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JR Boucicaut

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  1. JR Boucicaut

    Is this holder mounted properly?

    That’s different though - for reinforcement/perhaps blade alignment. I had him take the skates to my old store and my old ASM fixed them. Spoke to him and he said every hole lined up, and saw no reason to create new holes.
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    Is this holder mounted properly?

    Furthermore, there aren’t rivets in areas that should have them, namely the heels and the top rivet on the left skate.
  3. I know we have been hinting at this for a few months now, but it is finalized and ready for pre-order. http://www.portableskatesharpener.com/ Two machines - one designated for "home" usage and the other for "team" usage. The X02 has a more robust motor for volume sharpenings, but the X01 will fit the bill perfectly for those who were considering a Wissota or something along those lines. Once I get a steady paycheck, I'm getting an X02 - things are going to be VERY interesting with Spinner and I need to be there when it's out
  4. It's not a subscription; it's listed in the store as a product. That's why you're not seeing it when you look at subscriptions. You do have access. If you want a refund, PM me and I'll process it.
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    Tuuk LS2 holder problem

    Yeah, you just have to get the plastic to move a little bit. I don’t understand how a shop would let that go like that. But then again, if I’m being completely honest, I don’t understand how a shop would leave the UPC sticker on the holder. It’s the attention to detail...
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    Tuuk LS2 holder problem

    The issue isn't the steel. On new holders, sometimes the channel is too thin and certain steel (usually LS3) struggles to fully go in. What they should've done would be to hit the bridge of the holder with a mallet to get the center to fall in. That's hard to do when the skates are mounted on the boots as you can't get a hammer in there. Take out the steel and you'll see that the channel will most likely look like some plastic has been shaved off. That's what happened when they put the steel in. Go ahead and take an X-Acto knife and remove some material from where you see the bulge. Reinsert steel and see where it's getting stuck at, then repeat. Try to confine it in the channel, not the edge of the holder. In this situation I wouldn't recommend heat, because the holders are mounted and things could go wrong. If not mounted, then I would've.
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    Bauer vs Step lawsuit

    Agreed; I did my best work when I worked out of a rink shop. Very easy to make an appointment and figure things out. However, what Prosharp (and I do) with the profile testing is a great option. Having every size runner with different profiles on them is pretty cool.
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    ProSharp Goalie Profiles

    I only have Goalie Sam. If you want it, send the steel in.
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    Bauer vs Step lawsuit

    It was about the steel, not the profile. What Bauer/Prosharp is going to do is offer custom profiles through the MyBauer portal.
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    Moving between ProSharp Profiles

    I’ve had to do that on one set. Put a 14’ on it to reset as much as I could.
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    Moving between ProSharp Profiles

    No, there's a pivot point marked on the sled. The machine isn't that smart. That's one of the problems that I have with a lot of shops; they don't tell you exactly what they give you because they want to protect their business. It's stupid and I just wish people were more transparent. The method in the video won't add any additional pitch, so basically what the tech would do is set it and they should be able to see the additional pitch added. I haven't had a case like that yet, but I guess what I would do would be to adjust the pitch settings to the point that the cycle would be even.
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    Moving between ProSharp Profiles

    He's right about just slapping it on; it will overpitch the steel. What has to be done is to trick the machine by marking a new line 20 mm from the original . Then putting the steel in normally (but not clamping), but moving the sled manually to meet the new line, then clamping it there.
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    Bauer vs Step lawsuit

    Yeah, they are finished differently. LS3 has always had that swirly finish, whereas Step is polished. Yes - Step played by the rules when the holder came out in 2013. The US patent was granted, but not the Canadian one. So, they were okay until that happened.
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    Bauer vs Step lawsuit

    All of LS3, old mount included. Never noticed that it was always made in Canada whereas all of the rest of Bauer steel was made in Asia? Had no bearing on what transpired now.
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    Bauer vs Step lawsuit

    It is. Same Sandvik composition. Also, Bauer offers pro teams a LS3 version which has a more game-ready shape.
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    Bauer vs Step lawsuit

    I'm just going to go ahead and assume that this is a shot at me, because I'm the only person who has posted in this thread that everyone knows what I've done and where I've been, because I've been transparent since 2004. I have absolutely nothing to "gain or perks to be had." I'm merely stating the facts that are out there. To recap - Bauer had a patent. They felt a brand, STEP, was in violation of said patent. They decided to bring a lawsuit forward, and they reached a settlement. And I know it sucks for STEP, and I know it sucks for Canadian dealers, even the ones who sold across the border. But that's how it goes.
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    Bauer vs Step lawsuit

    Bauer uses the same steel composition in the LS3. You answered your last question. They have a better reputation at this point. The LS4 launch wasn't good for Bauer. But in the initial article, it states that Bauer will be offering new steel.
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    Bauer vs Step lawsuit

    No, they abided by the US patent. The Canadian one was the one that was murkier...
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    Bauer vs Step lawsuit

    I said that in my initial post. Old school guys perhaps remember the Oakley/Jofa Image lawsuit...it worked out for both parties in the end. It is still comical to read the posts on here and other outlets about this. It's not that serious. Remember a week ago when there was an article in The Athletic and people were shocked that most pro players didn't know anything about profiles? Now do you think they're in tune with their steel options? Once again, the EQM is the key to all of this. If an EQM is using STEP, it's because he likes their product, not because a NHL player demanded it. There isn't going to be a mass boycott of Bauer products in NHL rooms due to this. Nailed it. Bauer knew what they were doing when they patented the top geometry of the holder. You may not like it, but it is certainly within their right to do so.
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    Bauer vs Step lawsuit

    They’re already in figure. They already tried a holder. But once again - most people don’t swap holders.
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    Bauer vs Step lawsuit

    I think it may be due to steel height. Since almost all of Bauer's steel is tall, when you compare it to your standard SB, the SB doesn't look like it will last long.
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    Ask STEP!

    How do you figure? I can't see how this affects Bauer at all; they weren't being compensated by STEP. And if they had a patent, and the patent is granted, they are well within their rights to enforce said patent. CCM has had a quick-release holder for less than a year. Which means the majority of CCM skates in store inventory as well as the vast majority of CCM skates on end-users' feet don't have a quick-release holder on them. And "taking over" usually means you've surpassed something. Bauer is still the top selling skate brand by a wide margin. You went ahead and started a thread about this. Leave this thread to discuss STEP products.
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    Bauer vs Step lawsuit

    I believe Step has played by the rules this entire time for a reason. They sold ST-EDGE in Canada because Bauer didn't get the patent right away, so they shot their shot. The lawsuit was in 2017 - 4 years later. So now they settle and perhaps an OEM agreement is made down the road. Even though they only sold them in Canada, I'm willing to bet that ST-EDGE comprised the bulk of their sales. What part of "settlement" and "stop selling to professional leagues by December 31, 2019, and to retail accounts by April 30, 2020" is unclear here? Also, it is completely silly to think that Bauer is going to take a hit in sales based on a holder. It's Look at the threads 7 years ago with people posting on here talking about how customers were going to retrofit LS2 holders...it didn't happen. The VAST majority of retail customers don't swap their holders. The percentage of retail customers who swap holders has to be 1%, at best. The EQM usually makes that decision, and it's a decision based on convenience. Bauer will ship the steel on the skates for sure, but the EQM just swaps it out. You rarely get players coming into the room asking to use a particular steel type/brand, and if they do, they most likely have an endorsement of some sort. I do think it's going to impact service-only shops, especially if Bauer sues other brands in the steel game. Hopefully perhaps Bauer allows those shops to be able to buy steel from them, and make it so that they can make a decent resell margin.


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