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Hello everyone.

I have not done any woodworking for about 25 years and have decided to begin again. I am in the process of setting up my new shop (2 car garage) and have purchased most of the machinery/tools that I need to begin.

I am trying to decide on a bandsaw and have been considering the Steel City 50130 14" Granite Deluxe Bandsaw. Looks like it has lots of features for the price.

I did read the review here on LumberJocks http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/796 but I'm wondering if anyone has any new positive experiences with this saw.

Thanks in advance,
Jim
 

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I think that review speaks volumes. Notice that the author didn't just go on a rant that Steel City sucks. He was very meticulous in his description of the issues that plagued him. That granite wheel seems like a great concept because of all the mass and inertia it brings to the party but how well can they manufacture them to be round?

A few other reviews of Steel City products indicate that they have had problems getting their products to market. Make sure your retailer has that saw ON HAND. Don't put down a deposit and wait for it. Also, this guy isn't the only one to have complaints about their customer service. Many others have too. IMO they are too much of a risk at this point.

Frankly if you compare them with Grizzly, you have to ask yourself, what do you get? I would go for the Grizzly instead. They have a solid reputation of building a quality product for the price and backing it up with outstanding customer service. The owner of the company is an avid woodworker that regularly frequents the WoodNet and Saw Mill Creek forums. He seems to genuinely care about his customers and even gets personally involved if something goes wrong.
 

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I too would go with Grizzly It has super tools and good customer service. 20 years ago Grizzly was a not as good a product as it is now in case you tried them back then. I own 5 different grizzly tools and it would be 6 if I had it to do over on my band saw purchase of a much more expensive brand of band saw That I would say is not any better than Grizzly and twice the money.
 

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Thanks for the info and advice guys. The Grizzly looks nice and I will consider it. I really like to buy large ticket items locally though. I looked at their web site and it appears that you have to order directly from them, or did I miss something?

The other bandsaw that I was looking at locally is the Powermatic PWBS-14CS

Thanks again guys,
Jim
 

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Nothing wrong with the Powermatic. It is a no brainer to pick that over the one from Steel City. However, you'll get a lot more bandsaw FOR LESS MONEY at Grizzly. The 17" G0513 is only $715 + $89 shipping when using the pricing code from Wood Magazine. Don't forget that buying locally also means paying sales tax. That particular 17" bandsaw has gotten rave reviews too.

You can buy over the web, call directly, or through their ebay store. With the ebay store you can get Microsoft Bing.com cash back for a bigger discount (up to $200).

But I can understand wanting to put your hands on the item before buying. My Grandpa was very much the same. He would have never bought a Grizzly for that very reason. I, on the other hand, have bought the G0555 bandsaw, their grinder (the Tormek knockofff) and I just took delivery of a G0604X jointer. I have yet to be disappointed. Look at all the tool reviews on Lumberjocks, the VAST majority are people that are happy with their purchase. But I guess it comes down to what you're comfortable with. Sometimes you've gotta get uncomfortable to get what you want but that's just me talkin'

Man, PapaGrizz should be paying me for this stuff (^_^)
 

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Thanks for the info Rick. I didn't know they had an eBay store and the Bing cash back makes it a little to tempting to pass up. I will check into that.

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Jim,
I have the Steel City granite table 14in bandsaw. It has the cast flywheels, not granite. I have no complaints about mine and I got it at a good price. I added the 6in riser for resawing and have real good luck on the lower speed. I've never used the high speed. It runs smooth and cuts clean. IMO the blade means as much on a bandsaw as the machine itself. I can't recall the brand off the top of my head but it's pretty common.
Any specific questions, you can PM or post on this thread, I'll hit the watch button.
Later, BTKS
 

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I want to thank everyone for your input, it is appreciated. The Grizzly looks like a great saw, but I have decided to buy local.

The main reason for this decision is because I like to support the local community and give my business to the small to medium size stores. I honestly feel that there are way to many brick and mortar small businesses that have been put out of business by internet sales. People visit a local store to see an item "hands on" then run home and buy it over the internet.

With that said I do buy plenty of items online, but major purchases I like to shop and buy in town.

Thanks again,
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That's the way Jim, support your local community!!! I feel the same way, I even try to use the local mom and pop vs the blue box anytime I can. They are both local jobs but the money stays local with mom and pop. Way to go.
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Last week my Steel City 14" Deluxe Band saw Model 50130 arrived this is my second Steel City
Band Saw, that I kept for three years, however I replace it for the 50130 Model because of the
12" throat dept. The only problem I have with the Steel City BS is the "dang" instruction manual
but their Customer Support folks are outstanding, always willing to guide one through any problems
encountered.

I am a wood carver and saw through 8X8" blocks of hardwoods that require sharp and round cuts, sure I can sit
and look for problems in any band saw, after fifty years of my 83 years on earth, I have cut through a block or two of wood.
Oscar
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