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Forum topic by mcg1990 posted 01-28-2015 09:56 PM 5690 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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.


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#1 posted 01-28-2015 10:29 PM

I was in woodcraft the other day and saw the steel city planer, It to me looks to be the same as the Harbor Freight planer or very similar??

-- John, New Jersey

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#2 posted 01-28-2015 10:36 PM

I’m thinking it’s the segmented cutterhead (with carbide inserts if you bought from Highland Woodworking) for about the same price as a straight-knife DW735 that appeals to you…how far off am I?

-- Ask an expert or be the expert - http://woodworking.stackexchange.com

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mcg1990

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#3 posted 01-28-2015 10:44 PM

Case101: I’m a tool newbie so I could be way off, but aesthetically sure all benchtop planers look the same (apart from the 735), but it has had great reviews as being quiet and providing a smooth finish. Probably up there as being the best bench top planer on the market.

Rob: You got it. It’s wrong that I’m so excited for the new model to come out. Others may get this excited over a refurbed Oliver that can joint boards 2 miles wide, but in my price range this is all I can get a buzz over!

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#4 posted 01-29-2015 02:19 AM

I was about 5 minutes away from pulling the trigger on purchasing this planer, but I’m now intrigued to wait until early march.

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#5 posted 01-29-2015 03:42 AM

Bought it w weeks ago. 399$ CAN. Works well, relatively quiet.
I knew it was discontinued – was happy to pay lower price.
At 399$, risk is allow…
Steel City offers decent support.
Me too can’t stand the big yellow wart.

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#6 posted 01-29-2015 03:49 AM

Where did you find it for $399?

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#7 posted 01-29-2015 05:14 AM

It was the last one at Normand in Montréal.

I would have preferred the 40200H, but they sold the last one an hour before I called them….

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#8 posted 03-02-2015 10:32 PM

So I too am just as excited about the SC 40305. Seems to be a perfect match for my budget and what I want. If I could afford to I would look at the 735 and install the aftermarket helical head, but now i’m spending as much as a Jet with a Helical Head included!

FYI No news if you go direct to SC Customer Service yet, however we know it’s coming check it out, a leaked one from Taiwan. When I asked SC about it a month or so ago they mentioned they expected 2 speed, which looks to be confirmed based on this auction.

http://goods.ruten.com.tw/item/show?21501161282290

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#9 posted 03-02-2015 10:46 PM

I spoke to SC this afternoon. They are honoring pre orders right now. There is a strike at the port where they come in, so there is a 1-2 week delay. MSRP is $549 US.

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mcg1990

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#10 posted 03-03-2015 02:38 AM

Hmm, the carriage lock looks a bit wimpy. I’ll have to wait for an English manual!

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#11 posted 03-03-2015 05:26 PM

Seamus, who did you talk to about a Pre-Order?! The Customer Service rep I have been communicating with said “No News” Even when I asked about how I would be able to purchase, or who they would be shipping to for re-sale. I’m all about getting on a Pre-Order list. If it’s anything like the 40302 it’ll be a decent machine.

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#12 posted 03-03-2015 05:28 PM

It was a woman That had just answered when I called their customer service number.

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#13 posted 05-21-2015 07:46 PM

Folks,

Due to a rift between owners, SC split from the original manufacturer of the 40100, 40300H and 40200H planers. The 40305H, if it ever made it to the US but most likely shipped to Canada since someone up there bought the assets, was built by someone else.

The factory that made the original portables has already shipped a batch of 40100, 40300h and 40200h due to arrive here in the states in June. They will be sold online direct to the consumer via their website under their own CUTECH label. (There is also a possibility of a low cost 40100H in the works.)

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#14 posted 07-15-2015 12:01 PM

As mentioned, the factory that made the portable planers has now gone direct under their own Cutech Tool label. Their website is up and running.

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#15 posted 07-30-2015 10:40 PM

Thanks MCTTS. I only just noticed.. I’d probably check them out, but I bought the DW734 about a month ago. Probably a good thing really – I wouldn’t bet on lasting support or customer service if Cutech is just a quick set-up to ship the units they had sitting around.

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