Has anyone ever used the Steel City products? I live in Ontario
Canada and am looking to purchase some equiptment for a wood class I
run. I like the fact that it has a 5 year warrenty but I have never
used their products.
I've got their 17" drill press, my oldest has their 6" jointer and their 15"
planer. We both think they're a better bet in fit, finish and machining
than the other big two. Features and price are very competitive as well.
You should stick with General (not General International). That big
red maple leaf on the side will make you happy every time you turn on
the lights. The tool will make you happy every time you throw the
Steel City is nice (run by a bunch of old Delta guys), but they're
still off shore produced--the General stuff (not G-I) is home grown in
The made-in-Canada General is really nice, but they're also fairly
expensive and don't always get you all that much more. I bought a GI
table saw--I wanted the General one but couldn't justify spending almost
60% more for hobby use. Their 8" jointer is more than twice the cost of
an import, their bandsaw (while nice) costs as much as an Italian one
with three times the power, and they're all old designs...at some point
they're going to need to wake up and revamp their lineup.
To the OP...I've got the steel city 18" bandsaw. The table was out of
flat and needed replacing (but so was the table on the GI tablesaw, so
it's not just Steel City). They shipped me out a replacement table
which was acceptable. I also did some surgery on the blade guard to
allow me to change wide blades without removing the guard. Other than
that the saw has been fine.
I almost bought the Steel City 8" industrial jointer, but ended up with
a King because it had a magnetic switch, was $150 cheaper, and their
pricing was more honest. Also, there is a King dealer in town.
(Steel City's Canadian list price started out $900 higher than the US
list, but rebates and "sale" prices reduced it by $950 and got it down
within $250 of the US price....why not just have real list prices to
start with instead of artificially inflating them?)
I've got a Steel City 16" bandsaw. It is one of the best built 16"
bandsaws I've seen, especially at its price, well made and nicely
designed, two cast iron trunnions, and generally put together nicely.
Not much assembly...table, fence, light. The light is decent, the
table is excellent, overall I'm more than pleased.
You're right. I'd buy General (not General International), but price is an
issue and one has to decide if the extra bucks for General is worth it. I
think so, but some don't. And along the same lines, as I've just been
informed, Festool is not available in Canada. (thinking about the Festool
Domino) and wondering the best way to get one up here to Toronto or even if
I just purchased my first Table Saw and it was a Steel City. I am very
impressed with the quality of the product. It took a little while to
setup, but when I got it together finally, I was cutting wood like it
The industrial fence is a dream and is dead on accurate. I am now in the
market for a new jointer and am thinking about going Steel City again.
The drill press, without the laser.
Like it. Used the hell out of it a few months ago drilling about a
hundred precision holes for my granddaughter's cradle (sorry JT). It
made a long job a lot easier. I know I could get by with a 3 1/2 inch
spindle travel but having six inches let me go a lot longer between
setups. Even used the spindle lock.
Have their 10" hybrid cabinet saw, couldn't be happier. Cabinet
mounted truninons. Clean castings, good fit and finnish (powder
Easy alignment adjustments (love the set screws in the extension
wings, beats the crap out of juggling shimms).
Runnout is minimal, top is flat, and they use the same size throat
plates as the deltas (3 3/4" X 13 3/8" X 1/2")
Biesemeyer type fence with heavy steal rails, adjustable for toe
in/out, and perpendicular to the table top. HMWPE slabs for fence
faces. (only had to shim one at one end).
Now all I have to do is figure out what to do with the steel crate it
Holy Cow!!! That would be one heavy tree stand. You'd need a bigger
tractor just to get it out into the woods. So... what did your FIL ever say
to John Deere when they told him he was required to send those shipping
crates back to them? They charge a pretty hefty fee if those aren't
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