Steel City 40615 long bed or Shop Fox W1745 Jointers

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Forum topic by justinwdemoss posted 11-11-2013 06:22 PM 4842 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2013 06:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: steel city shop fox jointer long bed 40615 w1745

Let me begin by stating that I realize that I have not included pictures as I didn’t have my phone with me in the showroom. The local machinery sales store has a good selection of jointers and got rid of my bench top craftsman and am looking for a full size. I do not want to order online and pay shipping and deal with delivery so i am looking local. Here are my options and I want to know any thought from lumberjocks that have experience with either model.

The commonalities: both machines are used, clean, 110 single phase power. Original knives that need sharpening. Built in mobile base

Steel City 40615 Long bed jointer. 2007 model. 1.5 hp motor. 55 inch bed. 4 inch dust port. In feed bed hand wheel and 1/8 inch depth detent on front of tool. $525

Shop Fox W1745 2011 model. 1 hp motor. 42 inch bed. Dust shoot, but no port Level operated in feed adjustment with 1/8 inch detent on back of machine. $425

The big plus for the Shop fox is my small shop space and the $100 lower price.However, the Shop Fox is a low end tool but the shop sells new ones and supports them. The Steel City pros are the weight, length of bed, and beefier fence. The Steel City model has been replaced by the 40625.

I will likely act in the next week.

Thanks in advance for the help.


-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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#1 posted 11-11-2013 07:47 PM

how long do you think you will keep this jointer. If you answer in years then it’s simple
The steel city more power, longer bed, dust port better adjustment.

$100 more for 30 years of happy use.

Well worth it, but hey I love spending other peoples money.

-- Its all about the jigs

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#2 posted 11-11-2013 08:03 PM

Steel City.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 11-11-2013 08:09 PM

I have the Grizzly equivalent of those and IMHO I’d go with the SC. On a Jointer, the Longer the bed the better. More Power, GOOD!!!! $100 bucks…Worth it!!!

-- Still got all my Fingers!!!

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#4 posted 11-11-2013 08:23 PM

I’ve been using a Grizzly 6” jointer with a 48” (or pretty close) bed. It got the job done that I originally bought it for (used for $250) but I’ve quickly outgrown it and need one with a full 72” bed. Didnt think I would use it all that much but now it seems like I’m using it on every project. Gotta love a flat surface…

If it will fit, get the longer bed and more power.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#5 posted 11-11-2013 10:03 PM

Both seem very expensive for six inch jointers. I realize there are regional differences in the used market, but around here long bed six inchers go for ~$300 at most.

I just picked up an Enco 8 incher for $300. It was a very good deal, but not one of a kind.

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#6 posted 11-12-2013 01:12 AM

Like Tim Allen would grunt: “uhh-ho-ho-ho-ho-uhhhh, more power”

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 11-13-2013 01:21 AM

Thanks for all the input. I took the plunge today and went with the Steel City long bed. After making my original post, I called Steel Cities technical support line. After leaving a message, I got a call from them about two hours later and found out that the Steel City 40615 (the one I am interested in) was replaced by the 40625. The change reflects a new easy alignment cutter head similar to what Jet and Powermatic use. The rest of the machine remains unchanged. Knives for the 40615 are a standard size and are available at most woodworking a machine stores and websites. The guy from Steel City was super helpful and said that they still stock most of the replacement parts for 40615. After hearing from the company I felt much better about buying the older of the two machines, especially one that is a high cost item new.

I called the local store and had them hang a “sold” sign on the jointer. Thursday I am borrowing a neighbors truck to go and pick it up. As it is winter early in Ohio, my shop is in “winter mode” meaning everything is tightly arranged in one bay of our two car garage. It will be a challenge to get the long bed into the space, but it’ll work out. The local retailer is throwing in a new set of knives after he realized that the current ones were in need of sharpening so I should be good to go. The jointer doesn’t have the quick change knives that my craftsman benchtop did so I will have to build a jig or two for sharpening and changing, but it all looks good.

Again, thanks to everyone that weighed in.

Jonah, I’m glad to hear that you have had such good luck with machines. Craigslist around here tends to have solid 6 inchers above $500, and open stand lighter duty models in the $150 to $300 range. I have been on the lookout for about 6 months and not only am happy with the find, but am ready to be done trying to track down private sale used machines. I am hoping this will be my machine for 20 years and I like the fact that the local dealer knows the machine and supports parts for it.

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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