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Forum topic by mcase posted 04-11-2012 04:37 AM 3881 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2012 04:37 AM

In the general LJ interest: I’ve seen a number of posts lately about sliding table saws. Some of the draw backs mentioned were cost, lack of availability, oversize blades, oversize arbors, oversize footprints, three phase motors, and lack of dado capacity. Well I came across this General International Scoring Table Saw with Sliding Table, 10”, “50-560-M1” and it seems like the perfect machine for the North American user. General never seems good at getting the word out. So let me give you the overall picture. I’ve seen this selling for about $4,700.00! not bad IMO. Its a ten inch 5/8” arbor machine with a single phase three horse motor. It has a big 55” cross cut capacity and a 50” rip capacity. It also has a scoring motor and blade which personally I could care less about, but hey its there if want it. It also has a 3/4” dadoing capacity which I care very much about. Looks like the machine for many of us Jocks that want to switch to a slider without all the Euro dimension problems. Anyway, I honestly haven’t seen any feed back on this machine yet, but if I wasn’t already invested in an Sawstop ICS, I would sure be looking at this baby.

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#1 posted 04-11-2012 04:47 AM

Many 3ph saws on the market don’t sell to small shops or hobbiest. It seems one could buy a Saw stop for about the same money. I don’t have a need for a slider so I guess it’s not for me ,but there are folks out there that it might be just what they want . I’m sorry to disagree or maybe I’m missing your point.

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#2 posted 04-11-2012 07:00 AM

Sliding tables start at around $600 (Excaliber through Woodcraft).
A 5 HP Unisaw 240v single phase with 52” fence $3200.
A 5 HP Powermatic 240v single phase w/ 52” fence $3600.
Seems the general may be a little high IMO.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#3 posted 04-11-2012 07:08 AM

It’s a format saw. The format style makes a big difference in the
experience of using a slider… It’s a very different feel from using
an outboard sliding table attachment, more accurate, less prone
to deflection or user-induced errors and generally less prone to
getting knocked out of whack. The General Int. is a little spendy
for an Asian made slider with those specs. Fit and finish is where
the value is with sliders though. They may be sourcing it from

As a point of comparison, Powermatic has been putting its label
on Belgian Robland sliders for years, though they don’t make one
as compact as the General. There isn’t a big selection of small
format saws available in the states as yet. There are lots of them
in Europe.

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#4 posted 04-11-2012 12:20 PM

I will say this: I don’t have any experience will General woodworking machines. However, I have visited the IWF woodworking show in Atlanta ever since it came to Atlanta and I love to go to Generals booth. I like the way their machinery is built and have developed a high opinion of their line of machinery. We used to have an Altendorf sliding table saw and I wish that we still had it. When we went to automatic panel saws we sold it. I like sliding table saws and there are lots of things that you can do with them that are harder with a regular table saw.


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#5 posted 04-11-2012 02:50 PM

Start making a lot of projects out of edge banded melamine and I suspect you’ll come to appreciate that scoring blade.

I like the fact that the scoring blade has it’s own dedicated motor.

I have zero personal time on sliding table saws…. but years ago, before we bought our first programable panel saw in our crating dept at work, my boss picked up a slider similar to this one at auction….

and for whatever reason, the guys hated it.

I think these saws take some getting used to.

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#6 posted 04-11-2012 03:57 PM


Yeah I know its a must for melamine. I never use any or have a call to, but I hear the scorer makes a huge difference.

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