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electricalD

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09-25-2011 05:43 AM

Hi Guys, I am leaning towards a General tablesaw, namely the 50-200R. (I live in Newfoundland Canada, so I am somewhat limited on what I can buy.) Any of you used this particular saw or another General TS that thinks it is a good product. Also, the issue with right or left tilt, I have read reviews and it seems to me that the left tilt is the way to go. Is it a matter of personal preference or other reasons. This will be my first TS, and I would appreciate some feedback on this. Thanks.

Regards,
Dan

-- If there were no God, there would be no atheists, G. K. Chesterton


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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 09-25-2011 05:48 AM

I just bought my 50-200R in March. It was a toss up between this saw and the Sawstop. I chose the 50-200R because it is a great machine and had heard a lot of good things about General saws, even using a few during a couple of wood working classes I took in the fall of 2010.

I’m in Brandon, Mb so I can relate to the lack of tool vendors.

The dust collection on the saw is great, it assembled easily just as the directions stated, its solid as a rock and the trunions will actually free wheel if you spin the handles fast enough…very smooth easy adjustments. I love the sound of it running!

I highly recommend the General.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Manitario

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#2 posted 09-25-2011 06:06 AM

I had a Gen. Int. 50-240 and loved it. It was solid, well made, and cut smoothly. General makes good tools.

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#3 posted 09-25-2011 05:22 PM

6 years? ago I bought and still have a General 50-185 Left Tilt Contractors style saw. It has a 2hp motor and cuts anything I throw at it. I have absolutely no problems with it at all. There are no regrets here…..

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Justin

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#4 posted 09-25-2011 06:59 PM

I also live in NL so I know how limited our options are. I just bought the General 50-200R M1 table saw last month and I am still in the process of getting electrical work done on the garage so i haven’t been able to run it yet but I am very happy with my purchase. Not sure if you knew but Rideout Tools has a General Fall/winter Sale that you might want to look at. Here is the link to their fall/winter sale flyer

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maljr1980

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#5 posted 09-25-2011 07:25 PM

we had a general and a steel city at the old shop i worked at. my current job has 2 saw stops. i think the general was a great saw, very smooth operating. it would bog down cutting a 45 through 2 inch stock. i cant remember if this was a 220v or 3 phase saw. all in all its a good machine, much better than the steel city was.

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jusfine

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#6 posted 09-25-2011 07:56 PM

I have had the same saw for some time, you won’t go wrong with General products.

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electricalD

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#7 posted 09-25-2011 08:41 PM

Hey Mark, Thanks for the info. What I have read about general and the negative things or issues about them was not really much. And yes, the fact of where I live does dictate what I can buy. I could have any saw I want I guess but I will pay dearly for the freight. I appreciate you comments.
Regards,
Dan

-- If there were no God, there would be no atheists, G. K. Chesterton

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electricalD

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#8 posted 09-25-2011 08:43 PM

Thanks Rob, It seems to me that General does make a good quality saw and I have read many reviews that express just that.
Dan

-- If there were no God, there would be no atheists, G. K. Chesterton

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electricalD

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#9 posted 09-25-2011 08:55 PM

Hello Justin, Which part of the island do you live? I am in CBS. I have been at Rideouts many times and just saw the sawstop cabinet saw there for a whopping $4000. They also have 1 general TS there though I never got much of a chance to look at it. I just got my garage up, well it’s my woodworking shop. The 4 walls are in and the sheeting is all done. Next is the shingles. I have seen the flyer many times and I will be going back there when I get home. I have checked other distributors in Ontario and Quebec and from what I saw the prices for that particular saw is pretty much the same, about $1120 CAD. Why don’t you get some pictures of your garage and put yourself on LJ’s map. I just entered mine.

Regards,
Dan

-- If there were no God, there would be no atheists, G. K. Chesterton

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electricalD

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#10 posted 09-25-2011 09:04 PM

Hello Chris, I was giving the 50-185 serious consideration but it is not manufactured anymore. I do not know why but I noticed that it is not listed on General’s web site anymore. I know from a review done by “Fine Woodworking” a few years back it rated top in all three categories. And I have read many great reviews on this saw. I am sure it will serve you well.

Dan

-- If there were no God, there would be no atheists, G. K. Chesterton

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electricalD

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#11 posted 09-25-2011 09:06 PM

Hello CR1, I am looking at their morticer as well and it does receive good reviews.
Dan

-- If there were no God, there would be no atheists, G. K. Chesterton

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Justin

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#12 posted 09-25-2011 09:37 PM

I live in corner brook. Just finished taking the cabinet making course in port aux basque and they had a sawstop, would of bought a one when i was looking at saws if it wasn’t for the price. I’ve never put any pictures of the garage yet because i am pretty much just getting it started up. Have to get some electrical work done so i can start using my table saw.

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bravozulu

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#13 posted 09-26-2011 03:40 AM

I had the Canadian-made General 350T saw. That’s a right tilt. We pay more in the US than you do for General equipment, but the materials and workmanship were superior.

It came with the Taiwan-made sliding table. It turned out it was too much saw for my needs and I sold it after two years, with little use on it. Sliding tablesaws are destined for production work, and I’m a hobbyist. It simply had too big a footprint in my shop. 11’ 6” from the end of the extension table to the end of the sliding mechanism. Sort of like parking an aircraft carrier in your shop, if you get my drift.

Mine had the 5hp Baldor motor.

The saw I replaced it with is a used Swiss Inca. The multi-face rip fence is far superior to the Biesemeyer on the General. And I won’t have another 10” bladed saw in my shop. I have to slice through 4×4 timbers too often. And the Inca has a dust shroud surrounding the blade underneath the table and also dust collection from the top. I believe some of the newer models of General International products offer those features. No matter what is said, General is a superior brand and can only be bested by European equipment costing more than 2x the price.

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vernonator

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#14 posted 09-26-2011 04:05 PM

I have a General Int’l 50-240GT cabinet saw (1.75hp left tilt, granite top) and it is a workhorse. Very smooth, quite, came with a very hvy duty bies style fence and the granite top is DEAD flat. Plenty of power to cut thru 8/4 hard maple with a WWII blade and not bog at all.

IME – the General is a great saw for the money….

Mark

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