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Forum topic by Don K. posted 04-27-2009 08:53 AM 1983 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don K.

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04-27-2009 08:53 AM

A friend and fellow woodworker just came across a new Steel city Cabinet saw with a 52 inch cut. He said it is normally a $1600 saw, but is on clearance for $900. It is not a demo but is new still in the box. He asked me if I thought it was a good deal and good saw. I told him that I just ordered a Steel City Mortising machine, but really did not have a clue as to how good they are or how dependable they are. So I told him I could get get some honest answers on LJ’s if anyone had one.

So has anyone had/used or own a Steel city saw, and if so, what do you think ??

Thanks

-- Don S.E. OK


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#1 posted 04-27-2009 02:30 PM

I have a Steel City planer for 18 months and really enjoy it. I have had no problems.

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#2 posted 04-27-2009 02:35 PM

I have the 14 inch bandsaw. I added the 6 inch riser block. It has 1.5 hp and a granite table (don’t start on that one) and I absolutely love it. Quality equipment. I don’t think you could go wrong with much of their stuff. Jury is still out on that solid granite 12 inch lathe, however. Nice and solid and the price was right.
I would love to have one of their granite cabinet saws but its not in the cards for a while. This looks like a good deal on a TS for your friend.

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#3 posted 04-27-2009 03:02 PM

What model number is the table saw ?

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#4 posted 04-27-2009 03:57 PM

I have the 3hp cabinet saw and love it!

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#5 posted 04-27-2009 04:15 PM

Thanks guys,
My friend just gave me the specs/model # in a e-mail …
it is a 35630B. 10” Deluxe Titanium top, right tilt, 50” fence, 3 hp, 1 ph.

I tried to search for some reviews, but have so far found nothing. It is obviously a discontinued model as Steel City does not even show it anymore on the web site. So I don’t know if the salesman was pulling his leg at the ”$1600” original price or not. I do think any decent “New” cabinet saw would be worth $900…..but with knowing absolutly nothing about this saw, I didn’t want to tell my friend it was a good deal.

I do know he can get a new Grizzly with a riving knife for just about $200 more…..but again, I know nothing about Steel city tools. For all I know this could be the deal of the century….or a big lemon.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#6 posted 04-27-2009 04:29 PM

I had seen that saw earlier in my searches for a new saw. $1600 sounds about right for it new. I’m not sure how good their customer service is as I haven’t had any problems with my saw! I’ve had it for 5 months and use it several times a week.

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#7 posted 04-27-2009 04:35 PM

Pickles,
So I take it over all your pretty happy with yours ?? No regrets etc etc etc ?

-- Don S.E. OK

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#8 posted 04-27-2009 04:43 PM

absolutely, mine has the granite top which i love. I use it as a granite plate to sharpen chisels and plane blades with sandpaper. I’m not sure what fence this saw has but I have a 52” fence with UHMW faces and a foot on the back side that rides on the back fence rail. I think its better than the Biesemeyer I had on my delta contractor saw previously.

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#9 posted 04-27-2009 04:49 PM

I have the hybrid model, 1.75 hp , left tilt. Love it. They had two hybrid models, mine and one with a 3 hp motor. The trunnions are smaller on the hybrid models. Tell your friend he may want to check and make sure all the parts are there, fence included, before he pays for it. If everything is there, sounds like a good deal. I’d but it. Just my 2 cents.

-- Rick

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#10 posted 04-27-2009 04:49 PM

The reason I asked for a model number is, that Steel City labels some of their tablesaws as Cabinet saws, they aren’t the traditional industrial Cabinet saws, they are a light duty cabinet saw, or a Hybrid table saw. The Steel City Deluxe Cabinet saws that are 3 hp on up, are built more like a traditional industrial Cabinet saw. I’d say your friend got a heck of a deal, I’d pick the Steel City over a Grizzly, I’d pick the Titanium coated top over the Granite top also. Sounds like a great deal on a real nice saw. Nice score.

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#11 posted 04-27-2009 04:59 PM

Thanks Guys, I will tell him.
Woodchuck, while reading old reviews on LJ’s I came across your post about this last night. So I take it this in your opinion is a true “cabinet” saw ? And if you don’t mind me asking, why would you prefer the S/C over a Grizzly ?

rickf16,
The guy who has this is a dealer (http://www.marksmachinery.net ), he said it is all new, still in the boxes and has never been opened with full warranty.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#12 posted 04-27-2009 05:05 PM

A 52inch cut sorry what does that mean???? Alistair

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#13 posted 04-27-2009 05:21 PM

Yep, I think it’s built like a traditional industrial cabinet saw. I don’t get too excited about Grizzly tools, although I do think they sell alot, and I have a edge sander thats been ok, and I had a 2hp dc thats was good, maybe it’s that ugly green that I don’t like and they kind of strike me as the Harbor Frieght of woodworking tools, plus the riveing knife isn’t a deal breaker to me. Steel City, I like the color and the fact that there is some past Delta knowledge there. I’m kind of a big Delta/Rockwell fan, they go back to the roots of American woodworking.

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#14 posted 04-27-2009 05:25 PM

SCOTSMAN, a 52” rip capacity fence.

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#15 posted 04-27-2009 05:26 PM

Sorry Scotsman, should have said a 52 inch rip/capacity to the right of the blade.

-- Don S.E. OK

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