|Forum topic by mcg1990||posted 01-28-2015 09:56 PM||5988 views||0 times favorited||18 replies|
01-28-2015 09:56 PM
After weeks of researching I finally settled on getting the 40200H/40300H helical head bench top planer from Steel City, but then found it had recently been discontinued.
I called up Woodcraft Supply and the gent there said that apparently there were quarrels between SC and the manufacturer in China who have decided to go private and build it – or something similar – themselves. So Woodcraft are soon to be stocking a Rikon that is from the same factory, and with a similar head I think.
Then I called Steel City, and the assistant there said nothing of the split from the factory, but did tell me that they’re in the final stages of a replacement helical head planer – Model #40305H – and they’ll be available from online retailers come the beginning of March. She also said the cutter head is of a new design and features two rows of cutters for a better finish, so my guess is that it’ll more closely mimic the Shelix heads with two rows resembling the double helix of DNA. RRP is due to be $549.
Now, this may not be news, but earlier I did google extensively to find out WHY Steel City felt the need to deprive me of what I’d spent so long deciding I wanted. So perhaps others were in the same boat.
I was this close to giving up and buying a Dewalt 735 before learning all this, but now I think I’ll wait at least ‘til some more info comes out. Not that a DW735 is a downgrade – in fact it might even be an upgrade – but something about this SC model really appeals to me. ‘Til then I can get by using a jointer for most of my projects.