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Forum topic by scubadver posted 02-15-2008 05:19 AM 816 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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scubadver

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02-15-2008 05:19 AM

looking at buying a steel city 3hp table saw rather than delta, jet or powermatic. they seem to be built well for a great price. Almost 1/2 the cost of powermatic and much less than the others.

any thoughts or comments?

-- Gary, Michigan


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#1 posted 02-15-2008 05:37 AM

I don’t have a SC, but from what I’ve heard, it’s a real solid saw. Not a lot of bells & whistles, but great basic quality. I think they are available with a granite top which can’t hurt in the flatness dept.either.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#2 posted 02-15-2008 02:12 PM

Thanks I’ve heard and thought the same thing about granite but what do you think about granite durability? Don’t you think it would chip and/or scratch easily?

-- Gary, Michigan

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#3 posted 02-15-2008 03:20 PM

Gary, I was able to find this on the Popular Woodworking Website. Maybe this will help you with your decision.
Granite Top
I had no idea that cast iron was as hard to work with as it is. I thought once it was cast and machined, that was it. Apparently not.
Also, MsDebbieP has some info. Steel City Tools Part I . Steel City Tools Part II

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#4 posted 02-15-2008 07:43 PM

I have the SC 5hp industrial TS. It is a solid machine. Don’t forget the 5 year warranty.

-- Mike

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#5 posted 02-15-2008 10:04 PM

Thanks again I had not seen these articles. I’m seriously going to look at the 3hp TS with a granit top. I’ll let you know how it turns out

Thanks again

-- Gary, Michigan

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#6 posted 02-15-2008 11:38 PM

I just went to the wood show in collinsville, IL and looked at their cabinet saw with the cast-iron top. The helper took the plate out so I could see the inner workings. It comes with a great fence that moves silky smooth and locks tight. It all looks very heavy duty. The bandsaw had the granite top and it was interesting but I do not have experience using it.

-- St. Louis - just a cut away from finishing!

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#7 posted 02-16-2008 01:21 AM

I own their 3 hp cabinet saw with 50 inch rails. I have been very pleased with the saw’s performance but I am not quite sure about their quality control. My switch went bad and I called and they shipped a new switch immediately. Put the new switch in and no go. Call them and they shipped a new motor immediately. Install the motor and still nothing. I decided to open up the old switch and see what I might be able to find and I find a loose connection. Make the connection fast and the saw works fine. Still the new replacement switch still doesn’t work. All that aside, the saw is awesome when it works. I just got a feeling that my case was a fluke. Their customer service is incredibly responsive, their sales personnel in Murfreesboro were great. I would still buy SC tools in the future.

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#8 posted 02-16-2008 01:53 AM

I was originally planning to purchase the General International Hybrid, but since directly comparing the 2 I think I’m going with the Steel City, with the 52” fence and the granite top. I hope Gary gives us a complete review on the SC bandsaw with the granite top that he won!

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#9 posted 02-16-2008 02:03 AM

Brad_Nailor – When I get it, I plan on putting it through it’s paces. I looks like is has a lot of great features
so I can’t wait.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 02-16-2008 02:27 AM

I purchased a 3hp back in December and love it. It was easy to set up and was really well aligned right out of the crate. Get the industrial fence – it’s actually better than the deluxe. The heaviest I run through it so far is a 2×8 cross cut, which I don’t think it even noticed. Either buy a wheel set or make your own, my shop is a garage bay, so moving it around is a must. Running the power took more time than the assembly.

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#11 posted 02-16-2008 04:55 AM

thanks to all. you helped me make my decision. Looks like Steel City it is.

-- Gary, Michigan

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