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Anybody have a General international 90-125 M1 14" BS? Or a PWBS 14CS?

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Forum topic by TheWoodRaccoon posted 01-13-2016 12:55 PM 1179 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TheWoodRaccoon

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01-13-2016 12:55 PM

(If you know me, your’e probably thinking: “Didn’t this kid just get a Delta 14” saw? Why is he asking about other saws?” A good question. I’m having a problem with it. I took off the upper wheel of my Delta to try and find the source of some wobble, which turned out to be a large crack running across four spokes of the wheeel. I contacted the seller, who is getting back to me, hopefully with a solution. Meanwhile, i think its a good idea to start the search for a new one now just in case things can’t be fixed. No need to “jump on the bandwagon”, nor is there a need for one to exist. I really don’t want to hear “shouldn’t have bought that DElta” or anything like that. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it! I’d appreciate it)

Does anybody have a General International 90-125 M1 14” bandsaw? It seems like a quality machine, with lots of great features, for a good price. (A little cheaper than a PM) But i couldnt find any reviews or much of anything on it online. It has a riser block option (i’m aware of the “downsides” of having a riser on a cast iron 14”), it has a really high quality fence, quick release tensioner, ball bearing guides….....While all those features sound great, i want to hear some real feedback from owners of this saw, the little things that arent mentioned in the brochure. Like, are there any inherent flaws in the design? What are some of the neat things about it? What does this saw lack etc. http://www.general.ca/products/1_general/90_bandsaw/90-125.html

I would also look at the PWBS-14cs, if anybody can tell me more about that too, or any similiar bandsaw with really nice features. Thanks!

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ste6168

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#1 posted 01-13-2016 02:50 PM

I seem to remember you having a height constraint… What is it?

The Laguna 14/12 is currently on sale at Rockler, $987.30 + shipping.: http://www.rockler.com/laguna-1412-14-bandsaw?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=&utm_content=pla&utm_campaign=PL&sid=V9146&gclid=CPLv4YKDp8oCFdgHgQodHckChQ

The Rikon 10-325 is currently on sale at Highland Woodworking, $699 + shipping: http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/rikon-14-deluxe-bandsaw.aspx

and then there is always the tried and true (and cheapest, typically) Grizzly G0555LX, $555 + shipping: http://www.grizzly.com/products/14-Deluxe-Bandsaw/G0555LX

I don’t have any experience with the General, but all 3 of those saws are pretty well proven, well regarded saws, in their size range. I personally have the 10-325. While it is a great saw, and I have no complaints whatsoever, I will probably step up to a 17” saw when I get a larger shop. Good luck with the Delta!

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#2 posted 01-13-2016 03:19 PM

Why not just replace the wheel.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 01-13-2016 04:46 PM

+1 to what Bruce said. I’m not fully understanding why you would want to spend a significant amount of money for a clone of what you already have, when you could just fix it for under $100.

Cheers,
Brad

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#4 posted 01-13-2016 08:17 PM



+1 to what Bruce said. I m not fully understanding why you would want to spend a significant amount of money for a clone of what you already have, when you could just fix it for under $100.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

I haven’t seen any replacements available. At least not the same exact one thats on my saw. I’ve only found spare wheels from other much older Delta 14 inch saws. Unless those might work? Either way, the seller is going to replace it, so it all comes down to what he finds.

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#5 posted 01-14-2016 03:58 AM

I have the General International, its a great saw. I do not need a riser as I have a larger General Bandsaw with which I can cut stock 12” thick, I use this one for resawing.

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#6 posted 01-14-2016 12:41 PM



I have the General International, its a great saw. I do not need a riser as I have a larger General Bandsaw with which I can cut stock 12” thick, I use this one for resawing.

- Steve

What do you like in particular, and what do you dislike about it? May I ask where you got it and what you paid?

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