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Cheapest binding mounts?

March 25, 2021, 1:27 p.m.
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It's been a while since I've had skis mounted, but the going rates published online by various local shops have definitely gone up. Where in Van or on the North Shore should I go to get some bindings mounted for a reasonable price?

March 29, 2021, 1:40 p.m.
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Van Ski Services or MEC worked for me ymmv.

March 29, 2021, 4:35 p.m.
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Many skis now come with pre drilled plates and are pretty easy to set up at home. I just bought new skis and bindings yesterday. Mount in was included and the skis and bindings were on sale at 50% off. Now Whistler, where I live is closed. Home mounting even if you need to drill is always and option but you need some skills and tools. It’s not a difficult job with a jig. How much do shops want now?

April 1, 2021, 3:51 p.m.
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I use the binding for the jig cuz its always correct, roll of painters tape, tape measure, T -square, 5/16th drillbit, PZ3 driver bit and a bottle of wine

 Last edited by: XXX_er on April 1, 2021, 3:53 p.m., edited 2 times in total.
April 2, 2021, 11:25 p.m.
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I ended up doing the mount myself with paper jigs. I’ve done several pairs of skis myself now and I don’t mind, but it’s probably a 2 hour process once you measure 8 times and drill once. I was thinking of paying a shop to do it but ended up not bothering.

April 3, 2021, 11:28 a.m.
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A quick scan of local Vancover shops puts a binding instal at 50$ + tax and it could be higher for AT bindings, so lets call it 25$ an hr to mount a ski binding ,

Can you make >25$ an hr doing something you do instead of trying to save 25$ an hr ?

An important question might be is the shop you are going to give the 50$ to any good ?

Unless i buy a ski and the mount gets thrown in I mount my own, Tele/ alpine/ AT mounting a ski binding is in fact just good layout,

I don't use templates but here is a link to a bunch of templates for download,

make sure the scale is correct after downloading

April 4, 2021, 7:17 a.m.
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Posted by: XXX_er

An important question might be is the shop you are going to give the 50$ to any good ?

Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m under the impression that mounting skis with a proper jig setup, as a shop would have, is really not rocket science. It requires a moderate attention to detail, but the jig makes things pretty easy.

I’ve mounted at least 10 pairs of skis over the years using the paper jigs you linked (I have Sollyfit plates on some skis, so I couldn’t even get a shop to mount those if I wanted to). I have ended up with the odd set of holes being slightly crooked, in spite of my best efforts to be careful. In contrast, I have never had a shop mess up a mount - though I know it does happen from time to time.

April 4, 2021, 9:22 a.m.
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Its not even rocket biology without a jig but there are still things to fuckup when buddy is high or on the 12th pair of skis that day, so we just hear about some guy on the internet who had a bad experiance with a shop and think all shops suck, its been a long time since I paid a shop to do binding mount

I always just use the binding for the jig, draw it out on painters tape drill the holes couple at a time in case i fuck up its easier to fix, the bigger question is alwasy where exactly do the toe and heelpiece go in relation to ski/ boot center ?

A wine bottle cork will make a handy drill stop, drill thru the cork slip the bit in the chuck to leave the right amount of drill bit sticking out so I don't drill thru the ski

For AT binding mount by 1 hole, clip the boot in, lockdown in ski mode, drill at least one other hole and the boot heel will drop into the heelpiece

tele I do kind of the same thing to center the boot heel on the ski

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