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Old 11-09-2012, 07:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Looking for an affordable wax iron

I looking into getting a wax iron just not looking to spend a ton of money?! Just ordered up some hertel wax last night for a wicked good price. Just need an iron and scraper and base cleaner! Thanks for the help
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I used a cheap Walmart Iron for years without any issues. Find one with no steam holes if possible. Find the setting that melts the wax but does not make it smoke and mark the spot....you may even go a little less after it heats up. The main thinig with a cheap iron is that it seems to fluctuate in temp more than a traditional ski iron.

OT...I noticed you were from Minnesota. A good friend of mine, my primary and most reliable boarding contact, is moving to Mound. Duty calls out there for work. I don't know anything about the area, and neither does he. Is there anything decent in the area? It looks to be close to Minneapolis. He is not a park rider, just enjoys bombing along...
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Go to a Goodwill or ARC and buy a used but clean looking clothes iron. At most $10.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I used a cheap Walmart Iron for years without any issues. Find one with no steam holes if possible. Find the setting that melts the wax but does not make it smoke and mark the spot....you may even go a little less after it heats up. The main thinig with a cheap iron is that it seems to fluctuate in temp more than a traditional ski iron.

OT...I noticed you were from Minnesota. A good friend of mine, my primary and most reliable boarding contact, is moving to Mound. Duty calls out there for work. I don't know anything about the area, and neither does he. Is there anything decent in the area? It looks to be close to Minneapolis. He is not a park rider, just enjoys bombing along...
Afton alps is good can get a little crowded there! Welch village about an hr from the cities. If you don't mind 2hr drive spirit in Duluth is a good spot . Or even check out troll haugen in WI about a little over 1 1/12 hr from mound.
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I used a cheap Walmart Iron for years without any issues. Find one with no steam holes if possible. Find the setting that melts the wax but does not make it smoke and mark the spot....you may even go a little less after it heats up. The main thinig with a cheap iron is that it seems to fluctuate in temp more than a traditional ski iron.

OT...I noticed you were from Minnesota. A good friend of mine, my primary and most reliable boarding contact, is moving to Mound. Duty calls out there for work. I don't know anything about the area, and neither does he. Is there anything decent in the area? It looks to be close to Minneapolis. He is not a park rider, just enjoys bombing along...
When you guys go out hit me up w/ a pm I meet you up there! Also troll haugen had an awesom boarder cross run last yr if your into any of that.
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Thanks, I'll pass the info along....
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I used to use a goodwill-found iron, but switched to a purpose-specific iron a couple of years ago. For me, it was worth it. I feel like I can get a cleaner, smoother finish on the wax, which lets me use less and still get full coverage. All of this leads to a faster, easier scrape. Just my experience/opinion.

I have the swix "t75fx", which appears to be the "fx" now. I've also used last year's burton iron. It was very similar. I wonder if theey might be made in the same factory?
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I used to use a goodwill-found iron, but switched to a purpose-specific iron a couple of years ago. For me, it was worth it. I feel like I can get a cleaner, smoother finish on the wax, which lets me use less and still get full coverage. All of this leads to a faster, easier scrape. Just my experience/opinion.

I have the swix "t75fx", which appears to be the "fx" now. I've also used last year's burton iron. It was very similar. I wonder if theey might be made in the same factory?
How much do the swix cost?
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I think that mine was about $40?
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my iron was 9 bucks at walmart.
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