degree-side-beast-edge-bevel-file-guide.aspx
Side edge planer: http://www.tognar.com/ergo-sidewall-planer-blades/
I have tried almost everything out there. These work the best for me.

2.) A file, a couple stones, some lubrication and a cleaning brush.
File: http://racewax.com/p-141-icecut-ski-snowboard-file-vallorbe-professional-6-inch.aspx
Diamond Stone:
http://racewax.com/p-304-diaface-moonflex-diamond-stone-100-mm-yellow-400-grit.aspx
Gumi Stone:
http://racewax.com/p-175-gumi-gummi-stone-fine-red.aspx
Brush: http://www.tognar.com/brass-supertooth-brush/
Lube: http://www.tognar.com/edge-polishing-solution-2-oz/
This is my favorite overall stone. The file is a medium-duty, high quality file. The gumi is to give a better final finish.

3.) A couple of good plastic scrapers
http://www.tognar.com/tognar-ski-wax-scraper-6/
You will need a way to keep them sharp too. Here is a simple design for a scraper sharpener: http://www.tognar.com/2011-tuning-tips-winner/

4.) A wax iron and/or wax wizard and/or cork
Iron in a kit: http://www.tognar.com/tognar-ski-hot-wax-kit-110v-usa-can/
Wax Wizard: http://www.tognar.com/wax-wizard-rub-in-ski-wax-no-iron-repl-covers/
Starting out, a good iron is needed. A digital iron is wonderful, but a bit of a luxury for most people. The Wax Wizard pays for itself the first day you use it with expensive waxes- like fluros.

5.) Base and wax brushes
There are some in the above wax kit or here is a nice little 3-brush kit:
http://racewax.com/p-176-racewax-brush-kit-set-of-three-nylon-horsehair-brass-ski-snowboard.aspx

6.) Wax:
http://www.tognar.com/hydrocarbon-ski-wax-economical-bulk-recreational-high-performance/
http://racewax.com/c-5-ski-snowboard-wax.aspx
HUGE subject. Here are some simple suggestions to get you started: Buy warm, cheap hydrocarbon wax for general ski cleaning and prep. Find a univeral temp low fluro wax for entry level racing.

7.) Vice and bench
http://www.tognar.com/tables-ski-waxing-snowboard-benches-nordic-profiles/

There are MANY approaches to benches and vices. I own several, and I have built many more. If you want my opinion just ask!

See you on the hill- Sun Peaks is coming SOON!!
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