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The top 5 Ski/snowboard problems and Solutions serving by hand.

by Tara and Heidi - 12:48 on 15 July 2022

 

 

Us at Snowboard Guru do all our ski / snowboard servicing by hand, and yes, there are

some problems with that, but when this is done correctly there are less than you

think.

So, some workshops have base and edge grinding Machines, but the edge sharpening only does the side edge. Also, hot wax can be done by a wax Machine. So, all done by machine.

So, which one are they using in their workshop? You may ask yourself.

Let start with a workshop that uses machines only.

 

First the pros and cons to a Stone Grinding Machine and all done by machine, most hire ski shop in resorts use this, as it is cheap and quick to use and does not need much training.

Stone Grinding Machine

Pros

  • Smooth out the Scratches
  • put back structure into the base
  • will grind the base flat, great if you're skis/snowboard is a full camber
  • old wax is cleaned with wax remover (acetone)
  • Sharpens side edge only.
  • Yes, it is waxed with universal wax

Cons

  • If you're kit has Multiple base Profiles e.g., rocker, flat, camber. Combination, this will put too much Pressure on those contact points, so the base will be Patchy.
  • So, if the person servicing your skis/snowboard doesn't know, they are probably being paid a pittance.
  • Acetone dries out the base it’s a porous plastic a bit like skin.
  • Only the side edge sharpened and there are two sides to your edges.
  • If you have multiple edge, contact points it will remove them e.g., Magne-traction all away check.
  • Wax is only a thin layer of universal waxes.
  • Big skis hire shops use machines as it is quick and easy.

Now the pros and cons to a Belt Grinding Machine (this uses a sandpaper belt instead of a Stone this is a cheaper machine) most ski hire shop in resorts and big retailers use this, as it is cheap and quick to use and does not need much training.

Sand Belt Grinding Machine

Pros

  • Smooth out the Scratches
  • Great if you're ski/snowboard is a full camber base
  • Sharpens side edge only.
  • Yes, it is waxed.

Cons

  • If you're ski/snowboard has Multiple base Profiles e.g., rocker, flat, camber. Combination, this will put too much Pressure on those contact points, so the base will be Patchy.
  • So, if the person serving your ski/snowboard doesn't know, they are probably being paid a pittance.
  • Big skis hire shop use them as it is quick and easy.
  • don't put structure.
  • wax is a thin layer and not a Temperature wax for the snow conditions.

Snowboard Guru Servicing by Hand our Pros and Cons.

Pros

  • we can put structure back in the base, with brushes and sanding blocks.
  • It doesn't matter what base Profile it is as we work with the shape of the base.
  • So, rocker, flat or Multiple camber we can work with it.
  • Hot wax clean removes old wax and dirt from the base, by melting new wax on and scraping it off.
  • Remove rust without removing metal edge.
  • Sharpen both edges
  • We use lots of different files for edges
  • Hot wax to the temperature for your holiday
  • Hand iron pushes the wax into the base and will last longer.
  • You are the winner putting it in our hands.

Cons

  • We can't get all the scratches out, but if that’s no problem it probably has not been serviced for a very long time. Check out our Summer Service.
  • Hot wax cleaning just takes more time.
  • Sharpening edges by hand will take longer for us.
  • Hot wax by hand takes time as melting the wax into the base it’s just more work.
  • At the end of the day, it's not what you pay for, it the experience and time.

So, if get your ski/snowboard serviced in resort it will probably be serviced by someone who has been working 48 hours on getting the ski hire ready for the new week of holiday makers as this is where the money is for them.

So, get your ski/snowboard serviced at your local workshop, but make sure you check how and who is doing the service. It’s like choosing a flat pack or a carpenter.

So now there are two things to think about

  • Let us put in the hard work and service it for you HERE
  • Book on to one of our Technician Programmes and discover how to do it yourself DIY check out progammes HERE

 

 

Comment from Graham Hopkins at 19:07 on 16 July 2022.
Hi T! This read was really interesting! Would love to see your new workshop - when is good to come down for the servicing course please (I paid during Covid). Cheers and hope you are both well, Graham 😊

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