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No.QuarterAre you just trying to buy a tuning machine for your own personal use? Because unless you are skiing like 200 days a year and racing that seems like total overkill and you'd probably end up using it way more than you need to and end up decreasing the wear life of your bases
M.MYa for just personal use it may be overkill. To be honest I'm not really sure I don't have a whole lot of experience with tuning, only really wax and do basic kids tunes and repairs so far. Nor do I have expertise with equipment other than wintersteiger.
was just sharing what the guy at my shop thinks cause he knows more than I do.
razors-chazThere are some decent machines from Montana and Reichmann. You really only need a belt and a bar roller to bring down over the belt to push the ski base against to grind the edges. if it's to splash on personal use. It's a big investment for something you can get done at a shop for cheap when you need it. Or do you have dreams for running a tuning shop?
japanadaYou can usually find the wintersteiger T71? Series of stonegrinders and ceramic discers used from a shop for 10 to 15k for the set. If you start a personal tune service you could recoup in a few years. Maintance isnt cheap tho, and when something goes wrong theyre a PITA to fix sometimes.
TheWeazDO NOT GET A TRIM71
holy shit I've had the worst experiences the past two days with ours. Our regular ceramic edger broke, not sure what model it is but that's besides the point, I've been having to use the old trim71 and its total garbage. The feed-wheel stops all the time, the motor cuts out, the water line gets clogged and stops spraying. Overall one of the worst pieces of tuning equipment I've had to use in a long time.
when it is functioning it does produce a nice finish, however it is pretty messy compared to the larger machines, there's a lot of emulsion fluid that escapes because it's not very self contained.
ZennanYa I have to agree with you for a lot of those things. I was looking into other machines that I could use as an alternative. We use a Trim71 at my shop and that is the reason I brought it up, because I knew it was a heavily used machine and figured since it is Winterstieger probably not much difference with other brands. Obviously going to do much research into the other ones, but I have to agree with you, messy, motor cuts out, always jumps and tries to burn the edge and so on... But I mean if ya gotta do the job and all of them do the same, what can ya do! (Hopefully all other brands don't have a crappy edge tuner as well)
Thanks for the reminder though! Always nice to hear it's not just our shop that has the crappy trim71