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#1 posted 08-27-2012 04:03 PM

The General “International” 50-185M1 (not a Canadian made General) is very similar to the PM64a, which I think is also overpriced at current retail of $1K. I bought one new in 2003….going rate was around $700, and it was one of the better buys back then for an older style contractor saw with the outboard motor, connecting rods, and a traditional splitter….hybrids were’nt very popular then. It’s also very similar to the former Jet, former Griz G0576, Bridgewood, etc. I upgraded from the GI to the Cman 22124 with the Biese fence….the 22124 had cabinet mounted trunnions, very similar fence, full enclosure, 44” of solid cast iron surface, and weighted ~ 425# vs 300# for the GI. Both were good saws with excellent fences, but the 22124 had most of the advantages IME. The GI had a motor rated at 2hp vs the 1.75hp for the 22124, but it was easier to get the alignment dead on with the 22124, plus it had a more efficient drive belt, so the 22124 ended up with slightly better ripping power (IMHO).

The 22114 is pretty similar to the 22124 but with a 3/4 enclosure, lesser fence, and possibly 1/4hp less motor. I don’t think $500 is a terrible price for the GI in nice shape, but it’s not a steal, and I think the 22114 offers a better buy with the fence upgrade (if it’s in good shape….no pic shown on that one).

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