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Forum topic by CVN72 posted 09-22-2018 11:51 PM 339 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CVN72

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09-22-2018 11:51 PM

Hi,

I am looking to possibly upgrade from a GI 50-200R hybrid saw to either a six year old PM2000 in excellent condition with a 50” rip fence for $1500 or a General 350 with a 48” Paralok II fence for 1K. The General is missing the miter gauge, blade guard and saw blade but looks to be in very good condition.

I have a like new 53” Biesemeyer Home Shop fence on the GI that I could move to the 350.

Which would you choose and why?

Thanks.


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Aj2

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#1 posted 09-23-2018 02:17 AM

The General 350 is a better saw if it’s the older one made in Canada. The pm made in China is probably better then what you have.

-- Aj

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Quikenuff

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#2 posted 09-23-2018 04:04 AM

I would choose the saw with a riving knife first, then the saw I know can get replacement parts for if needed. You’re buying used and need to be able to assess what’s wrong with it on the spot and anything you miss, can you get parts to fix it?

I have zero experience with anything General International, but I do have plenty of experience with a PM2000. I’d buy another PM2000 if I ever needed a new table saw.

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AHuxley

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#3 posted 09-23-2018 10:09 AM

The General was indeed made in Canada and the PM2000 was made in Taiwan (none were ever made in China). For some good perspective search the major forums in the 2009-2013 range, there were lots of good and long threads when people were considering buying both new.

The PM2000 is a bigger, heavier more modern saw (though that is a little bit of an oxymoron for a cabinet saw). By the time of the PM2000, new Uni and SS the General had become a dinosaur. The design is simply not as good nor user-friendly as the newer designed saws. One can argue the General is better built but there are a lot of PM2000s in the wild and you just never hear about problems with them. The only pattern issue was the casters disintegrating on the early ones.

Between the two I would personally take the PM2000 simply for the ease of use of the riving knife/blade guard and the larger table. The dust collection is also much better on the PM2000. The other big plus is parts availability. The General was never a high volume saw so the number of parts is fairly low, especially in the US, and the PM2000 is still being built and Powermatic is still around. If you want something like the General (old tech, smaller saw built in NA) look for a PM66 in good shape, it is a better saw and the parts availability is still good. The Delta 12/14 and PM72 are also great options with a larger table bigger blade and often cheaper prices than the smaller Uni and PM66.

Again search the old threads there was lots of discussion when the 350/PM2000/new Uni/SS were all being compared and shopped. The 350 never faired well in the forum comparisons nor magazine shootouts.

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knotscott

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#4 posted 09-23-2018 10:55 AM

AHuxley summed it up well, and shares most of my sentiments about the two.

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