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Forum topic by tommytenspeed posted 07-20-2010 03:02 PM 1176 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-20-2010 03:02 PM

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I am considering upgrading my Craftsman table saw. I am currently looking at several General International models. Can anyone give me any advise as to their quality and reputation?

Also, these models come with an Excalibur fence system. How does Excalibur compare to Biesemeyer?

Thanks in advance for your help.


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#1 posted 07-20-2010 05:31 PM

General International is the import branch of the Canadian owned General Mfg. It’s a very reputable family owned business. AFAIK, the GI saws are made in Taiwan. Each case is unique, but GI products typically compete head to head with Grizzly, Shop Fox, Steel City, some Delta imports, some PM imports, Rikon, etc.

It’s my understanding that General actually manufactured the Biesemeyer fence for Biesemeyer at one time, and retained the rights to sell a very similar fence under their own name, which they still offer on some of their saws. There are now many copies/variations of the Biese fence on the market….General’s, HTC, Jet Exacta II, PM Accu-fence, Shop Fox Classic, Steel City, etc….most are very good fences. Sorry, but I’m not familiar at all with the Excaliber fence.

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#2 posted 07-20-2010 05:59 PM

While I know nothing about this particular fence or saw, I’d say if your serious about this saw, call up the local Woodcraft, see if they have it, and go take a look…even if it is a two hour drive. This way you can actually see how the fence works and feels, check to see how straight it is, how adjustment works, etc. They might even let you test it out.

However, I guess that it is possible that their floor models are not quite out-of-the-box and represent the better end of the production spectrum, but it will give you a great way to judge your decision. I live in Philly and will drive to the Delaware location an hour away if I’m debating buying a set of Chisels from Woodcraft. Physicality just helps me make decisions.

Cheers, and best of luck on a new saw!

-- -Shaun M. Baer,

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