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06-09-2010 06:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw bandsaw drill press

So I’ve seen alot of discussion about tools and we all know people have different opinions about this one or that one and rightly so. But I was just looking on ebay at used tools and saw some Steel City saws and realized I haven’t seen to many people comment on or recommend them. Is it because they’re so new and not many people own one or that people that own them aren’t pleased. They look like they’re well made to me and I’ve seen alot of awards for them in the normal magazines. So let’s hear it, what do you think or what do you know about Steel City.
A 5 hp saw with 50” fence, extension table and legs for $1599.00 plus $149.00 shipping sounds pretty good.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#1 posted 06-09-2010 06:42 AM

That does indeed sound like a good price.
I have a friend that runs a custom cabinet shop and two of his larger machines are SC. He loves them and I used his SC band saw and I thought it was a great machine. I like the company

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#2 posted 06-09-2010 07:14 AM

I have read a number of reviews about people having to Wait a long time just to get their equipment and also a large number of people with broken tops once they get their saws. I think there are a number of other saws that are close in price that have already proven themselves. Like Grizzly and even delta has a saw that’s not to much more.Also I’ve heard SawStop is coming out with a lower priced saw and I would always opt for their safety.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 06-09-2010 07:13 PM

I also think 1750 seems high for the Steel City. If I were in that price range, I would be looking somewhere else. I have a steel city drum sander that sells for around 2000.00 and I have some regrets as far as power goes on that drum sander. I do not feel Steel City is an upgrade over Grizzly and I believe a comparable Grizzly could be had for that price or less.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio,

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#4 posted 06-09-2010 07:57 PM

I’ve been thinking about SC for a while because of the granite top won’t rust or warp. But on the other hand, like a1Jim said, I’ve heard about them cracking because of the vibrations and magnetic device won’t work on the granite top. I may just go with Grizzly when I buy tools because I live only about 4 hours away from them and don’t have to worry about the shipping.

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#5 posted 06-09-2010 09:31 PM

Another thing about granite tops is that you can’t use magnetic feather boards on them and I like those a lot.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 06-09-2010 10:42 PM

i have a friend that bought a granite top and it cracked within three months. Im out on granite.

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#7 posted 06-09-2010 10:56 PM

I have SC Table saw is 3hp and works ok.I had to elongate one of the hole that hold the top to the cabinet to aline the miter slot to the blade, other than that it’s work fine( I haven’t done much with it )

mine it is steel top

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#8 posted 06-09-2010 11:28 PM

I think the Grizzly that is most comparable is the 3 hp with extension table and legs and now comes with the riving knife that moves with the blade and it’s $1350.00. There are two models GO691 $1350.00, G1023RLX $1395.00. I have heard alot of good things about Grizzly tools and they will offer free shipping sometimes.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#9 posted 06-10-2010 01:18 AM

I took a peak at the Grizzly site a few hours ago, after my first reply, and there appears to be a 5hp shop fox with the long rails that is still less then what is stated for the Steel City.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio,

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#10 posted 06-10-2010 01:29 AM

SC makes some great equipment . I have their 18” bandsaw and can’t say a bad word about it . I looked at the Ti coated Table Saws they make and was going to but one before I found a good deal on the saw I have now . $1599 is a nomal price for a new 5hp model TS .

I have a granite top saw , and love that thing . I use Milescraft miter slot feather boards with good results .

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#11 posted 06-10-2010 04:46 AM

I have their 3 hp cabinet saw with 50” rails and I really like it a lot. I had some problems with the switch but SC customer service was awesome. shipped a new one immediately. My next purchase will be a 14 inch band saw and I will definitely consider SC. I agree with others. Granite sounds sexy but steel is time tested and a known commodity.

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#12 posted 06-10-2010 05:00 AM

I have a Steel City Mortiser, its a great tool.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 06-10-2010 05:01 AM

I may be wrong, but, I truly believe granite tops are a passing fad. I see no real benefit. Proponents will say the granite is flatter but how much flatter do you need. A quality cast iron top is going to be flat enough for any projects you would want to do. Maybe the manufacturers offering the granite aren’t capable of making a quality cast iron top? I’ll bet the granite is cheaper.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#14 posted 06-10-2010 05:03 AM

Hey Charles that’s what I need, a mortiser! You like the Steel City huh?

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#15 posted 06-10-2010 12:56 PM

I just ordered a SC helical planer (Was ordered as a drop ship) and I was calling SC customer service to confirm that shipped it out on time and they were great to deal with. Very responsive and even checked something further for me and called me back right away with the info.

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