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jcox

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831 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: northtech

Has anyone ever heard of NorthTech Industrial Machinery or know what their table saw or dust collection machines are like? I’ve run across a couple in an online IRS auction that are a couple of hours from me, and the table saw looks pretty nice. However, I cannot find anything about this company online and only see a couple of places that even carry their tools (all without reviews that I can see).

From my initial research, it looks like the company is in Kentucky and is still active according to the Secretary of State, but that doesn’t help me much with regards to the quality of their tools. The saw and dust collectors I am looking at would need to be converted from 3 phase (via converter, new motor, etc), so if the quality of the tools is low, I’d rather keep looking. If this a rebrand of a good machine from overseas, though, I really don’t care whether the saw says PM, Jet, SawStop, etc. vs NorthTech…just want something that cuts and runs well! Anyone have any insight on this company?


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#1 posted 831 days ago

I believe they were sold from a company in North Carolina at one time. The machines were made in Taiwan or China. I remember ads in fine woodworking years back. Le Neve machinery or something like that was the seller. I would guess they would compare to Wilke, which had a nice product, before they went out of business. bob

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#2 posted 831 days ago

I have been happy with their 17” Bandsaw. It looks like a clone of the Grizzly.
I haven’t seen the TS or DC up close.
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jcox

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#3 posted 831 days ago

Thanks for the welcome, I’m getting back into woodworking after a two year hiatus (due to changing jobs), and I found some great advice and info last week that’s been helpful in rebuilding/reconditioning a Makita 2030 I was lucky enough to pick up off of Craigslist for $100 almost two years ago (right before the job change). As I explored the site, I found a lot to like!

Getting back to NorthTech, the dust collector looks fairly similar to a Grizzly, and I found a picture that shows the serial plate that clearly states “Made in Taiwan,” where I think Grizzly makes some of their machines (with others made in China, I believe)...however, I’m not sure whether that is enough to assume it would perform similarly to a Grizzly or if that means Grizzly would be a fair comparison for the table saw.

I emailed the seller to see if I could set up a time to look it over in person…if anyone else has any thoughts on NorthTech, I’d love to hear them. I’ll follow up with what I find after looking it over in person, as it never hurts to build the community knowledge base.

Jake

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#4 posted 831 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#5 posted 830 days ago

If you go or call your local industrial woodworking machinery dealer they will have all the info you need . Some of northtech machinery is similar to grizzly. Their 20 in planer is similar to grizzlys 20in prof. planer with spiral cutterhead but I didnt compare specs.

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