MsDebbieP's Company Tours #11: Steel City Tool Works (Part II)

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 09-29-2007 10:00 PM 2253 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today, Rick and I attended the Woodstock Wood Show and had the pleasure of meeting Jim McEntee, Vice President of Steel City Tool Works.. (See Part I of the interview with Jim)

At the wood show, Jim introduced me to Terry Ross, Sales Manager for the Ontario Region, and David Campagna, Sales Manager for Eastern Canada Region.

Steel City Tools

After some discussion about LumberJocks and what we are up to, we talked about the new products that will soon be introduced by Steel City. (for example: the jointer with the granite fence, as mentioned in part I of the interview).

I then asked about the carbide blades, as requested by IowaWoodcrafter in another discussion.

I hope I have this information correct: The carbide steel blade is much tougher and will last longer than the High Speed Steel. But, the HSS blades are more precise and give a cleaner finish. Selecting which blade to use, depends on what type of work you will primarily be doing with the machine.

The jointer that we looked at had a spiral blade (carbide inserts) as opposed to a straight blade. Going for the expensive carbide blades can add another $500 to the cost of the machine and takes a long time to set it up.

Rick attended a demonstration on jointers and planers and the presenter (a cabinet maker by trade) prefers the HSS blade over the carbide. He says that most people (hobbyists etc) sharpen their blades once a year but he sharpens his once a week.

Thanks again to Jim, and to Terry and David, who made me feel right at home at the Steel City booth, wearing my beaver hat and red plaid coat!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 09-30-2007 01:45 AM

Steel City is supposed to be at the Edmonton Show this year. I’m looking forward to perusing their lineup. Thanks for the report, Debbie. How was the show, overall?

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 09-30-2007 01:46 AM

it was really good. Lots of displays and company reps to talk to.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 09-30-2007 02:22 PM

Ms Debbie – you are a hoot! You kill me with the beaver hat and the plaid. I had to take a minute smiling at the picture before i could even read the blog. You are just too cool!

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#4 posted 09-30-2007 03:41 PM

cool? It was HOT….. the day turned out to be gorgeous, the rooms were full of people, and that hat and coat were HOT !!

but it was fun.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 10-01-2007 01:10 AM

So much fun. Did you see any of the tools with Granite tops? Wondering if they had a bandsaw they were showing off.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 10-01-2007 03:19 PM

October .. they will have one at the show in Toronto. Rick and i will be there as well and I’ll be sure to get a picture.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 10-01-2007 03:47 PM

Great Visit Debbie. Thanks for the report.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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