|Review by Greg3G||posted 03-26-2008 08:46 PM||6947 views||2 times favorited||16 comments|
- Steel City 6-Inch Industrial Parallelogram Jointer
- Brand: Steel City | Category: Jointers
I purchased this at the March Woodworking Show in Chantilly, VA. I had been looking for a jointer for some time. At one point this was listed for $999 but since they have decided to drop this from their line, I picked it up for $499 with an extra set of knives thrown in the deal.
The equipment was picked up at the show (Skarie was the distributer) and came in two boxes. One is the cabinet the other the jointer bed assembly. The boxes showed no damage so I felt fairly certain that everything was in good shape.
We (my brother Adrian and I) unboxed the base cabinet box which contained all the hardware and instructions. The instructions were pretty well written and had good illistrations. We set to putting it together. Everything went pretty smoothly … until.
Once we had all the base assembled it was time to attach the jonter to the cabinet. The first 3 mounting bolts went in easily, the last one however, was a bit of a different story. The bolt is installed from the bottom side, toward the front, behind the dust chute. I could barely reach it. I had to have my nephew attach that last bolt. Once that was done, the rest of the assembly we rather well.
The coating they apply for protection during shippment came off pretty easily for the most part. The only trouble spots were in the fence mechisim which was to be expected.
After set up, we decided to fire it up and run a few test cuts. Now I know that I need to add a few more circuts in the shop area. When we plugged it in, it went into the same circuit that carries the load for the shop lights. Upon start up, it made the floresent fixtures flicker. Adrian thought it was cool, I thought that I really need to get those new circuts run.
The Parallelogram beds adjust very easily and lock down well. The fence was a bit tricky to get set up properly at first but when we went back to the instructions we found that we had missed a step during installation. A quick adjustment, and all was good. The outfeed bed came dead on out of the box and I only need to slightly adjust the infeed table. All the surfaces were flat and true.
After a quick cleaning and a coat of wax on the bed. We fired it back up and ran some red oak through as a test. It worked like a champ! After a few passes, it had the edge as smooth as glass. I should have done this sooner.
It’s heavy and absorbs vibrations well.
Set up and adjustments are straight forward.
Bed is flat and true
Cutting depth adjustments are simple and easy to make.
It’s heavy (I know I also said this was a Pro) it not something you want to lift without help.
There is one bolt that is difficult to install.
It does draw a lot of load on a 110 circuit.
-- Greg - Charles Town, WV