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Forum topic by cstrang posted 10-06-2009 01:15 AM 1409 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2009 01:15 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question planer jointer steel city

When it comes to stationary power tools I have always bought Delta, but I find that their customer service has been lacking ever since Black & Decker bought them. As I am in the market for a planer (model 40200H) and jointer (model 40640) I was looking into Steel City, I want a helical style cutter head and I was intrigued by the granite top on the jointer, I like to try out new and different things. I can kind of judge the quality of tool by the price tag ($1599.00 for the jointer and $779.00 for the planer) but in this case looks can be deceiving. I haven’t heard much about them as there isn’t a dealer in my province but I am driving through a province with a dealer after Christmas so it is no problem for me to pick up a new tool, I would just like to hear some feedback before I drop over $2000.00 in one spot. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#1 posted 10-06-2009 02:22 AM

I’m not sold on granite tops, and, even less on a planer or jointer top. So they may be flatter, but how flat is flat enough. After all, I’ll probably never make a wooden nuclear device.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#2 posted 10-06-2009 02:31 AM

Every granite top tool I see has chips in it. I would consider Grizzly tools instead They have been around a lot longer and have good tools and great customer service.

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#3 posted 10-06-2009 02:35 AM

I second A1Jim on the Grizzly. Great product, low price and great customer service. I’ll bet they will have granite tops coming soon if that is really what you want.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 10-06-2009 02:36 AM

I would love to buy a grizzly but from what I hear they don’t ship to canada, I could get it but there would be duty fees to pay and if a part broke it would be hard to get a replacement. And please correct me if I am wrong on the shipping to Canada issue.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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