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FaunaSkisA point on BF/QK installation: I've only ever done them on skis pre-drilled for binding screws (to help centre the insert bit) and using a drill press to drill for the insert but you don't have to be as precise as some are making out (obviously it needs to be mostly drilled right) and it's a case of technique when you're putting the bindings on that you don't do it one machine screw at a time, screwing each all the way in. I found if you screw all of them in enough for the threads to grip and then go round each screw progressively tightening them, any minor innaccuracy in the insert drilling can be spread across the toe/heel plate, rather than getting 3 screws in and finding the last insert is mm away from the hole in the plate.
...As i write this I think of the stories of tech's badly messing up mounts and think my accuracy/care is probably higher than some techs using a hand drill, with a wall of skis to mount/service beside them, and a boss breathing down their neck about how long its taking.
No.QuarterI've got a pair of skis that I've been wanting to put inserts in so I can swap between alpine and telemark. It seems like it will be a hell of a lot easier since they are pre-drilled and I have a drill press, however the holes from when they were previously mounted alpine are filled with epoxy and the telemark holes were literally my first time doing a mount myself with a paper template. So hopefully I can be precise enough, but I may see if I can find a shop that is willing to just pre-drill with a jig to clean up the hole pattern and I'll do the rest of the install.
Just need to bite the bullet and get a 100 pack of inserts already.