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Solid Jointer

Solid Jointer

11-12-2010 06:43 PM by Manitario | 7 comments »

After several weeks of debate, I decided to go with General International for my jointer. I seriously considered going with Grizzly for a jointer, most of the reviews I’ve read about them are very positive, and it sounds like their customer service is second to none. The deciding factor though was having a General dealer in town, so if anything goes wrong or if I have questions it would be easy to get help. The jointer was a display model, so it was already assembled and cleaned. The ...

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Ok base for price

Ok base for price

10-21-2010 10:20 PM by Manitario | 4 comments »

Bought this yesterday for my TS; was on sale for $65 at my local tool store, regular $95. It took me about 2 hours to assemble, and a lot of fiddling to get it to be the correct size. The instructions are fairly detailed, but neglect to mention to size the base 1/2” larger than the size of the tool you are mounting on it, due to the lip on the stand. So, needless to say, I had it assembled, and my TS precariously balanced to go on the stand when I realized that I had made it too small a...

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First "Real" Table Saw Doesn't Disappoint

First "Real" Table Saw Doesn't Disappoint

10-20-2010 05:39 AM by Manitario | 11 comments »

After outgrowing my $100 Ryobi TS; I decided rather than slightly upgrade, to buy a saw that (hopefully) will last a lifetime. I decided on a granite top TS partly due to the climate I live in; it goes down to -30 in the winter, and I didn’t want my top to warp or rust when I heat my garage. Assembly was relatively pain free; it involved attaching the extension wing, the fence guide bars and the plug; overall about 3h worth of work. The fence needed a very slight adjustment to be parall...

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General International 10-105M1 1.5 hp Dust Collector

General International 10-105M1 1.5 hp Dust Collector

08-25-2010 10:06 PM by Manitario | 10 comments »

I bought this dust collector a few weeks ago after much research into dust collection units. Ideally, I’d loved to have been able to afford the cost (in money and shop space) of a cyclone dust collector, but it wouldn’t have fit into my budget or 13×22’ garage. Initially I was interested in the Delta 50-760 after reading some good reviews, however the owner of the local tool store convinced me that the General was a better unit from what he’d heard from his custom...

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Does anybody have an opinion on this lathe?

Does anybody have an opinion on this lathe?

07-05-2010 09:11 PM by Tom Z | 7 comments »

I am seriuosly considering buying this lathe because of the swivel head stock. It has very similiar features of the DELTA 46-460 and the JET 1220. It is priced higher than both. Is it worth the extra $ ?

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does the job for the price.

does the job for the price.

06-07-2010 04:19 AM by dmoney | 3 comments »

warning just got this today, this is a first look review The Woodsmith Store had this General mobile base on sale for $60, the staff also recommended it. It took me about 15-20 mins to put together, all I needed was a couple wrenches. It’s my first mobile base and I can’t believe I lived without one. Much better than dragging around my Delta contractor table saw. I would have preferred one lever to engage the wheels and move it but stepping on 2 each time isn’t too to...

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agreed!

agreed!

02-07-2010 10:04 PM by bzzzzzt | 4 comments »

I just found this post, curious about the General 90-200 M1 15” saw I read about in Feb. 2010 Woodshop News article about band saws. I’ve owned a 490 since 1985. I bought it knowing I’d need a sturdier, less aggravating tool than my inherited Sears band saw. From day 1 it has been the primary stationary power tool in my shop. I don’t own a table saw, I use the band saw for all cutting. Safer. I’ve been in business as a one-man shop for almost 30 years. I do some ...

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An Excellent DC!

An Excellent DC!

08-01-2009 09:07 PM by Dustmite97 | 10 comments »

Update: At christmas time I upgraded to a 2 micron filter bag. I noticed a big difference and I am very happy now. Because of the upgrade I decided to edit my review. With the 2 micron bag it is exactly the same as the 10-105M model, so I can pretty much call it that one now. in conclusion, I now rate it 5 stars. I have been woodworking since grade five and always had a big problem with dust in the shop. I started reading up on dust collectors and got very interested in them. just this yea...

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new General drill press

new General drill press

04-02-2009 03:01 AM by bern92 | 11 comments »

this was my christmas gift(from me to me). I was looking to buy a drill press for a long time. It’s a nice tool, cast iron head and base and it’s heavy so it’s stable. The motor is 3/4HP and has enough power for me. It is made by General so like all the tools they do it is perfect…..

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General Maxi-Lathe 25-100

General Maxi-Lathe 25-100

11-14-2008 09:24 PM by Chris Wright | 3 comments »

General makes two mid size lathes, the 25-100 and the 25-200. They are almost identical except that the 25-100 has a 1/2 HP motor with 6 speed stacked pulley, compared to the 25-200 having a 3/4 HP variable speed motor and the headstock assemble is capable of rotating for outbound turning. I was lucky enough to have a 25-100 donated to the shop and I’ve enjoyed using it now for the past few months. It is capable of turning small bowls, pens and spindles. I did notice when turning a ...

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