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"Like everyone else, woodworkers have ...
"Like everyone else, woodworkers have been forced to deal with tough economic times," said Scott Box, Steel City's president.
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'We are constantly looking for ways to improve our products,' Scott Box, Steel City Vice President/General Manager, said.'This is a step in the right direction, by offering an alternative that our woodworking customers have been asking for.'
First, there was Scott Box in ...
First, there was Scott Box in the General International booth.
Box is the former president of Powermatic and a founder of Steel City Tool Works.
He's parted ways with Steel City and is the U.S. operation's manager for General, overseeing the development of the Canadian manufacturer's first U.S.-based warehouse and distribution center (see story, Page 10).
Woodshop News | Article | Steel City Tool Works to debut line at IWF
"Obviously we're going to have a media campaign out there to tell the public that, although we are the new kids on the block, there are years of experience and we're backing it with a five-year warranty, we're so sure about it," said Scott Box, general manager of Steel City."But I think it's going to fall back to word of mouth and what [our] distributors can do."Box is joined by Mark Strahler, company president, and four other partners.Box and Strahler first met while working at Rockwell-Delta in 1979.Box was in charge of product development at Delta before heading up the Powermatic Division of the WMH Tool Group.Strahler most recently worked for Orion International, a tool and machinery company in Pittsburgh that he helped establish in 2000.
Products from Steel City Tool Works will not be found in big box stores.They will be sold through a network of 75 to 85 distributors in the United States and Canada.
"In my opinion, the biggest selling feature is the sliding table itself," said Scott Box, Powermatic's director of product development."It features an anodized aluminum table top, but it also rides on hardened ground rods.There are four rods on each side - two on the table and two on the beam that the table rides on - and a carriage with 38 ball bearings.It works like a full extension drawer slide.You can loosen these rods and rotate them."Now that's giving you a brand new surface every time.The longevity is really here on this saw."
But early customer feedback has focused on the saws' durable construction, according to Box
"What surprised me was the number of people who came to the show in Atlanta and opened up the back of the saw looking for concrete," he
said."This is solid steel.The top is cast iron, but the body is all welded steel."
The HPS67 has a rip capacity of 50", powered by a three-phase, 5-hp main motor and a 3/4-hp scoring motor.It lists for $7,000.
"One of the biggest features is an extended warranty," added Box
."When a customer purchases one of these saws and has it installed by us or a qualified technician, the customer gets a certificate for an extended one year on the warranty.That's a great feature for our customer.Powermatic's
going to back it and take care of it for them."
Contact: WMH Tool Group
, Industrial Woodworking Machinery Division, 427 Sanford Road, LaVergne, TN 37086.Tel: 800-248-0144. http://www.powermatic.com/