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Forum topic by pete79 posted 04-10-2011 02:03 AM 5688 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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pete79

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04-10-2011 02:03 AM

Hey everyone. I’m looking at getting one of the two following table saws:

1. General 50-220R
2. Grizzly G0713

I did some digging and both get good reviews, and seem pretty similar except that the General is a cabinet hybrid, and the Grizzly is a contractor style. Both are among the only three saws that I can find that meet my current power requirements (Sawstop is the other, but it’s out of my price range). So i’m curious more what everyone thinks of the quality of these two saws and how they’d serve a hobbyist woodworker? Thanks in advance for replies.

Pete

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#1 posted 04-10-2011 01:25 PM

One of the main differences between these brands is the retail approach….Grizzly is mail order, GI has a dealer network. If you’re willing to be your own middle man, Grizzly tends to offer more savings, but there’s nothing wrong with a good dealer either. GI has a longer warranty too. I don’t think you’ll find significant quality differences between the too, but they are different designs.

With that said, the GI offers 3 fence options…the least expensive is an aluminum t-square fence which does not give me the impression that it’s a top notch fence. The General T-fence is excellent if that’s the one you’re looking at.

Have you ruled out the Griz G0715P?

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#2 posted 04-10-2011 03:37 PM

The Grizzly G0713 does not seem to be a good comparison to the general 50-220R. The general is just a better saw. One big difference is that the general has a riving knife which is a must have safety feature on any new saw in my opinion. as knotscott pointed out there are other grizzly options which would present a better comparison to the general. Grizzly’s are of course easy to price but it took me a few minutes to find someone giving prices for the general saw over the internet. One company was selling it for 1600 and another was selling it marked down to 1100. I am not sure what price you were quoted but in that range you can upgrade to a full grizzly cabinet saw or go after one of the Steel City saws. Either option has 2hp+ motors so power should not be an issue.

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#3 posted 04-10-2011 04:09 PM

I got the G0715P and had this exact same question in my mind about the general. I was comparing it against the 50-200R, so it isn’t quite the same as what you are trying to do. I didn’t like the fence on the general, so that is why I went with the Grizzly, oh and the price was much better too.

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#4 posted 04-10-2011 04:42 PM

go with grizzly ,you wont be sorry. they have the best support group if you ever need it . I have 11 of their major tools and no.12 is ordered. I have never ben sorry about buying grizzly.
Chuck

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#5 posted 04-10-2011 05:06 PM

My wife just bought me the General 50-200R for my birthday. Yes, I said it, my wife. She knows that I’ve been wanting one for a while. So she did a ton of research and read reviews and she pulled the trigger on it. I was extremely scared at first because I wasn’t expecting it at all and knowing she spent about $1000 on a saw I really didn’t know anything about was a little nerve racking. The packing/crating was MINT! Not a single issue with it at all. Everything was packed tight in the boxes and was perfect. Took about 3 hours or so to set it up, the only issue I ran into was the extensions on the table not fitting totally flush with the top. Being the extensions were very heavy I had my wife come down and help me fiddle with them and I eventually got it perfect. The saw screams, it really cuts everything I put at it without bogging down. The fence is awesome! No play at all in it, slides very nice and is very accurate. Overall the construction is very heavy duty and very well put together! The only thing that I saw that I kind of was disappointed at was there was a little green over spray on the top when I got it but I clean it up. I’m going to complete a full review on this but I wanted to use it for a month or so before I really put things together on a review. I am confident in saying that you would be extremely happy with this saw! If you have any questions or need some photos or video of it let me know cause I’d be more then happy to help you out!

-- Kevin - Rochester, NY

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Pyamed

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#6 posted 04-10-2011 05:08 PM

O ya, one other thing. My wife bought the saw at Woodcrafters which I was surprised knowing her ability to hunt down deals but she said their pricing was cheaper then a lot of places she looked and they are local here in Rochester.

-- Kevin - Rochester, NY

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Manitario

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#7 posted 04-10-2011 05:34 PM

I have the General 50-240GT, which is almost identical to the 50-200, with exception of the granite top. I love the saw, it is solid and well built with plenty of power. The fence is smooth and accurate. Overall, I’d buy the saw again in a heartbeat.

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#8 posted 04-10-2011 07:55 PM

Rob – I was under the impression that the GI 50-240GT has cabinet mounted trunnions, and that the 50-220R does not. Did I get it wrong?

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Pop

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#9 posted 04-10-2011 09:52 PM

I have the GI contractor’s saw. When I bought it it was the only contractor’s saw with a 2 hp. motor. I sold this little saw as fast as I could get them in the store. Good price – Great saw.

Pop

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Manitario

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#10 posted 04-10-2011 10:12 PM

knotscott; my mistake, you’re correct the 50-240 has cabinet mounted trunnions whereas the 50-220 are not.

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#11 posted 04-10-2011 10:24 PM

The G0713 does come with a riving knife. Maybe you should look at the G0715P. It’s a 10” hybrid with a 2 HP motor. Actually listed for less than the G0713 (unless the prices have changed since their 2011 book came out.
- JJ

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#12 posted 04-11-2011 04:50 PM

I too have a General 50-240GT and its a very well made saw. I have only had it a couple months but once I set it up its smooth, quite and accurate….

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