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We haven't been frequent users of rotobrush systems in the past. I have always felt that good hand brushes were just as fast, and even faster if you factor in the hassle of finding a place to put down the drill when you're not using it. But that all started to change last year.

We have always recognized that roto-brushing can save time, and more importantly, can save shoulders, when we're working on a lot of skis. At the first Eastern Cup last winter we had some extra test skis, and so I created a blind test for our test pilots - on one ski I used a the horsehair/bluenylon brush (in that order), and on the other ski I used my favorite hand brush combination. The results came back with a slight preference for the roto-brushing. I didn't like that, so I made a new test, changing up some of the brushes. The roto-brushing was faster again.

We repeated that kind of tested a few times through the season, and the roto-brushed got picked each time. Nobody ever claimed that the margin was big, but it was always the pick. Not happy news for a hand-tool aficionado like myself.

What is happy news is that cordless drill technology has come a very long way since I first developed a bias in favor of hand brushing. We have a Bosch 18V Li-ion drill, and two batteries will see us through a two-day race weekend, sometimes requiring one recharge cycle. Between the brushing and the increasing use of the felt roller for fluoro application, we're firmly entrenched in the roto-camp these days.

Red Creek is the original rotobrush company, and still the very best. We get our Red Creek products direct from KG Lundkvist in Sweden, Mr Red Creek, himself. We have listed just a couple of our favorite roto tools here, but we have access to the entire range of Red Creek products. If you're looking for something specific, let us know.

To the right is a very low quality video of KG explaining how he came up with the idea of making rotobrushes because Per Elofsson's father told him he was a very bad waxer.

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