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11-21-2012 at 05:43 PM

I am just new in pursuit of some woodworking tools. I have found a two year old Steel City table saw for sale model #35605, looks hardly used for $1,000.

Steel City web site says that this model has been discontinued, should I be conserned.

I spoke with a store manager from a local Woodcraft store about Steel City, and he didn’t want to talk about them. Finally he said Woodcraft as a corporation is not comfortable promoting Steel City aggessively because as he put it, some companies come and go. Almost as if he new that the company is on the skids.

If I can get this table saw for a really good deal, would any one recommend buying it knowing that parts and company sevice may not be around for a long time.


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#1 posted 11-21-2012 at 06:19 PM

I have a Steel City hybrid table saw, sold under the Craftsman label, model 152.221240, which I bought new 4-5 years ago. It was discontinued shortly thereafter, but I’ve used it quite a lot with no problems. I bought it based on universally good reviews…as on this site…and have been satisfied. It’s a good, basic saw. Woodcraft pushes it’s own brands, so I’d discount the salesman’s comments…Steel City has been around for awhile and will likely continue for as long as your likely to own the saw.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#2 posted 11-21-2012 at 06:27 PM

as long as the saw checks out (no mechanical issues, motor runs, blade is straight), there really isn’t much that can go wrong with these machines. usually if there is any issue with the saw, it’s when its first purchased, and is usually taken care of as part of warranty. if the deal is good, and the saw works well, I say go for it. as for SC, they have seen better days, and used to be highly marketed by woodcraft, then they had difficulties providing (backorders and cancellations) and I think WC dropped them as a supplier. haven’t heard much about them in a long time.

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#3 posted 11-21-2012 at 08:22 PM

IIRC, that’s basically a hybrid saw with cabinet mounted trunnions, and a 3hp motor….they offered a 1.75hp version of the same saw (35601), which was pretty much the same saw as the Craftsman 22124. It may have only been owned for 2 years, but it was made in the range of 6 to 7 years ago (ask to see the original receipt). It’s got lighter duty guts than most 3hp industrial cabinet saws, connecting rods as an arbor carriage, and an older style splitter….not a riving knife. It was a good saw, but $1000 is pretty steep for it IMO….it was probably ~ $1200 newm so $650 would be fair, but not more than $700. For $1294 shipped you can get a brand new Grizzly G1023RL with a riving knife, beefier trunnions, and a warranty.

Steel City hybrid trunnions:

I wouldn’t expect a dealer to have much good to say about something he’s not profiting on.

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#4 posted 11-22-2012 at 03:16 PM

Thank you for your help. Mr. Knotscott do you much about the Grizzly G1023RL.
Does anyone have a really good recommendation for a machine around $1000.

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#5 posted 11-22-2012 at 04:03 PM

Mr. Knotscott, you seem to be very knowledgable about woodworking equipement. I have been noticing your responses on numerous other forums.
I have just discovered that Grizzly is strickly mail order. Does that translate into savings for me as a consumer.

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knotscott

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#6 posted 11-22-2012 at 06:39 PM

”I have just discovered that Grizzly is strickly mail order. Does that translate into savings for me as a consumer.”

In a word, yes. Grizzly is a direct importer with no formal dealer network…if you’re willing to be your own middleman, the savings are legit. They do have 3 showrooms across the US, so it’s possible to see them if you’re within driving distance. As with any brand, you need to do your research, but IMHO many of their tools are very good values, especially several of their current table saws. It’s worth noting that a 3hp motor will require 220v.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#7 posted 11-22-2012 at 08:27 PM

I just read this discussing from a couple years ago, with regards to a guy from Wisconsin who had to wait four months for a part for his planner from Grizzly. You may remember it, the hole discussing got pretty ugly.

Grizzly reminds me of Harbor Frieght Stores.

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knotscott

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#8 posted 11-23-2012 at 04:03 AM

Come on now…did you really take a good look? You can find a bad experience with every brand on the market if you look. Grizzly has a huge line of tools…some of the lower end stuff isn’t that good, but most of the machinery is considerably better than HF’s IMO. I don’t think that most is quite on par with Minimax or the Canadian made General stuff, but overall is on par with other imports like Jet, General International, Rikon, Laguna, Steel City, some Delta, some PM….every tool is unique but the vast majority is pretty decent stuff at a good price IMHO. Grizzly sells a lot of tools, so it’s not hard to find a few stories of unhappy folks, but for every customer with a problem there are many more that are perfectly satisfied. If you were to post about the quality and value of Grizzly, you’re likely to find a lot of supporters.

Do the tools below really look like something you’d find in a Harbor Freight store?



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#9 posted 11-23-2012 at 04:51 AM

You know, you are absolutely right. I really appreciate you taking the time to correspond with me. I see your comments all over other various forums, you clearly are person with significant knowledge about woodworking tools.

I am very impressed.

Thank you again for sharing.

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#10 posted 11-23-2012 at 07:19 AM

Glad to help. We’re very fortunate to have many knowledgeable and helpful folks here. Not all will share the same opinion, but that’s one way we learn different perspectives. In the end, you’ll want to get what makes sense to you for your situation.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#11 posted 11-23-2012 at 05:01 PM

I am thinking of building the raised panel solid wood cabinets for a new house next year. The power tools necassary will not be used after this endevor for a productive woodworking business.

Would you have any specific recomendations for outfitting a shop with the necassary effective power tools but nothing excessive in relationship to price or features. Table saw, jointer, planner, belt sanding, shaper, dust collector etc.

I am trying to get a gauge for how much this could cost me versus contracting it out, recognizing that after that fact I would have a well equipted hobby shop and the satifaction of doing this my self.

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