Fin tool

76S&S76S&S Posts: 48 Baller
Needed or wanted a fin tool to help with measuring my fin settings. I drew up a sketch and sent it to by brother-in-law who is a machinist. Turned out pretty good and works like a charm.


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  • jbwannjbwann Posts: 41 Baller
    How many did you have made and what are you charging?
    BlueSki
  • gavskigavski Posts: 156 Baller
    Looks very professional...How do you use it? Can't seem to visualise it...
  • HortonHorton Posts: 24,259 Administrator
    copy of the old EZ Fin tool

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  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 2,036 Crazy Baller
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  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 2,036 Crazy Baller
    Always thought these tools missed the opportunity to have either steps cut in one end corresponding to fin angles, or a separate plate with two pins and a series of holes in it that those pins sat in to set the wing angle. Drop the second plate into the correct holes, slide it up under the wing and shazam. No need to carry a separate wing gauge.




  • 76S&S76S&S Posts: 48 Baller
    @Horton nailed it, copy of the old EZ fin tool. Only asked him to make the one but, they have the drawing now and could cut out any number of them on their cnc.

    @BraceMaker Man do I wish I had thought about that!
  • HortonHorton Posts: 24,259 Administrator
    Honestly guys just take your wing off. I do not understand the value.

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  • klindyklindy Posts: 1,966 Mega Baller
    If you adjust your fin you'll likely need ro adjust the wing anyway.
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  • MarcoMarco Posts: 1,375 Crazy Baller
    The benefit I get is the repeatability of the DFT measurement off of the rounded end of the ski.
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  • gavskigavski Posts: 156 Baller
    edited September 2017
    It is a beautifully designed and machined tool - just be mindful that your DFT numbers will not match any of the 'factory settings' or helpful 'pro's' numbers as they are all measured without this handy little tool....

    The DFT measurement is a pain, but following advice from @SkiJay, i can confidently measure and reproduce a constant DFT number....

    Just sayin'..
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 1,532 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited September 2017
    @gavski true but after fiddling around getting it right, you would be able to re-measure and repeat with accuracy in the future, even if you move the fin fwd or back a few thou, you would be able to return to previous measurement and be confident of where it is.
    @76S&S what material have you used, hope there is not patent on this ?
    @Horton agree with wing removal, but the dft aspect may be more useful

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  • gregygregy Posts: 2,394 Mega Baller
    I have an EZ tool and it's good for quick check just to make sure the fin hasn't moved. For adjustment it better to take the wing off.
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 1,532 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Thinking about it, it would be really easy to create your own tool, just for the dft, now that would be useful

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  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 2,789 Mega Baller
    @Stevie Boy patents are irrelevant if you just make one for yourself and are not selling them.
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  • bkreisbkreis Posts: 249 Baller
    ez fin tool is great, but takes away depth measurement because of skis concave. so you have to know how much the difference is on each ski.
    MattP
  • skialexskialex Posts: 614 Crazy Baller
    What ever helps tracking your fin is a good thing, I have the ez-fin tool, Schnitz fin gauge for depth, Finamagig tool etc, I don't use them though.
    I only use a 8" Mitutoyo caliper for all skis, a slot caliper for Goode skis and wing gauges with halves.
    Fin measuring gigs can be very helpful but the numbers you get are mostly for personal use, can not be shared or compared.
  • A_BA_B Posts: 3,856 Mega Baller
    The 2" block saves time so you can ski more!
    Quickest depth measurement and you don't have to take the wing off. Been using one for years.
    Marco
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