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Forum topic by Steve posted 06-28-2015 02:36 AM 999 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-28-2015 02:36 AM

Sept 3rd. of 2014 I ordered a 10” General International helical head jointer, June 25th. of 2015 it finally arrived, thats 9.5 months long enough to add another kid to my collection that is if the wife was willing. Anyway it travelled from Taiwan to Vancouver by ship, then overland to Montreal by train, then from Montreal to Prince George by truck. After all this it made its way into my shop with no damage, which is unbelievable. It looks like a fairly well built machine and after only 20 min I had the fence and tables set up with my 50” Veritas straight edge. Everything in my shop apart from my Dewalt planer and Hegner scrollsaw is General or General International, of which I have 15 items. I am very happy that I did not need this jointer right away as I still have a regular job. Once I get everything connected to my dust collection system and running I will post reviews of all of the tools which I have.

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#1 posted 06-28-2015 10:17 AM

Steve, that looks like a beauty. You must be ecstatic to finally have it in your shop. Enjoy!!

-- Art

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#2 posted 06-28-2015 11:39 AM

WOW 9.5 months! That is a long wait. I would say that they waited till they got an order to make the machine, but I can’t imagine it taking that long to refine the steal to bar stock, machine the parts and assemble them.

I have read posts that say Grizzly has the same problem, so I wonder if this problem of a long delivery schedule is common throughout the entire industry? Anyone know if Jet, Powermatic, etc. have the same long delay?

The jointer looks good and I am sure you will enjoy it for many years to come.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 06-28-2015 12:58 PM

That’s a nice looking jointer. It looks like it was well worth the wait. Congratulations on the new arrival.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 06-28-2015 05:23 PM

Nice! That thing looks like a beast! After you get it dialed in, it should go thru lumber like warm butter!

And just a thought, but perhaps General doesn’t sell near as many of the 10” as they do the 8” or 6” machines. So they dont keep them in stock until someone orders one. I also think Grizzly does the same thing based on how long the wait would be for their newest model lathe they introduced the first of this year. I didn’t have the patience to wait 4 or 5 months so I opted for another model because it was in stock and I received it in just under a week.

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#5 posted 06-28-2015 06:47 PM

You are to be congratulated on 2 counts, your patience…and that jointer, of course. Looks awesome!

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#6 posted 06-28-2015 09:43 PM

So what did the wife say?

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#7 posted 06-28-2015 09:55 PM

You my friend, are a very patient man. I know I would have cancelled that order a long time ago and tried to find something else. Glad its all there now Steve! Enjoy


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#8 posted 06-28-2015 11:34 PM

Nonetheless that is a very impressive tool. Use it in good health. I envy you, I’m stuck with a crappy old Sears POS for the time being.

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