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Forum topic by pauljuilleret posted 04-11-2015 09:09 AM 2197 views 1 time favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2015 09:09 AM

Just saw in a woodworker’s Journal survey they were doing that as of 3 31 2015 Steel City has shut it’s doors. understood some in Canadian outfit was moving everything up there but it kinda sounded like it was not going back into production any time soon if ever. I feel for those that have their products as it didn’t say that any support for the products was being offered by the manufacturer guess they are just passing any thing back to the dealers to handle. hope it isn’t true but when someone like woodworker’s journal says it I’m afraid it must be.

wish all the luck possible to those who have any of their equipment.


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#1 posted 04-11-2015 02:09 PM

I tried buying a table saw from them about 4 years ago, it was evident they had major issues on multiple levels after speaking with them a few times. Best bet I was told was to drive to Bolingbrook as they had some discounted floor models.

I imagine some interchangeable parts for some of their tools as many of the models are similar to other brands offerings.

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#2 posted 04-14-2015 01:55 AM

I wonder what will come of the 40305H helical head benchtop planer that was due to be on the shelves approximately, err, now.

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#3 posted 04-14-2015 02:16 AM

Paul, good catch and post. Steelheads will be sad. Anyone catch my very subtle humor?

☆☆☆ for the post.
☆☆☆☆☆ for the humor.

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#4 posted 04-14-2015 02:35 AM

I love my Steel City TS and BS. I am a bit concerned about replacement parts, if I ever need any. I spoke with the distributor that I purchased from and was told that General International bought them out and was moving them up to Canada. Of course this could mean that they may never go back into production. I hope not. I have been pleased with my purchases.

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#5 posted 04-14-2015 03:14 AM

Not really surprised by the news, I needed a small bandsaw while waiting to buy something bigger and picked up their 10” model. I wasn’t expecting a lot and still ended up with something worse. It couldn’t even track a 3/8” blade, the lower wheel was just too far out of alignment and no amount of adjusting could fix the problem, from conversation it didn’t seem to be an rare issue. Rather then them dealing with it as a defect it had to go back through amazon as a return. Obviously I didn’t try anything bigger from them.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#6 posted 04-14-2015 12:40 PM

As a dealer, from what we have been told, there is no indication that SC products will be back in production. It’s possible they will be, I suppose, but no signs pointing that direction.

There is a company taking over parts and service. The old Steel City customer service number (888-304-8840) is being switched to that company (I haven’t had any official notification of who it is) and should be active and in service soon, if it’s not already.

I’m very disappointed they didn’t make it, they were a good company to deal with. Like a lot of smaller companies, they sometimes had supply issues and a lot of the products were entry level, but overall they provided good quality equipment at reasonable prices. (Russ, I agree that their bandsaws had issues, but the table saws, planers and other tools we sold were generally good) We sold quite a few tools to customers that wouldn’t have been able to afford most other alternatives, but were able to get a Steel City so they could do woodworking.

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#7 posted 04-14-2015 01:18 PM

Rats. I put off getting some replacement parts for my mortiser, never a good approach. Will have to make it a point to call that number, JayT, and get the two parts on order this week. Thanks for the detail.

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#8 posted 04-14-2015 03:11 PM

They have had or there Chinese supplier had copyright issues, they had to stop selling some of their some of their bandsaws because of it. At least that is what someone who worked there told me. The bandsaw that Ridgid now sells is almost identical to what SC had to stop selling.

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#9 posted 04-14-2015 03:20 PM

I’ve got one of their fences on my Unisaw. It works like a champ. It was the cheapest Besimeyer clone I could find.
I wonder if Delta is next to go under…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#10 posted 04-14-2015 05:56 PM

Looks pricey for being no more in existence. But what do I know.

http://www.amazon.com/Steel-City-Tool-Works-35955/dp/B00A5U1X3S

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#11 posted 04-14-2015 06:14 PM

I have that saw, in the 50” version. It’s a good saw but a pain to get set up. I still don’t have it how I think it should be.
I am looking for something that I can do some more upgrades to such as add a sliding table saw attachment which is rather difficult to modify a piece of granite to accept.


Looks pricey for being no more in existence. But what do I know.

http://www.amazon.com/Steel-City-Tool-Works-35955/dp/B00A5U1X3S

- ohtimberwolf


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#12 posted 04-15-2015 01:25 AM

Granite ? I didn’t see that in the ad. In fact I looked again and they don’t mention the word granite so they must be saying it in some obscure way. Amazing!

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#13 posted 04-15-2015 02:00 AM

I’ve got one of their dust collectors. I really like it so I guess I hope it never breaks.

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#14 posted 04-15-2015 02:47 AM



I ve got one of their fences on my Unisaw. It works like a champ. It was the cheapest Besimeyer clone I could find.
I wonder if Delta is next to go under…

- Gentile


I’ve been wondering the same. Their offerings have slimmed down quite a bit. When the new management took over they advertised several tools that never seemed to make production and availability seems reduced.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#15 posted 04-15-2015 03:21 AM

You’re right, the reason I mentioned granite is because the photo is the granite top saw and the price is inline with what I paid for mine so I just looked at it and didn’t pore through the descriptions.

Love your subtle sense of sarcasm btw…


Granite ? I didn t see that in the ad. In fact I looked again and they don t mention the word granite so they must be saying it in some obscure way. Amazing!

- ohtimberwolf


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