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Forum topic by cso posted 10-16-2011 04:37 AM 2249 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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cso

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10-16-2011 04:37 AM

I think I’m torn between the two. The General retails for $399, the Powermatic for $479 (sans chisels and bits). Only one review out there is by Popular Woodworking, no others. Lots of stuff out there for the Powermatic as it’s been out for a while. This is another link to General’s website for the 75-040 M1. Any opinions/insights are appreciated! Thanks!


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#1 posted 10-16-2011 05:59 AM

I got the Powermatic last month for $450 with four sets of chisels and bits.

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#2 posted 10-16-2011 01:53 PM

Where did you get that deal?

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#3 posted 10-16-2011 03:20 PM

I am not familiar with the General. I have had the PM for a few years and like it a lot. The fence and hold-down are very solid. If you have not done so, it would probably help you decide if you could play with them both in person.

Whatever you decide, my one bit of advice is to get quality chisels. If the chisels that come with the General are like the blades that come with many machines, you will end up replacing them anyway. I did not look at the review you linked to – perhaps this addresses the chisel quality. In a case like this, I prefer to buy the machine without the cutting parts and buy my own as needed for a particular task.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#4 posted 10-16-2011 04:00 PM

I got it at CB Tool & Supply in San Jose, CA

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#5 posted 10-16-2011 04:07 PM

I almost sprung for the PM but went for the JET instead. Had the General been readily available to me (and on my radar), I might have gone with it instead. I don’t own any Canadian Generals, but the one’s I’ve played with (non-mortisers) have been of impressive quality. Good luck!

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#6 posted 10-16-2011 04:26 PM

Powermatic, hands down if you are looking for a dependable machine.

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#7 posted 10-30-2011 03:01 AM

Got the Powermatic at Woodcraft yesterday. First and last mortiser I’ll buy. Hopefully!

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#8 posted 10-30-2011 03:12 AM

Let us know how you like it!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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