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    Steel City new Tops

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    Very interesting Aaron. Thanks for the link.


    Any thoughts/ opinions anyone????????????
    Thanks, Mark.

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    I really like the idea. Machinists have been using granite as a reference surface for years. That's what they use to check the tools they use to check the cast iron tops. At 2" thick, it'd add a nice amount of mass. The only downsides I see offhand is that it might be more difficult to drill into for attaching things like power feeders, and magnetic accessories like featherboards would not be workable.

    But as a bonus, I wouldn't have to worry about rust when I store all my wet bowl blanks on the TS.
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    they might be on to something? only time will tell. first impressions are that it`s very hard to change industry, but hobbiests will try most new ideas.
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    Sounds like a pretty good idea. Definatly adds stability and accuracy.

    Vaugh's right..... my Magna-Switch feather boards would be useless on granite.

    ....Gets me thinking.....can you use Johnson's Paste Wax on Granite?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Wright View Post
    Sounds like a pretty good idea. Definatly adds stability and accuracy.

    Vaugh's right..... my Magna-Switch feather boards would be useless on granite.

    ....Gets me thinking.....can you use Johnson's Paste Wax on Granite?
    you can wax darn near anything
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    I really like the idea of using it on the BS tables. I wonder if that means they wouldn't need to have an insert pin to level the two table halves ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Wright View Post

    ....Gets me thinking.....can you use Johnson's Paste Wax on Granite?
    I use Johnson's Paste Wax on my granite plate.
    It looks simply mar….velous!
    They make a cleaning paste specifically for granite that we use in out metrology lab. It makes the granite shine like a mirror. I see a whole new level of anal on the horizon.

    I think Steel City might shake things up with this one.
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    I think SC might be on to something. But, I wonder how the tops will stand up to abuse. Granite's hard...but I've chipped granite counter tops by dropping metal objects on them.

    Time will tell...
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    Its an interesting idea to be sure, but if I ever buy a new saw its going to be one that won't cut a finger off... til then I like them old and cheep.

    Since its quarried in China, there doesn't seem to be much price difference 'tween rock and iron. And it is thick enough that it might not break - aside from the inevitable spot where your neighbor/BIL/child drops an old claw hammer on it and chips it. Awful top heavy though, be a real badboy to move without a lift. On the whole, I think they'll do ok with it, less gimmicky than their gold top coating, and the benifits of stone probably outweigh ( ) the drawbacks.
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