Are any of these SC table saws a great deal?

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Forum topic by Tom posted 02-28-2014 03:29 AM 2154 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2014 03:29 AM

Found this ad on a nearby CL… if not a good deal for me, maybe there will be a deal here for another lumberjocks user. They list several table saws… if one is a real steal I might break my budget and drive down to pick it up, but they list a lot of models here…

here is the link:

and some info from the post…

Model——- Description——- Qty——- Condition

15430——- 8” Industrial Slow Speed Grinder (latest model), was $269.99, now $215.99 (2) New without box

20530——- 17” Variable speed Floor Drill press – Newest model – (2) Assembled, New without box $595.00, (1) Assembled, New without box $575 (with a small crack in cover)

35950——- 10” Cast Iron top Cabinet Saw, was $1099.99, now $799.99 (1) Assembled demo, without packaging

35990C——- 10” Cast Iron Top Contractor Saw, was $749.99, now $620.00 (2) Assembled, New without box

35990G——- 10” Granite Top Contractor Saw, was $649.99, now $500.00 (1) Assembled, new without box


40100——- SOLD!!

40610CH——- SOLD!!

40255——- 15” Thickness Planer (newest model), was $999.99, now $849.99 (1) Demo unit without box

40625——- 6” Stationary Cast Iron top jointer Straight head, was $799.99, JUST REDUCED now to $550.00 (2) New without package

40640——- 6” Stationary Granite Jointer Straight cutter head $949.99 $741.00 (1) New without package

50110——- 10” 2 Speed Bandsaw (new blue line model), was $259.99, JUST REDUCED now to $179.99 (5) New without box

50112——- 12” 2 Speed Deluxe Bandsaw (new blue line model), was $399.99, JUST REDUCED TO $299.99 (1) New without box

M22116——- 10” Cabinet saw same as Craftsman MODEL #22116 with a free mobile base #80102 $750.00 (LAST ONE!!) Brand new in original package

I know nothing about Steel City other than seeing a couple of their things in youtube videos.


-- --Tom - Saint Francis, WI

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#1 posted 02-28-2014 04:00 AM

Steel City was founded by some former Delta execs. Their products are all imports from Taiwan and China—no biggie, so is almost everyone else’s. My company is a Steel City dealer and we have been happy with their products and support. Not quite as happy with product availability, but overall they have been a good company to work with. In addition to making saws under the Steel City brand, their factories also manufacture some Craftsman models and used to make the granite topped Ridgid saws. The designs themselves may not be spectacular, but are solid and proven, which is worth a lot for a piece of machinery.

Now, after all that. Those prices represent a reasonable discount for floor displays. I wouldn’t call it a steal as much as a good deal as you are likely to find on a new saw. The obvious advantages over going used are that you would be getting a riving knife, cabinet-mounted trunnions and a warranty—slightly shorter, but if something is going to wrong, it will usually be apparent right away. If I was going to buy one of these, I would shoot for the 35950 or the M22116. They are pretty much the same hybrid saw with different badging. Good fence with one piece rails (IIRC) and a 1-3/4 HP motor.

The contractor saws are good for the price, but I’m not a fan of the two piece fence rail and the fence itself is OK, but not great.

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#2 posted 02-28-2014 04:22 AM

Yeah I would totally go for the 35950… no really, you are lucky I am very far away ;-)

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#3 posted 02-28-2014 04:25 AM


I live in Chicago, Humbolt Park. I’ve been pinching pennies to buy one. I’m buying one of the cast iron top ones with the next pay check. It will replace a dewalt dw744. I’ve been to the shop/show room there. they are clean machines.

Only catch, better have a pickup or trailer. You also have to have a way off. they are showroom models.

They will fire them up for you and let your look.

I’m taking one of the cast iron’s don’t take both ;p

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#4 posted 02-28-2014 04:34 AM

I see your up north 60 miles… If your serious about it, it’s a nice saw with table mounted truns… I’m working on the same dw744 after demo’ing the saw it’s a night and day difference. The first impression when starting up the SC on their show room was the noise and vibration… zero vibration and I can talk to someone while the saw is on.

bring money and a truck.

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#5 posted 02-28-2014 04:42 AM

Thanks PLK,

I plan on looking into the models tomorrow, they are all a little more than I wanted to spend, but like you I also have a DW744 which is a good saw, but not really fitting well for my small shop – it is an excellent saw for roughing and I am sure even trim work, but when I get 4/4 hard maple, bubinga etc… it tends to not do as well and the small top and light weight while great when portability is needed I have found less than great in my shop environment. I think the steel city place is about 2 1/2 hours away so not horrible if I decide to go that route, just thought I would share that ad in case others might find it useful.

-- --Tom - Saint Francis, WI

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#6 posted 02-28-2014 04:54 AM

I share your thoughts on the dw744, great saw for portability etc. It’s not a shop saw. I have mine on a dewalt portable base in my shop and as I progress further into finer cuts it’s lacking on power. The SC discounts on their floor models are well worth the ride down..

I have a tiny shop but if you make your way down here for a saw let me know and I can help you load one up.

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#7 posted 02-28-2014 10:16 AM

The 35950 has a better fence, full enclosure. The 35990C is a decent saw, but the fence isn’t great….still a reasonable buy at $620. The 35990G is has the granite top…also a good buy at $500 if you like the granite.

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