Anyone owns or have worked with a General 50-200R M1 table saw?

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05-31-2011 02:52 PM


I’m looking at buying my first “real” table saw. My budget could go as high as 1500$ but I have a 1000$ gift card at Home Hardware (Canada) so that reduces the choices to what they can get.

I know they can get Delta/Porter Cable and General. For Delta, it seems le cheapest cabinet saw is over 2600$. After researching a lot, I found that the General 50-200R M1 is in the right price range and could be ordered from Home Hardware. I’ve been looking around but it doesn’t seem very popular since there are just a couple of forum entries about it on the intertubes.

Does anyone here own one?

Any advice?


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#1 posted 05-31-2011 04:12 PM

I own a General 350R-T50 Canadian made. Its an exceptional saw, very well built and dead on accurate. I don’t know where the 50-200R fits in on the General line. But from what I see I wouldnt hesitate to buy another.
Have you looked at Craigs List? I bought mine used for $1200 CDN about a year ago and it is in perfect condition.

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 04:14 PM

I’ve spend a lot of time on kijiji but not on craigslist… I’m going to take a look and see what I can get. It seems every other ad in there is a scam…

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#3 posted 05-31-2011 04:42 PM

There are some owners of that saw here, but the folks at are likely to be more familiar with it. FWIW, the 50-200R is from the General International line, which are mainly imports from Taiwan….still nice equipment and is the same reputable company, but not built to the same level as the Canadian made General line.

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 05:31 PM

I have a General 50-240; it is a great machine- solid and dependable. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another TS from General.

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#5 posted 06-15-2011 02:13 AM

I’ve just bought a 50-200 about three months ago. I was really torn between the Sawstop and the General. Each have features in their favour; two things decided me 1) it is a Canadian company and 2) it was about a third of the cost of the SawStop. I thought long and hard about that, but those two things decided me. I’ve read good things here about General, they had Generals at the College where I was taking evening courses and the fellow teaching spoke quite highly of General.

I’ve not had a chance to put it through its paces (the flooding here will end one day!) but it is solid, the blade was square to the slots and the blade truly perpendicular to the table. I assembled it by myself and had little trouble, its a bit heavy to move if you are alone but I managed without hurting myself.

If you are close to the Brandon, Mb. area PM me and you can take a look at my saw.

I hope to work with it for a while and then post a review.

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#6 posted 06-15-2011 03:21 AM

I have had the 50-200 since Christmas. I both love it and hate it. I love it coming from a $100 Mastercraft saw. I hate it because I can measure the imperfections in it. Imperfections only being +/- 0.002”.

In everyday use, it’s great. The fence is solid and easy to work with, it’s nice and sturdy and there is 30” to the right of the blade.

The 50-200 is about the bottom end of the the General International line. But you could go up the the $3000 range and get very little more the the great increase in $$$$$$$, this is another reason I love it.

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#7 posted 06-15-2011 04:22 AM

I have one as well, it is a great saw for the money!

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#8 posted 06-15-2011 03:32 PM

I am set on buying the Steel City 35975. I called them and I can have it delivered to my door for 150$. I think it<s going to be like 700$ more than the General but I feel like this is a better saw.

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