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#1 WindyCity

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 07:41 AM

I saw this article about a custom fit molding machine for skates in Michigan and was wondering if anyone has tried it?  The article says NHL players have gone to Michigan to use it.

 

Perfect Edge Hockey-Lacrosse
A new hockey and lacrosse retail center opening in the Cherryland Center will offer the region’s only RapidShot Hockey Training System – described as “batting cages for hockey” – as well as a unique custom-fit skate molding machine that’s attracted NHL players from across the country to the company’s downstate store.

Owner Marc O’Keefe is planning a grand opening for Perfect Edge Hockey-Lacrosse the weekend of July 21-23. The 5,000 square-foot store, located in the former Malisa’s Hallmark space near Sears in the Cherryland Center, will offer equipment, apparel, service, and training systems for hockey and lacrosse. Perfect Edge will feature a “state-of-the-art skate sharpening machine” and a dedicated wing of the store for Under Armour lifestyle and performance apparel, according to O’Keefe, who has operated a Perfect Edge store in Howell for 12 years. “We saw a desperate need for a hockey and lacrosse store up in Traverse City,” says O’Keefe.

Perfect Edge’s RapidShot training system – the only system if its kind within three hours of Traverse City, O’Keefe says – allows players to practice their hockey shots. The machine automatically passes and collects pucks and measures accuracy, shot speed and reaction time. Perfect Edge will also offer a synthetic ice skating treadmill for ice skating training, as well as a custom-fit skate molding machine. “We’re the only store in the U.S. I know of that has this machine,” says O’Keefe. “We get many NHL players that visit us, because even NHL teams don’t have this machine.”

Perfect Edge will operate seven days a week: Monday-Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. The company will host a grand opening sale July 21-23 with special discounts and free use of the RapidShot system.



#2 Dupes

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 06:39 AM

Never heard of them.

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#3 Monty22

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 07:24 AM

Maybe using an old CCM Fit machine?

#4 Gefiltefish

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 10:39 AM

I remember seeing a video on YouTube several years back of a shop that specialized in Graf skates. They had several devices for punching, stretching, etc. But also had a SIDAS machine and another machine that appeared to be two air bladders. After they baked the skate, the buyer would lace them up and then stand/sit over this air bladder machine as the air pressure slowly built to form the skate over the foot. Not sure if that's the CCM machine mentioned above, but thought it was pretty interesting.
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#5 fpm39

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 12:07 PM

Maybe using an old CCM Fit machine?


Is that the one they used back in the day for the Vaku-Tacks?

#6 Monty22

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 12:36 PM

Is that the one they used back in the day for the Vaku-Tacks?


Yes.

#7 WindyCity

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 06:18 PM

Maybe using an old CCM Fit machine?

 

I went there today -- they are using the CCM machine

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#8 90Style10Skill

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 07:21 PM

So you're saying it's a sham?

Hockey is 90% style, 10% skill.™


#9 WindyCity

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 05:58 PM

I really don't know --- I haven't skated yet but I suppose it can't hurt.  You would think if it was really good at molding skates you would see more of them in use



#10 bluhmd

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:31 AM

I'm not sure exactly what they are doing, but I do know they are a class act. I have been going to the location in Howell for a long, long time. Great service, and very good sharpening, and can do just about any repair to your skates. The last pair of skates I got fitted for there, I spent about 3 hrs with Marc messing with stuff and figuring out things for my instep. At the time they were doing custom molds for Grafs and working directly with Graf Canada. I wouldn't think they would be "scamming" people, but could be wrong. Just my 2 cents

#11 fpm39

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:37 AM

Perhaps they figured out that after baking skates you put them on and into the old ccm fit machine to help the skates mold to your foot better?

#12 nisselrm

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:02 PM

It's not a scam at all. Most of the machines had issues with their bladders leaking. The machines are awesome if they work.

Air bladders push on he skate to press it into your fit the same way they do for ski boots.

The ccm tacks at the time were designed to be molded by heat AND that machine. It came out the first year of the 1152 tack. I used the machine on my last pair of customs. It's basically the same things guys do when they clamp certain parts of the skate during the mold to maximize the fit.

Always looking for 15" four roll/nexus gloves


#13 flip12

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 01:39 PM

It's not a scam at all. Most of the machines had issues with their bladders leaking. The machines are awesome if they work.

Air bladders push on he skate to press it into your fit the same way they do for ski boots.

The ccm tacks at the time were designed to be molded by heat AND that machine. It came out the first year of the 1152 tack. I used the machine on my last pair of customs. It's basically the same things guys do when they clamp certain parts of the skate during the mold to maximize the fit.

 

The CCM fit machine's only as old as the 1152? I thought the 652 Vaku Tack was already using that fitting process, maybe around early-mid 90's.



#14 nisselrm

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 01:41 PM

Those were the earliest ones that I saw and were the same as the ones pictured. It wouldn't surprise me if it was started earlier. It's not a particularly high tech process and has been used in other industries for quite a while to my knowledge

Always looking for 15" four roll/nexus gloves