Each blade needs to be trued and/or “zeroed” to each pair of boots. The following instructions illustrate the best practices for blade assembly and truing.
1. Assemble the cups to the blades. Ensure that they are set in the proper direction.
2. After the cups are assembled attach them using the small bolts and screws provided. Tighten them by hand so that there is still movement (play) in the cups (side to side).
3. With the small bolts secured only hand tight, fasten the blade to the boot using the large bolts and washers provided. A washer must be used with the large bolt!
4. Select the approximate off-set and tighten the blade to the boot using the large bolts and washers provided. The large bolts should be tightened with a wrench. Please note that the small bolts used to fasten the cups to the blade remain only hand tight at this point.
5. Once the blade is tightened to the boot with a wrench, you will then tightening the small bolts that attach the cups to the blade using a wrench and Allen key.
After this final step your blade is now trued to your boots and you may remove it for heat molding or use it on the ice. Blade truing is critical before heat molding, as well as when switching blades to different boots.
Why is it important to true the blade to the boot?
This five step process of truing a blade is critical to compensate for the slight variances in all boot mounts and the cup and blade hole size for the small bolts. If the small bolts are tightened before the larger bolts , a misalignment between the cup and the boot could occur. With the tightening of the smaller bolts before the larger bolts the blade will torque, which could greatly affect the bend in the blade, as well as twist the boot alignment. The following illustration is exaggerated to show the impact of tightening the bolts in the wrong order.