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Forum topic by jerkylips posted 09-23-2018 11:16 PM 380 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jerkylips

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09-23-2018 11:16 PM

I found a saw on CL that looks pretty nice but I’m not sure it’s it would be worth it. It’s a General 2hp cabinet saw. I currently have a Ridgid contractor saw (3650) which had served me well. The seller says he’d take 700. I’m just not sure it is enough of an upgrade to be worth it. My saw is 1.5hp be this one being 2.

My gut says not worth it, but looking for opinions.


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syenefarmer

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#1 posted 09-23-2018 11:26 PM

$700 is an awful lot to pay for 1/2 of a horse power. The fence/rail system would also be a little better than the one on your 3650 but not that much. IMO, go with your gut.

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#2 posted 09-24-2018 01:24 AM

The General saw I’m dead sure has a better fence. I used to own a 3650. Getting the fence locked in parallel with the blade and miter slots is quite difficult, since it’s not a t-square fence system. It locks in the front and rear, and it can easily work itself out of parallel seemingly on its own.

That said, $700 is a lot for a relatively dated saw. I’d probably keep looking unless it comes with some compelling extras, such as top-quality blades, a router extension, or something else like that.

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#3 posted 09-24-2018 02:19 AM

The General was a very good saw, depending on year, as after they became international, quality seemed to decrease. Depends on shape of course but I’m thinking $500 max unless like new. Was actually looking at Generals when I came across my USA Delta, $500 and not fully assembled yet. God Bless estate sales.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 09-24-2018 02:30 AM

Whether it’s worth $700 and whether it’s worth an upgrade are two different questions.

1) Is it worth $700?

Could be. But that depends on age, condition, whether the accessories are included, and what your general market looks like. I can say that for Western PA, that would be on the mid to low end of the range for cabinet saws.

2) Is it worth the upgrade?

That all depends on why you’re thinking of upgrading. Power/torque is only one small piece of the puzzle. Better fence, less vibration, better dust collection, smaller footprint, cabinet mounted trunions…these are all reasons people buy/upgrade to a cabinet saw over a contractor. They’re also true whether it’s 2hp or 3-phase 7.5 hp.

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 09-24-2018 03:07 AM

If it’s 2Hp I would think it’s a hybrid, not a true cab saw like a Uni, A PM 66, or my venerable old General 350, which was Canadian made. If it wears the designation Intl. it’s made in China, so your best indicator for market will be checking new, and used Grizzly hybrids. I think used around here it could easily be getting you an older Griz.

Here is Griz's current 2 hp hybrid Note the Griz, most all the others I am aware of, just not sure on the General Chinese tools is they are 2 Hp, and can run on 110, or 220. Typically you are looking at a “look” for guys who want a cab saw, but don’t have the wallet. They are hardly heavier duty than a contractor saw, they just have their trunions hung like a cab saw, but usually on much lighter trunions.

Obviously markets differ, but around here it isn’t uncommon to see used Griz 1023’s for near that money, so I would say a resounding NO to 700 bux. I’m not sure I would go 500. I love my Canadian made 350, but I’ve never heard a good word about their Chinese Intl. line.

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EdDantes

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#6 posted 09-24-2018 10:21 AM

Not sure what model the OP is looking at, but General International did make a true cabinet saw with a 2hp motor. And if it is this model which originally retailed for ~$1250, I think ~$700 is “fair” assuming everything is in good condition and included. Not a great deal, but not unreasonable. Also probably not a deal that would motivate me to buy if what I had is working well already.

https://www.woodmagazine.com/review/saws/tablesaws/stationary-tablesaws/general-international-50-200r-m1-tablesaw

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jerkylips

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#7 posted 09-24-2018 01:42 PM



Not sure what model the OP is looking at, but General International did make a true cabinet saw with a 2hp motor. And if it is this model which originally retailed for ~$1250, I think ~$700 is “fair” assuming everything is in good condition and included. Not a great deal, but not unreasonable. Also probably not a deal that would motivate me to buy if what I had is working well already.

https://www.woodmagazine.com/review/saws/tablesaws/stationary-tablesaws/general-international-50-200r-m1-tablesaw

- EdDantes


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#8 posted 09-24-2018 02:19 PM

I have that General International saw and like it a lot – although I’ve never owned a 3 hp cabinet saw to compare it to. If the $700 is in Canadian dollars and it has the better fence system (it was sold with 2 different fences) I think it’s a decent deal. If it’s a US price and has the regular fence the price is a bit high.
And of course you wouldn’t be paying $700 for a half horsepower, given that I assume you’d sell the Ridgid.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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