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    New Line of Benchtop Tools Save Space and Cost Less

    The biggest hurdle for anyone coming into woodworking is the cost involved in getting a functional workshop up and running. The folks at Steel City Tools however, are rolling out a line of economical benchtop machinery suitable for the demands of the home hobbyist. I was able to catch a glimpse of some of the new releases, under the company’s new “Blue Line” at the recent AWFS tradeshow in Las Vegas. Here are a few of the highlights.

    My favorite is the 10-in. bandsaw (model 50110). At just $260, it offers 6-in. of resaw capacity under the guides (that’s for turning a board on its edge in order to saw it into thinner slices).
    A new benchtop jointer-planer combination machine also holds promise. Although it’s not available yet, it promises to tackle most of the milling and dimensioning required by any small shop, and at around $400, it’s a real bargain.
    A new benchtop drill press comes in at $360 and features a big motor with a 3-1/4-in. stroke and variable speeds that can be controlled via a digital readout that also displays depth. Although the table is small, and designed more for metalworking, it’s simple to craft a larger plywood auxiliary table that will handle just about anything.



























    Other tools in the new Blue Line included a couple of combination benchtop sanders as well as a collapsible, adjustable stand with support wings ($139) able to mount any of these tools.