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Forum topic by Cory posted 01-23-2012 04:55 PM 2092 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cory

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01-23-2012 04:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: steel city planer helical head

Has anyone used or seen this new Steel City planer:

http://www.amazon.com/Steel-City-40300H-13-Inch-Portable/dp/B0055NKCWI/ref=sr_1_12?s=power-hand-tools&ie=UTF8&qid=1327330431&sr=1-12

It looks different than their older helical head copy of the Ridgid 4330. It looks more like a 12” dewalt. On Steel City’s web site, they’re asking $449 for it, but $499 for the older model. I’m wondering what the difference is and why it costs less.

I’m in the market for a new bench top planer and the helical head is at the top of my list.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Cory

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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 01-23-2012 06:22 PM

Cory,

Wish I could help you, bud, but I know nothing at all about Steel City products….I guess I’ve been a Delta person tooo long…lol. My friend, Kent Shephard who is also a LJ, sells S.C. tools at his woodworking store. He might can help with your question…...

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#2 posted 01-23-2012 07:43 PM

I just checked it out. They are still putting HSS cutters in them. If I were to get one I would make sure there were carbide inserts that fit it.
I did notice that the new one you linked to is 25# lighter (shipping weight) than this one

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 01-23-2012 07:50 PM

Looks a whole lot like my Delta 22-590.
Wonder if their helical head would fit mine?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Cory

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#4 posted 01-23-2012 07:56 PM

Thanks for the replies. I missed that the cutters are HSS. I’ll try to find out if you can get a carbide cutter.

Rick, I sent a PM to Kent. Hopefully he can shed some light on the situation. Thanks for the suggestion!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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ellen35

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#5 posted 01-23-2012 08:55 PM

I have also posted on lunchbox planers today (must be in the air!).
My hesitation with the Steel City is that it did not get great reviews. More importantly, it has 2 sided HSS cutters. Check out the General International 13” – it too has HSS cutters but has gotten a better review.
I’m interested in what everyone has to say about this.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Cory

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#6 posted 01-23-2012 09:54 PM

Thanks, Ellen. The General planer looks very interesting. Any idea on the street pricing?

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ellen35

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#7 posted 01-23-2012 09:59 PM

I saw it for $569 in Fall River Massachusetts

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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ellen35

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#8 posted 01-24-2012 01:31 AM

Cory,
I just checked my catalog and I lied… it is $689.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 11-20-2013 03:00 AM

I just got one (the Steel City Portable Planer 13 inch Helical Head with CARBIDE CUTTERS 40300HC) from Highland Woodworking a couple months ago. I don’t have a lot to compare it to as I’ve only used other peoples planers before, but it certainly is quieter than others I’ve used. It was easy to set up and the dust collection works pretty good as well. It has done a really nice job on the ash, pine, oak and maple that I’ve put through it. I like the helical cutter and am now looking at the Steel City jointer with the granite top and helical cutter.

-- Steve Tripp, Minneapolis, MN

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#10 posted 11-20-2013 06:14 AM

Amana makes carbide inserts for that planer.

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