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athomas5009

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07-09-2015 11:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

This Sunday I have a good chance of sealing one of those GLOATS you only read about and almost make you upset that they never happen to you.

Well the other day while conducting what seems to be my never ending search for a good deal on an aftermarket fence for my Cman 113, I stumbled upon an AD for a General TS 150$. I figured it was worth a look because Generals usually have decent stock fences. The AD stated a 4yo 10” GI cabinet saw for 150$. Semi stunned by the AD I talked with the seller and got the scoop. According to the seller it’s in good condition, with moderate/light use. The specific model is the general international 50 240 gt m1, a 2hp granite top cabinet saw with all the modern bells and whistles. The only catch is that it has motor/capacitor issues so worst case scienero I pop in a new motor which I already have laying around the shop and I’ve got a quality cabinet saw with a tsquare style fence. I’m supposed to inspect the saw Sunday so with a little luck I should have a good saw with a solid fence

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.


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#1 posted 07-09-2015 11:13 PM

You better hope no one gets to him and buys it out from under you!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#2 posted 07-09-2015 11:29 PM

Yup, sounds like a gloat worthy deal….
Pictures will be mandatory, for verification purposes….
And for an official “YOU SUCK!!!” ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 07-10-2015 01:33 AM

Could be awesome…..just make sure that the motor’s not proprietary, or you could be in for a total motor rebuild. Good luck!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#4 posted 07-10-2015 12:00 PM

From the phone conversations in had with the seller I got the impression that I don’t have a lot of competition ATM. He’s been in New York working for the past week so i hope my intuitions are correct.

I did a little research and it does look like some of the general saws have a non standard so if it’s one of those models that could be a prob I need to work out. So it could be a simple swap out, might have to order or fabricate a mounting bracket or just have the motor repaired. But if it goes that rout I talked with a repair shop and the would give it a once over and diagnose for 20$ and said he couldn’t see any repair being more than 200$.

Either way it still sounds like a good find if everything else is sound. So either it’s a simple swap out and a cab saw for less than 200$, a swap out with some fab and help from father in law/machinest or I spend another 200 for the repair. So worst case i figure 500$ for the saw which is still a pretty good deal.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#5 posted 07-10-2015 12:40 PM

Maybe no one wants it because of the top. There are two kinds of granite topped saws – cracked, and yet to be cracked.

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#6 posted 07-18-2015 01:43 AM

Alrite boys well “the eagle has landed” I took possession on the saw and dropped it off in my driveway about an hour ago. Hands down the smoothest CL transaction I’ve ever made.

I decided to hold off on any updates until I got her home. I didn’t want to jynx the whole thing.

Everything was exactly as listed not a missing part or scratch, just motor troubles. To top things off it came with 2 ZCIs and the seller took it apart for me and was waiting out back to help me load it. (Fine with me because I checked it out Thursday AM).

The best 150$ I’ve ever spent and the CL whale every aspiring Woodworker on a budget deserves once in their life

I know pictures are on their way before nItes end.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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athomas5009

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#7 posted 07-18-2015 03:33 AM

Alright guys here are some snap shots. The 1st three are of my disassembled saw the last is of what an assembled one lookes like.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#8 posted 07-18-2015 10:58 AM

The really sick part of this is if you can get 100 bucks for the Cman, you’re out a whopping $50 for this saw…....

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#9 posted 07-18-2015 12:07 PM

Wow….major upgrade. Nice fence. Congrats!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#10 posted 07-18-2015 12:14 PM

Unbelieveable. Can you troubleshoot the start/run capacitors yourself and save the cost of a motor?

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#11 posted 07-18-2015 12:25 PM

NICE! congrats and enjoy.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#12 posted 07-18-2015 12:34 PM

That is very true. If I waited for the right customer I could prob squeeze 150-200 out of it with the PALS, machine pulleys and new arbor I just installed in the spring. But honestly the Cman served me well and I’d feel bad just kicking her to the curb. I’ll probably use the Cman for a dedicated dado saw and make a nice little station about 8’ long with my cabinet saw, contractor saw and a connected router table. This way I can handle large sheet goods easier and can justify the larger foot print because it will also add storage and another flat work surface to assemble on and what not.

Some people don’t care for the granite top but honestly I’m looking forward to no rust and less waxing. Plus I still sharpen scary sharp style and this helps me avoid lugging out my slab of granite. I can just use the saw top and clean it up with a little MS when done. A hobbiest or small pro woodworker should never have issues breaking then granite top unless they are really careless / abusive. In a large shop or production setting possibly but even then I have my doubts.

I worked in a large / production cabinet shop over the winter and I never recall such abuse. The worste it got was letting 1 1/2 mdf fall hard occasionally because you were expected to load and cut full sheets without help most of the time.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#13 posted 07-18-2015 11:43 PM

Amazing news guys!!! Tonight I was having a beer in the garage waiting for my wife to finish getting ready. Well something said just plug in the saw and see what happens. I was only hoping for some noise but low and behold it started right up. I almost shit myself!!!!!!

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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