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Forum topic by dbw posted 12-06-2013 08:04 PM 1496 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2013 08:04 PM

I am seriously considering buying either a Steel City 40100 or 40300H planer. Does anyone have any experience with Steel City planers? Some of the reviews I’ve read for the 40300H indicate it leaves “lines” between the cutters. Has anyone had this problem or am I misunderstanding? I thought the 26 cutters were overlapping so there would be no lines. Any opinions/feedback would be greatly appreciated. Does Amazon have the lowest prices or is there a better deal elsewhere?

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#1 posted 12-06-2013 08:25 PM

I have one of those (can’t remember which one and it’s -8 degrees in my garage so i’m not gonna go look), I do get the lines, but they’re not from mis-spaced cutterheads, they’re from damaged blades, the older models came with hss cutters instead of carbide and they’re fairly fragile, boards with some dirt or dried glue in them will mess up your cutter heads pretty quickly and you’ll have lines in your planed boards. Since i’m lazy and my blades are otherwise sharp, I just scrape off the lines with a carbide paint scraper, adds maybe 2 minutes to each board, but for a helical head planer at that price ($650 when i got it, probably less now), it aint a bad deal. Another problem I’ve had is that when it’s cold, the rollers have a hell of a time holding onto the wood, and it’ll repeatedly stop during the cut, and you basically have to push and pull to keep it going, I imagine this is more a problem with it being -8 degrees in my shop, and less a problem with the planer itself. Lastly, the infeed and outfeed tables are fairly terrible, both of mine are bowed, so setting them perfectly is basically impossible, and you will have about 2 inches of snipe on every board unless you do a lot of tweaking (I just cut off the sniped ends or sand it until i can’t tell anymore (it’s rarely more than 1 or 2 thousandths of an inch deep anyway)

All things considered, it’s a good planer, and not having to ever deal with a knife-setting jig is more than worth the minor issues I’ve had with it. I still salivate over the 15-inch spiral-head planer from grizzly with cast iron infeed and outfeed tables, but the steel city works fine for now.

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#2 posted 12-06-2013 08:26 PM

I just sold a SC jointer and planer.

They worked well for me. Mine just had knives and not the helix.

I just bought new Grizzly planer and jointer with the helix in hopes of cutting down on some of the sanding.

I found nothing wrong with my SC tools, including my table saw.

Grizzly has a sale on now so you might consider them. Just an opinion as I am not paid to say that. Good luck.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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