|Review by JoeMcGlynn||posted 10-08-2013 02:24 PM||4472 views||0 times favorited||23 comments|
The MSRP on this saw is $7,500, most online retailers sell it for somewhere around $5,000. I bought mine new through a auction at a local store where this was a floor model for about what you would spend on a standard Grizzly cabinet saw – which I wish I’d done instead. This saw is poorly engineered and dangerous.
You can overcome many of the problems with the saw by adding your own work-arounds and aftermarket accessories, but it seems absurd that you should have to. I’d recommend avoiding this saw. Buy a SawStop instead (heck, you could buy TWO SawStops for the pice of this)
1. The sliding rip fence deflects easily, causing the blade to bind. Light finger pressure on the rip fence will deflect it visibly, moderate finger pressure (one finger) will easily deflect it .030”. This is more than enough to stall the motor when ripping 8/4 stock, not to mention getting uneven and burned rip cuts.
2. Dust collection is poor
3. Adjustment of the sliding table and rip fence is very fussy and it tends to go out of alignment over time.
4. The miter bar on the sliding table will not hold it’s setting at all. Adding a larger clamping washer helps, but a slight bump while using will easily knock it out of alignment
5. To use a dado stack you have to install a spacer bar in the table, and move the sliding table 1” to the left. The problem is that the regular table insert for the normal blade no longer is safe, and General doesn’t provide a proper table insert for the standard rip/crosscut and scoring blade… so you now have a big gap next to the blade which causes small part to drop into the table, rip cuts to hang and kick back, etc.
6. The scoring blade can be adjusted so that it is aligned with the main blade, but it isn’t the same thickness as any aftermarket blade I’ve found. So you’ll get a clean cut on one edge, and the opposite edge will have a step. Plan on buying a new scoring blade to match whatever blade you use for sheet goods. Oh, and your new $6,000 saw doesn’t include a main blade by the way.
7. When mine arrived it was missing a load of parts. The parts guy at General was very nice and sent me the missing parts, but it took months to get them all. I’d be willing to write this off to mine being a showroom floor model, but I was told by General that this is a common complaint.
8. It’s a small point, but worth mentioning. The right side extension table is sheetmetal, and it’s not flat. It’s bowed, and there is absolutely no way to get it truly flat to the surface of the saw. In practice it’s not usually a big deal, but it’s frustrating. If you need to cross cut a sheet of plywood it will keep your cut from being perpendicular. Of course, if you are using the scoring blade you probably already have that problem as it leaves a stepped cut with most blades.
9. Overall, the build quality of the machine is average, but there were several obvious problems. The adjusters for the sliding table don’t clear the sides so you have to grind them to be able to adjust the table when installing the dado extension kit. The screws provided for several parts were the wrong length and had to be replaced. Pretty much what you would expect with a cheap imported tool, except this is an EXPENSIVE imported tool.
Save yourself a lot of money and grief, get pretty much any other table saw on the market. I sent my complaints to General via email, I called several times. I didn’t get ANY response from General.