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  • #569687
    Monk151
    185 Posts

    Does anybody know where I can pick up the pre-ptexed t-nuts? I called a couple local shops and they’re ask crazy prices for them – like $5 apiece 😯 !!! And I’m not making a whole lot of progress with my esoteric google-searches…… There has got to be a better way.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    Thanks,
    the monk

    #603075
    ctowles
    81 Posts

    if you are talking about the t nut inserts with the white ptex on the t, the board room here in jackson sells them for 2.50 apeice and would probably ship them. i got a few earlier this fall when i was working on my approach ski project. hope this helps.
    chris

    #603076
    Mumbles
    753 Posts

    Monk, I have heard they exist, but never could find any. I made some as a trial by drilling some tiny holes in the flat base of the T nuts so the p-tex that I applied could melt through the holes and have something to “bond” with or hold in place. I then dripped a thin layer on the side of the T nut with the grooves that grip the board core.

    I have not replaced any of my bare metal T nuts yet, but when I need to I will use these that I have made. I don’t know if the process will really adhere to the metal, but if the p-tex posts that go through the T nut base holds and the bond of p-tex of the base and the disc covering the T nut bond then at least the base will have no exposed metal.

    #603077
    Monk151
    185 Posts

    @ctowles wrote:

    if you are talking about the t nut inserts with the white ptex on the t, the board room here in jackson sells them for 2.50 apeice and would probably ship them. i got a few earlier this fall when i was working on my approach ski project. hope this helps.
    chris

    hey chris – thanks for the reply, and yes the t-nut inserts with the white ptex – exactly what I’m talking about (hopefully 3/4″). The Board Room eh? Much better than $5 apiece – What’s your approach ski project?

    And mumbles – That sounds a lot more affordable – and worth a try…..it’s just those ptexed inserts look so damn clean and good – ya know

    thanks guys

    do we have $1.50 for ptexed inserts? anyone……anyone…… Bueller……Bueller……. 🙂

    #603078
    ctowles
    81 Posts

    the shop is called “the board room”, i’m sure its an easy google find. as for the approach skis, they got made, but by the time they were complete we had enough of a base (kinda) to take the split out, so they have yet to be used. they are some old line snowblades with full glued up purple ascension skins and mounted with voile touring brackets and heel lifters. only problem i can see right now is rigging some kind of lightweight binding for them so that you don’t need to mount a full snowboard binding on a track to use em (and carry on the way down). i’m hoping for next season to make some DIY full track size voile pucks to mount on my solid rock board so that i can just use my sparks on that and swap them over to my approach skis when there is a need to go up. mabye if i finally get a little time this week being laid up i’ll post a few of my diy projects (there are many).
    chris

    #603079
    Mumbles
    753 Posts

    CT,

    If you have the touring bracket and can come up with a set of pins and metal sliding track you should be able to create a web strap binding system mounted to that slider plate that would suffice for skinning so long as you are not doing any dangerous ice traverses or downhills. Something along the lines of a MSR snowshoe type of binding system of straps toe, heel and over the foot to keep your boot in contact with the approach ski.

    #603080
    ctowles
    81 Posts

    mumbles,
    that idea was thought out etc months ago. just never got around to making it happen as its been a cloudly pow covered haze of 2 months since then. i’ll probably put more effort into it early next season, but i’m thinking that the diy pucks are the way to go cause that will be the easiest setup to use out on the backcountry and its also probably the lightest. why carry 2 bindings when you can only carry one. this setup would also be compatible with split crampons (assuming they are available from spark by next season) which could be very invaluable in keeping traction on the way up. FWIW, i still have yet to go for a skin on the little mini beasts, but i could see a lack of grip compared to a full size split ski, so crampon compatibility is a big one for me (even though i do not currently own a set of split crampons)
    chris

    #603081
    Mumbles
    753 Posts

    CT,
    Great points in that now you have snow, so full split skinning is better than the short approach minis. I also agree that some DIY pucks mouted would make the use of one set of slider plates and bindings a better option with less excess.

    #603082
    THESYSTEMSPLIT
    88 Posts

    You could always go to At boots and bindings they would work excellent in that application and they work way better w/ crampons

    #603083
    karma surf
    191 Posts

    Sun Valley Ski Tools is the source.

    #603084
    jimw
    1420 Posts

    Another option – Tognar has some stuff that supposedly bonds to metal better than ptex. You can put that stuff on the exposed T-nut metal, then regular ptex on top of that.

    #603085
    Monk151
    185 Posts

    I ended up grabbing a bag of the Ptex capped T-nuts from Sun Valley Ski Tools – they are awesome to deal with!!! I also picked up a roll of metalgrip from tognar (for a little comparative analysis) – I’ll keep you posted on my findings.

    #603086
    maniacdave
    564 Posts

    Sorry to drag this thing up from the dead, but I figured it’d be better than starting a new thread about the same thing.

    Anyone know where you can get those P-Tex T Nuts other than Sun Valley Ski Tools? Their account sign up page is pretty much geared to ski shops and requires some business information that I don’t have… because I’m a person, not a business. Google doesn’t seem to be much help.

    Or if somebody has 20 or so they’d be willing to part with (for $ of course) and perhaps lend me the countersink bit, that’d even better.

    That was Pontus

    #603087
    digerati
    82 Posts

    @maniacdave wrote:

    Or if somebody has 20 or so they’d be willing to part with (for $ of course) and perhaps lend me the countersink bit, that’d even better.

    I was interested in these as well so I called SVST and they were able to sell me some over the phone. I bought a bag of 50 for $70, which comes out to $1.40 each. If you or anyone else would like to purchase some I will sell them for $2.00 each and that would INCLUDE shipping to anywhere in the U.S.

    You can reach me at brett.kingsley AT gmail DOT com. Thanks!

    #603088
    mysticfalcon
    74 Posts

    I am going to want some. I will have to do some thinking as to just how many but I will get back to you.

    #603089
    maniacdave
    564 Posts

    No worries, I did some hunting and found the Canadian dealer for Maislinger Snoli, the manufacturer of those inserts. Canadian ABC carries both 9mm and and 7mm T Nuts with base compound. A 50 pack goes for $70 as well and the countersink bit is $57. A bit steep initially but I figure I can pass it on once I’m done with it, maybe it’ll make the rounds among those of us still splitting our own boards. Perhaps if the Canadian dollar was above par I’d have gone with SVST, but as it stands, I think Canadian ABC is the best deal currently for those of us north of the border. Plus no shipping across the border.

    That was Pontus

    #603090
    Dan9
    44 Posts

    x2 I will want some as I’m about to split my own deck. would also gladly pay shipping to ‘borrow’ the countersink as well, I have seen this approach work out alright on a car forum where the tool made the rounds so all who needed to use it, could do so.

    ptex t-nuts look to be the best+simplest way to do it.

    #603091
    B-P
    134 Posts

    Me and a buddy are trying to find a place to get these from, svst is tapped out and wont be ordering again until next season. I tried looking at that canadian company but the site doesnt seem to be setup for ordering, anybody know where i can get a bunch of these?? :thatrocks:

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