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Forum topic by Furnitude posted 05-03-2011 11:39 PM 3921 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Furnitude

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05-03-2011 11:39 PM

I was just looking online at Lowes and saw this “Steel City 6 benchtop jointer. It says it has a cast iron top and spiral cutting head. The price is $302. 47 as of 05-03-11. I must say I’m intrigued.

Has anyone laid eyes or hands on one yet? I’m curious to know whether the fence is cast iron as well. Thanks.

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Bertha

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#1 posted 05-03-2011 11:53 PM

They apparently have the standing models as well. How SteelCity managed that, I’ll never know!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 05-04-2011 05:35 AM

It says cast iron fence in the product description and aluminum in the specs…looks aluminum to me…I do not know much about spiral cutting heads but the beds look short and at 34lbs its too light imho…

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#3 posted 05-06-2011 09:05 PM

Steel City at Lowes? Wha?!?

Good news while it lasts, the 35990 is a functional equivelent of the R4511 (with a granite or cast top).

Now if they’d just re-release their 16-32 drum sander I’d be a happy man with a Lowes 10% coupon in my pocket.

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#4 posted 05-06-2011 09:13 PM

I did some reading about what people had to say about the steel
city spiral insert cutterheads. It is not the same as the Byrd at all –
it is a very different and allegedly less effective design, but much
cheaper to manufacture.

Sears is selling a re-badged Steel City planer as well.

Don’t get me wrong, from what I’ve heard Steel City is doing a
good job with making quality machines at competitive price points.
I especially think the granite machine tops are an interesting thing,
but I’ve never used one so it’s sort of like taking marriage advice
from a priest.

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#5 posted 05-07-2011 02:04 AM

I’ve got a Steel City Dust collector that I got a great deal on from Woodcraft. I’m very happy with the machine for fit, finish & operation plus it REALLY SUCKS!

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#6 posted 05-07-2011 02:50 AM

Here is the link to the Steel City’s webpage with info about this jointer. I recently bought and returned the same day the little Delta benchtop jointer and truthfully the assembly and even instruction manual look VERY similar. The Delta was a piece of underpowered junk. I’d hope this wouldn’t be the same but am wary of them now.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#7 posted 01-19-2012 06:48 AM

I recently purchased a 40630CH
6” Cast Iron Stationary Jointer with Helical Cutter Head from Lowes. The fence is straight and luckily the in feed and out feed tables were parallel. The Helical cutter is amazing, it handled a piece of Walnut wth ease.
So far, I have been happy wth the purchase.

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