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Posted on Which table saw to buy - Steel City 35990c or Porter Cable PCB270TS

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#1 posted 03-08-2011 12:06 PM

The guys who founded Steel City did indeed have some history with Delta (and others), but AFAIK, they’ve since left Steel City. I’ve heard that one of them (I think Scott Box) is involved with General International.

While the Steel City industrial cabinet saw is modeled after the Delta Unisaw, like most other North American style industrial cabinet saws, the hybrid and contractor saws are very different than those from Delta. The 35990 is a departure from their other well proven hybrids like the former Craftsman 22124, current Cman 22116, former Ridgid R4511, and Steel City 35925. Like most tools in today’s market, it’s tough to draw conclusions from other tools carrying the same logo. I know they’re were some issues with the 35990 that were documented here, but I’ve read other positives about the same saw, so its hard to know if the issues we read about were just isolated incidents. It looks like a nice saw for the money, but IMO more field testing is needed before I’d get a “warm fuzzy” feeling about buying one.

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