This is the culmination of a few years of experimenting with the best way to drill holes in skis. This drill guide has the same size bushing as a standard ski jig, so any stepped drill bit is compatible. A thin textured rubber pad on the base ensures that the guide block stays put once you clamp it in place. The tethered centering pin fits tightly into the bushing and aids in centering the bushing over a center punched dimple, paper template, or existing hole. You no longer need a steady hand to drill holes in skis with confidence!
Posted by Ian Swope on 6th Apr 2018
For mounting without a drill press or jig, this block works well. The centering plug works beautifully for putting the block's hole directly over the punched center detent (or old mounting hole.) and the block keeps the hole nice and vertical. That said, there is a little accuracy problem in that even when clamped, the block will move a little when the bit bites into the topsheet. I don't know if a thinner rubber pad would help? I've never had a binding not fit at all, but it does mean that the inserts can sometimes be a little off making the screws harder to fit. I've found using a drill press gives me more accuracy.
Posted by John Baumeister on 4th Apr 2018
I used to work in a shop and had access to jigs. I always hated paying to get skis mounted because I know how easy it is to do, but with out the right tools I couldn't bring myself to do it. This tool got me over that. It is not as fast as a jig, but with a little time spent it is can be every bit as accurate. I print my templates on heavy card stock paper which not only stays straight when taping it down it gives the point of the centering bar something to bite into.
Posted by Unknown on 26th Dec 2017
Can't imagine drilling straight enough for inserts without this guide block. It's slightly unsteady due to the cutout for the rubber strap, so do yourself a favor and clamp it down rather than just holding it with your hand.
Posted by Michael on 26th May 2017
I was skeptical about needing this for my mount, but after using it I must say it was totally worth it. While it is definitely possible to drill straight by eye, this just took a lot of the stress out of the process. Maybe even more useful than as a drill guide was using this as a guide for the tap. Way less stressful and it allowed me to have much more confidence in my tap orientation. On previous mounts without a guide I was constantly scared that I my drill or tap wasn't perfectly vertical. With this guide, all that fear is gone and you just have to make sure the hole or drill mark is centered.
Posted by Stefaan on 2nd May 2017
This drill block makes a challenging tech install a doable prospect for those considering the DIY binding process. Indispensable - simple and easy to use - priceless.
Posted by Mike on 31st Oct 2016
Having had access to a proper jig and tools at a shop for a number of years it was hard to go back to paper mounts and duct taped drill bits. This is an awesome way to get a more professional mount without breaking the bank or buying/storing a drill press. Pretty self explanatory, I mounted skis with this tool on the kitchen counter, but a proper ski vise would have made it much more convenient. It's a solid tool and I expect to use it for many more mounts in the years to come.
Posted by Josh on 24th Dec 2015
This tool is helpful in regards to keeping the drill bit vertically aligned. I don't find it much more accurate in terms of locating the hole over the template mark (that works well freehand if done carefully with a punch) but this keeps the drill bit and/or punch perfectly vertical which is great. I also used this to re-drill and reuse some plugged holes and it worked very well for that.
Posted by Doug on 30th Oct 2015
This is my multi-tool of ski mounting and inserts. It is great for converting traditional mount holes into insert holes, I have not used it a ton with paper templates since I own a Jigarex, but I have used it to redrill plugged and epoxyed holes without a problem. What I find this tool most useful for is tapping the drilled holes, before I was always concerned about getting the tap straight and keeping it consistent. With this little guy I can center it over a hole, place the tap through it and get a perfectly straight tap every time! Saves a bunch of time and stress, add a quick hand clamp to it and its almost fool proof.
Posted by Kai on 6th Dec 2014
Simple, effective and seems likely to last indefinitely. Whether using a centerpunch and paper templates, or redrilling existing holes, this guide block was absolutely worth it. It keeps your drill bit vertiical as well. You can keep it in place with a strong clamp, and I used my other hand too.