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Forum topic by cso posted 1051 days ago 2082 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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cso

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1051 days ago

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 1051 days ago

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

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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cso

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#2 posted 1050 days ago

Where did you get that deal?

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#3 posted 1050 days ago

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.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#4 posted 1050 days ago

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

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#5 posted 1050 days ago

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!

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

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#6 posted 1050 days ago

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

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cso

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#7 posted 1037 days ago

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

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Bertha

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#8 posted 1037 days ago

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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