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Forum topic by jcdyed posted 10-06-2015 06:37 PM 567 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2015 06:37 PM

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I am looking to buy a good table saw, looking to replace a saw a sold before moving. I would like a hybrid but am open to other options. I would like a Riving Kinfe and a good solid saw. I saw a Steel City on CL for $600, it is model number is 35972 with 50 inch fence and has a Riving Knife. It is in like new condition based on the photos.

Would like any opinions about this saw, and price.

Thanks


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#1 posted 10-06-2015 06:46 PM

Just be aware that Steel City closed their doors back in May, so service and parts may be an issue.

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#2 posted 10-06-2015 06:51 PM

Just be advised that Steel City recently shut down. So you may not be able to find replacement parts if needed.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#3 posted 10-06-2015 06:58 PM

Parts are available from another company that bought out that piece of the business, but there is no warranty service. Since you would be buying it used, it’s the same as any other used piece of machinery in that respect. If you are needing parts, they would now come out of Canada, so just be aware of that.

The saw itself is a pretty good hybrid saw with full cabinet and a very good fence. IIRC, they sold new for around $900-1000 and had cabinet mounted trunnions. If you do your due diligence in making sure everything is working correctly on the saw, I would think $600 is a fair price in near new condition.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#4 posted 10-06-2015 10:58 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I have also thought about buying a new Grizzly G0715P. Wondering how these two would compare. It would be an additional 300-350 after shipping. Any thoughts: cheaper like new Steel City vs The new Grizzly?

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#5 posted 10-06-2015 11:18 PM

Take a look at the Grizzly G0771, too. It would only be about $175 more than the Steel City for that one. With the Grizzly’s, you would get a year warranty and easier availability of parts.

The Steel City is probably the best saw of the three, IMHO. Table mounted trunnions and a really good fence, whereas the G0715P has lighter duty table mounted trunnions, but a good fence and the G0771 has a table mounted trunnions, but the fence isn’t as good. (Why Grizzly can’t combine the best of those two saws into one really good hybrid, I don’t know)

If you want the security of a warranty and the availability of support being just a phone call away, go with one of the Grizzly saws. If you are comfortable without that and want to save a little bit, the Steel City could be a good saw. You might feel out the seller about coming down a bit on price. You could bring up Steel City being out of business as a bargaining point.

Edit: Isn’t that Steel City model a granite top? If so, are you comfortable with that? I would be, but many only want cast iron. Up to you.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#6 posted 10-06-2015 11:55 PM



Thanks for the feedback. I have also thought about buying a new Grizzly G0715P. Wondering how these two would compare. It would be an additional 300-350 after shipping. Any thoughts: cheaper like new Steel City vs The new Grizzly?

- jcdyed

+1 to the Grizzly 771. I have that one and it’s a great saw. Fence could be upgraded though.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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