I spare you the reasons but today I went to te local SportChalet, to check if they had boards on sale, and found the one I had been looking at since last season, a 09 Arbor A-Frame, on sale for $540, with 50% off around 351, plus taxes back t0 399. I look at the board in the sun outside the shop and notice bindings marks, a shallow but long scratch on the base, and few nicks on the edges. Finally a more important bump on the tail and a pinkie sized depression on the base that reflects in a bump with a tiny crack on the top, and a dent on the nose, but just on the top sheet.
I convince the manager I was speaking at that point that the board had obviously been used, and she agrees on a final price of $196! That sounded very good to me and I took this beauty home.
LEFT: Dent on the topsheet
The dip on the base: the sidewall is squeezed just a bit and there's a bump on the topsheet with a tiny crack.
that's tanzanite skatepark out in Sacramento. I used to skate LC frequently the first year they opened. My a-frame took a shot to the base last winter on a deep pow day, didn't see the covered rock. minor ptex but it started to delam at the same spot. I got some marine epoxy at homedepot and fixed it myself. we'll see how it holds up. It looked very similar to your sidewall and same cracks on top. I could get a razor blade to go between the edge and under the base. I used a couple toothpicks to hold it open and got the epoxy in there and clamped it. haven't gotten to ride it since so this winter will tell. I'd keep an eye on it to see how it holds up then take it to a shop if it starts to delam.
Perfect day for cleaning up the edge, refile it where is burred, and start thinking about what kind of bindigs I want on that stick. Those edges are so sharp... I wonder if I should de-tune them near the nose like I did with my other board...or leave them.
I want to think of some nose/tail protection against skiers....that top sheet looks really delicate..
It's still August right? Lol...Never ever started to think about riding so early....
do this to the top sheet edges, I did it on all 3 of my arbor boards. It definitely helps reduce chips which the arbor boards are prone to. I also just use a stone to de-tune the tip and tail edges. I've been in a funk since May, feels like all I'm doing is waiting for winter to come!!! I'm using burton C-60s on mine, a very stiff binding, but I'm on the opposite end of the weight spectrum, so what is super stiff for some is just right for me.
Take a file to the edges of the top sheet. this will in a sense, round off the edges of the sandwich construction (standard on almost all boards) and will eliminate almost all De-lam or chipping issues.
This works wonders and keeps your board lookin new. you would be surprised how much this helps
Saw that video before..very interesting and probably necessary on this board...Althou I do most of my riding during the week...avoiding weekends, and the lines are almost inexistent.
My only concern is that the current dam,age could worsen in time...I just wrote Arbor, to see if they have any suggestion.
some of my worst gashes were on pow days during the week waiting for the first lift. everybody pressing to get up first and bashing into boards, my brand new abacus took a couple gashed first day out so I tried the edge treatment on my older element board and it looked great so did it to the a-frame and abacus as well.