Today was my first day of training for a new position at Neptune: shop technician. I'm quite excited for this, as my end all goal is to start making skis myself. What better way to do it then to be around skis all day long, learn the ins-and-outs of them and gain the technical know-how to make this dream come true. Today was simple but informative. I learned how to mount Fritschi bindings and NNN backcountry bindings on nordic skis. I also got to work the edge grinder and learned how to replace belts and sand. For my own sake, I'm going to rehash the binding mounting process so I can refer to it later. The following is mounting Fritschis right:
- Match skis
- Check serial numbers
- Mark boot center
- Measure boot center from tail for consistency.
- Get boot, check shell length. Make sure bindings will work for boot
- Get proper jig.
- Match boot length to boot center on ski
- Check bit to make sure it is right length. 3.5 x 9 default for wood core, 4.1 for metal layer.
- Drill appropriate holes.
- Measure tail to jig dot
- Move jig to next ski.
- Make sure tail to jig dot are within 1 mm of each other between skis
- Drill second ski
- Empty shavings
- Measure to make sure holes are in same place on each ski (error +/- 1 mm)
- Clean ski of grease pencil
- Apply wood glue to skis.
- Make sure binding screws are right length
- Mount heel piece. Make sure binding pieces are attached (no dimples allowed!)
- Hand tighten screws on heal
- Attach main binding component and tighten
- Repeat steps 17-19 on second ski
- Check work
- Adjust heel binding so flush
- Adjust toe height so tight but not ripping paper
- Adjust DIN for skier weight, height, type, age
- Repeat steps 22-24 on second ski
- Apply Neptune stickers
- Attach work copy to ski, put in outgoing skis if done, move to wax/tune area if more needs to be done.
2 Replies to “Ski tech day one”
cool job – will you still have time to get out on skis, or just sell ’em?
best of luck
Boy, I sure plan to. Fortunately we get three days off a week, plus work does not start till 10 am. Lots of time for dawn patrol sessions.
Thanks for reading!