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Inline Skate Maintenance Stands

Skate stands can make it easier to change and rotate skate wheels, and do other skate maintenance procedures and skate repairs.

When you're shopping for a stand to hold your skates upside down during wheel rotation or other skate maintenance procedures, there are several features to look for. How securely does it hold the skates? Does it prevent them from moving forward and back? How about from left to right? Is it made of steel, wood, plastic, or something else? Is it too heavy? Too light? Too expensive? Is it sturdy enough to withstand a lot of tugging and pulling on the skates? Does it position the skates correctly for the kind of maintenance you want to do? Here are four different models of skate maintenance stands, priced from $15 to $250 USD.

The Blade Vice ($250 USD)
This skate maintenance stand looks like something Inline Skate Stand built from an Erector Set. This super-durable skate holder that is made for heavy duty use in places like skating rinks, hockey facilities, skate shops, and at major skating events, Only the most die-hard, compulsive skate maintenance junkie (we all know a few of those) will drop $250 on one of these for personal home use. There are special Blade Vice models for (1)fitness inline skates, (2) aggresive inline skates, and (3) ice skates. The BladeVice is distributed out of Victoria BC Canada.
BEST REASONS TO BUY : It will last forever and you're skates aren't going ANYWHERE when they are secured in it.

The Rotation Station ($25 USD)
The Rotation Station is a skate maintenance stand Inline Skate Stand made of injection molded plastic that can be folded flat for easy storage between maintenance sessions. This device has a very simple design: There is a cradle for holding your skates upside down with one end slightly elevated, and two rows of wheel holders in the center with enough slots for 10 wheels. I'd like to try this device myself, to see how securely it holds the skate. For more information see the Rotation Station Web Site and the LondonSkaters.com Review. The Rotation Station is distributed by FSO Industries in Huntington Beach California USA.
BEST REASONS TO BUY : It folds flat for storage and has cool wheel holders.

The Skate Stand ($15 USD)
Inline Skate Stand This skate stand was designed by a High Point North Carolina inline skater in early 1992. The device consists of a flat rectangular base with a post that fits inside the skate, a tiny post that acts as a bearing pusher, and a recessed tool well for tools, hearings, and small parts. A special "L-adaptor" for speed skates (with no cuff) is available for an additional $5 USD. The Skate Stand is built from 100% recycled materials. BEST REASONS TO BUY : A price any skater can afford and it has a built-in bearing removal device.

Sonic Skate Stand
A U-shaped device that holds Inline Skate Stand skates upside down securely during skate maintenance. The device has a "post" over which you slide your inline skates and it has a deep U-shaped cracle to support the toe of a skate and prevent it from moving side to side, or spinning around the post. The stand also has a shallow well in the center for storing skate tools, beraings, spacers, and other small parts. The Sonic Skate Stand is distributed by skating accessories giant Sonic Sports in Inglewood, California USA.
BEST REASONS TO BUY : Device holds skates very securely and Sonic is well-respected name in the skating accessories business (owner Cliff Chi designed the award winning "Gripz" skate tool).

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