|Review by Phred||posted 11-01-2009 06:14 PM||7738 views||0 times favorited||28 comments|
- Steel City 8" Granite Deluxe Jointer with Helical Head
- Brand: Steel City | Category: Jointers
Well, I ordered my Steel City 8” Granite Deluxe Jointer with Helical Head back in the beginning of August… The guy a the shop I deal with said it would be a 3-4 week wait to get one, well.. 3-4 weeks later.. still didnt’ have it.. then it was two weeks, then two more weeks, then it’s on the boat, should be another two weeks, well.. it’s been 3 months since I ordered it, checked back in, and final answer, there should be one at the tool show, and you can have that one… well.. off I go to the tool show yesterday find my Rep, and he looks at me and says, you are not going to be happy…....
Well.. sure enough, Steel City is having major production problems with the 8” Granite jointers, seems the granite isn’t working out too good on the bed, and they are not able to produce them, then on top of that, I was informed that instead of using Cabide cutters in the helical head, it’s going to use HSS cutters, and they are proprietary to Steel City..
Well.. after much bargaining, he tried to sell me thier 8” industrial jointer.. but I was already not happy as it was, and after some wandering around, I found a General 8” for $1300 bucks brand new, and I can pick it up the next day… no waiting!! :)
So.. my final verdict on this jointer, even if they end up producing them, My concern is the Granite, how sure are you going to be on the reliability of this jointer, if they can’t even produce them. And they have stopped production on thier old Cast Iron Jointer (except the industrial one) I would be worried to own the complete 8” Granite now, there probably is just not enough support under those granite wings to stop them from cracking (unlike thier table saws, where there is really nothing sticking out.)
Even if you want one, you can’t have one.. so just keep dreaming, and when you snap out of it, just pickup an old faithful Cast Iron Jointer, you know they won’t have problems with those!
-- But honey.. this new power tool will pay for itself when we re-do the kitchen!