Steelex ST1011 8 inch jointer

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Forum topic by Runner posted 11-05-2016 09:18 PM 4928 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2016 09:18 PM

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I’m in the market for an 8 inch jointer for my shop. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with the Steelex brand. Utter Guys has the ST1011 for approx $1350, which seams like fair deal for a parallellogram jointer with spiral cuttterhead. I’m also considering the Grizzly G0490XW ($1500) and Shop Fox W1741SW ($1600). They are all very similar. Thanks for any feedback.

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#1 posted 11-05-2016 10:41 PM

I think the Taiwan stuff is all basically the same
aside from minor differences in specs and paint
quality. Italian machines have an Italian vibe
about them too, never cheap but they are
a little crude in certain areas and refined in
others. The German stuff is about the best.

Anyway, I wouldn’t hesitate if I wanted a spiral
head and I found an “off” brand from Taiwan
selling for less. I think the stuff is basically the
same under the paint. I’d be a little concerned
if I couldn’t expect to get service from the seller
but the Utter Guys from what I have read are
in not a fly-by-night operation.

Down here in Los Angeles there is an importer
called Lobo and local shops have a lot of their
badged machines in them. It’s all the same general
Taiwan stuff Grizzly sells but they have a warehouse
and service center in town so shops here buy from

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#2 posted 11-06-2016 12:34 AM

Thanks for your reply. Very informative. I just found a dealer in Minneapolis (1.5 hours away) who has the Steelex in stock for $1190+tax. I’ll try to make it over there next week to have a look. Still might order it online to have it delivered to my garage shop.

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#3 posted 11-07-2016 10:11 PM

runner :

I was looking into the steelex 1011 also . Would you mind sharing the name of the dealer in minn.

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#4 posted 11-07-2016 10:58 PM

The dealer is Tried & True Tools in Fridley, MN. Search for Tried & True Tools on craigslist.

And I ended up buying a used 6” Powermatic… The price was right and it was right in my neighborhood.

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#5 posted 01-04-2017 03:08 PM

Just picked up the Steelex ST1011 from Tried & True Tools two weeks ago. Just got it set up this weekend and have only run some test boards thru it. It works great! Tables are dead flat and this thing is so quite when cutting. The tables were not set right from the factory so I did have to spend a couple hours getting them coplaner.

I think I will definitely be ordering the Steelex 20” planer as soon as I can convince the wife that it is a necessary tool.

The guys at Tried & True Tools were great! It will be nice to have a local store to deal with if I have any warranty issues.

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#6 posted 01-10-2017 02:53 AM

I am pretty much a beginner and am looking for my first jointer. I have read many places suggesting to go with an 8 inch jointer versus 6 inch if the budget works. I looked at the Steelex 6 inch version at Tried & True Tools. It’s somewhere around $500. They have one more of the 8 iinch ST1011 which is still in the box, so I couldn’t see it. They aren’t planning on setting it up because they say it will sell quickly.
Of course the ST1011 is 220 volt, so I’d have a bit of electrical work in my shop, but the panel is right there, so it should be fairly easy.
So, the question in my mind: Start out with a 6 inch model? Or go right for the 8 inch?

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#7 posted 01-10-2017 04:28 AM

Go right for the 8 esp since it probably has longer tables.Its better to have long tables then you don’t have to set up out feed and infeed rollers.
When you make that nice Rustic Farm table:)

-- Aj

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#8 posted 01-10-2017 04:33 AM

I am now a last tool first kind a guy when it comes to the big tools. Sick of losing money on the “good enough for now tools”. I waited until I could afford the 8 inch before purchasing. I just feel like the majority of stuff I would do will fit on an 8 inch but I would be limited on the 6.

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#9 posted 08-12-2017 05:46 AM

I’ve been following this forum for a while and learned a good bit of solid advice. Now, today, I have something that might help others.

I wanted to chime in and say that I am also one of the many who has been waiting on the Grizzly 0490x. I placed my order in April and each month I’d call and ask for an update only to be told it had pushed back another month. Well same thing happened a few days ago. For the 3rd time it was another month out, now to mid October. But this time the call was followed with an email a few hours later. Customer service wrote saying they had a small batch of Steelex 1011’s come in and could ship same day. Being one to research the heck out of products I was immediately weary of losing the trusted Grizzly brand and jumped to comparing the two. Even reading through this thread. So….I spoke with a tech who said they were indeed made in a different factory but were identical in every way except the color and shape of the front panel. So off to the companies sites to pick them apart based on spec sheets and owners manuals. From what I found comparing the Grizzly 0690x to the Steelex 1011 is Steelex takes the win. Mostly due to country of origin.

Steelex has:
3 additional inches of base in front (notice the pushed out panel in front. The bottom of the upper half is the same but the Steelex extends out 3” where as the Grizzly is flat)
24 pounds heavier (I assume due to the larger base)
1/8 deeper rabbet cuts

3/8 larger diameter cutter
Cutters listed as curved
Cutter heads are 1mm shorter in length and width. 14mm v 15mm
But .5mm thicker cutter heads

Country of origin:
Grizzly made in China
Steelex made in Taiwan (a much more reputable company for manufacturing)

1 year warranty on Grizzly
2 year warranty on Steelex

Also according to Grizzly customer service all parts are interchangeable and available through Grizzly. Any warranty needs or customer service questions would also be handled by Grizzly. All this being said, my Steelex 1011 will be here Monday!

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#10 posted 08-18-2017 06:43 PM

By spec Steelex maid in China,
insert 15 mm and 2.5mm
Greezly 14mm and 2mm.
Steelex has higher cutterhead Speed 5350 RPM vs 4800 in Grizzly.
Only noticeable disadvantage of Steelex vs Grizzly it is not Certified by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory.
And in spec. nothing about “Pair of Push Blocks”

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#11 posted 08-18-2017 06:59 PM

I picked up my Steelex 1011 last Saturday. I haven’t had time to completely set it up. I’m waiting for some help to lift the bed onto the stand. It’s plenty heavy.

The manual seems quite good for unpacking and setup.

It did have a pair of push blocks.

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#12 posted 08-18-2017 07:15 PM

also looks like Grizzly has more expensive cutterhead $365 vs $299 in Steelex

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