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Forum topic by bustersbud posted 04-21-2013 10:58 AM 830 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2013 10:58 AM

Looking at a Steel City band saw and want to hear what others think? Reliability and everything else, the 1.5 horse power model with granite top. Is a granite top that much of an issue? Just want a good working machine to do a little resawing.
Thanks Steve

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#1 posted 04-21-2013 11:14 AM

I have the granite top table saw and unless you’re one of those folks that uses a lot of magnetic attachments, I can say the granite top is not an issue. I’ve clamped stuff to it and used the heck out of it. It does not rust (my shop is unheated) but I do wax it just for extra slippery. It’s also extremely flat and heavy.

Can’t really help you with the rest, but the granite top is, for me, a non-issue.

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#2 posted 04-21-2013 11:36 AM

I have a friend who is a quasi full time woodworker. He bought a steel city bandsaw less than a year ago and has had nothing but trouble from it. The motor has died, 2x, and the tension adjuster sheered off. It should be mentioned they have replaced all the parts that have broken with no hassel, but who wants a tool that needs constant repair.

Would do fine, as long as you don’t expect a work horse.

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#3 posted 04-21-2013 05:15 PM

I bought a Steel City 14” Granite top bandsaw with extension. Since it is my first band saw, I can’t compare with others but it has worked great for me. No issues with top. Tracks straight. My fence locks whenever I release the handle which is frustrating in some situations but this maybe that I simply need to adjust it.

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#4 posted 04-22-2013 07:39 PM

Have you tried looking on different type of band saw? 14” would be best for resawing.

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#5 posted 04-23-2013 12:28 AM

I considered the SC when I was in the market for a bandsaw. It looked like a pretty good machine to me. Of course besides the granite table, the SC is still a garden variety, Taiwanese bandsaw. I think the Porter Cable or Craftsman 14” machines cost less and have comparable specs. That said, they are a better value IMO. And the craftsman has 8” of resaw clearance without adding a riser.

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