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Forum topic by Cozmo35 posted 05-04-2010 10:11 PM 1343 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2010 10:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

I saw a “Steel City Bandsaw” online. Has anyone ever heard of this brand or have one? What can you tell me about it?

Also, I want any advice on purchasing a band saw with a 12” Resawing Capacity. Any suggestions, comments or smart arse remarks? :-) All are welcome. Take your best shot…..

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#1 posted 05-04-2010 10:36 PM

Yeah, I’ve heard of them. Never worked with one, though I have seen them at trade shows. I’ve heard good and bad from them. Check the tool reviews here. I know people have done a few.

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#2 posted 05-04-2010 10:58 PM

I am shopping for a band saw too. I have looked at this one but now I’m really interested in the rikon 14” deluxe.

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#3 posted 05-04-2010 11:04 PM

Don’t hear much about Steel City.
I know I have a Grizzly that has matching features to their 18” model.
Grizzly band saw
I love mine and resaw all of my wood with it.
The price on Grizzly is a bit less too, you can save some money.


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#4 posted 05-04-2010 11:48 PM

I was band saw shopping recently and finally settled on a 14’ Shop Fox. It had all the features I wanted, cast iron wheels, ball bearing guides, tension release lever, a really good fence, a heavy solid enclosed cabinet base, and a miter guide. Once setup (on a band saw this is really fun, and for every blade too!) I can set a dime on edge on the table while it is running and it will stay there and not move. This is a very smooth running saw. So far 1hp is enough power for me. Of course I grew up with my Dad, shop teachers and collage woodworking prof (who was 74) beating into my head that you adjust the rate of feed to the power on hand. I read on some forum that the Shop fax is Grizzly’s store brand, but looking at the Jet manual it looks like a Jet. I got the riser block so I could resaw up to 12”, but if you are going do this on a regularly I’d go a bigger saw.

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#5 posted 05-05-2010 01:27 AM

I have a Steal City 18” BS , I love the thing . They make great equipment back by a 5 year guarantee. I would buy anything Steal City in a heartbeat , CS is great too . I purchased my saw used from a friend , he had some problems with the motor , turned out to be a switch rely or something such as . SC sent him out a new motor which I have as well , they did n’t ask for the old back .

If the price is right buy it . On a side note the Rikon 14” deluxe is a real nice saw for the money , that has one inch more resaw capacity then my 18” saw but less HP . Lotsa great reviews on Grizzly BS’s too .

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#6 posted 05-05-2010 02:13 AM

I was told that Steel City was started by some renegade Jet engineers who set up manufacturing in (where else) China. A local Woodcraft employee also told me they were going through a real rough time during the economic meltdown and couldn’t fill orders reliably, but I notice WC is still carrying their stuff. Their 13” Thickness planer is a direct copy of the Ridgid, except for the color, and has a helical cutterhead. I’ve heard nothing but good comments on their equipment, but the company may be a little shakey financially.

-- Gene T

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#7 posted 05-05-2010 02:53 PM

In general, I am a Grizzly fan and often recommend Grizzly products but I have a reservation about Grizzly bandsaws. 18” is a common bandsaw size. Grizzly offers a 17” and a 19”. I fear this could really limit your options for replacing your tires. Most aftermarket tire makers do not offer 17” or 19” tires.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 05-05-2010 03:05 PM

they seem to have good products except for a few bad apples. their Bandsaw seems to get good reviews… but they seem to be having some difficulties delivering their goods in the past year or so, maybe it’s getting better… worth checking it out. they do have a responsive CS which is good as well.

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