It was almost like Christmas! A package arrived on Friday from Italy. A new grinding stone and some maintenance parts for the Mantec grinder.
With the new grinding machine I've been doing lots of grind testing and have really been cutting through a lot of stone. I'm not anywhere near the end of the current wheel, but it is definitely nice to have a new one in the shop and ready to roll.
352 mm in diameter, 140 mm wide. About 50 pounds. There's always a sigh of relief to find that a new stone has made it across the pond with no damage.
Getting a new silicon carbide wheel is something that only a few guys in the USA would get very amped-up about. Count me in.
The new machine has been doing great work. Lots of terrific feedback from competitors at Sr Nationals this past week, in addition to the great results seen at W. Yellowstone, Bozeman, and Silverstar in December.
IF you're in town for the Methow Valley SuperTour races on Jan 16-17th, then definitely stop in the shop to take a look.
If you're looking for new skis, Ultratune still has a lot of great pairs. Madshus Nanosonic, Atomic "Red Cheetah" World Cup skate & classic skis, and Rossignol Xium WCS. All the new skis are hand-selected, and come with a racing grind and hotbox service included.