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06-22-2012 11:09 AM

Does anyone know anything about the General 50-200R? WC has them on sale and I’m looking. They only have 2 so I need to know pretty quick about them. Any alignment issues etc Looks just like a grizz 690.

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#1 posted 06-22-2012 05:20 PM

I guess it better be a good one. I just bought it at WC for 899.00

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#2 posted 06-22-2012 05:33 PM

Don’t know the details of the saw itself, but I understand General International is closing out many General tools and laying off people in the Canadian factory.

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#3 posted 06-22-2012 05:34 PM

Howie, congrats on your new saw!!!

I had seen this model in WC a while back, or at least I think it was the same one. Saw itself looked to be of sturdy construction.

The floor model’s fence did not seem as sturdy as I would have liked, but that can often be the case with display models.

Is yours a cast iron top??

You will definitely like a saw that has cabinet mounted trunnions. Makes alignment adjustments sooo much easier.


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#4 posted 06-22-2012 08:07 PM

I think you got a diamond of a deal.
That saw is more than twice as good as the others in that price range; IMHO.

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#5 posted 06-22-2012 08:47 PM

Recently, I saw where they were going to close a Plant… in Quebec or Ontario… don’t remember which.

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#6 posted 06-22-2012 09:16 PM

WC is closing them out. This saw was made in Taiwan. It’s going to replace my 3650 Ridgid. Nothing wrong with the 3650 except I decided I wanted a cabinet saw. I’m going to sell the saw and my Ridgid joiner. Since I got a LS-25 Incra for my router table a year and a half ago I haven’t used the joiner. I’d had been really thinking about a Griss 691 but I couldn’t pass this one up. Hope I’m not sorry.

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#7 posted 06-22-2012 09:38 PM

The 50-200R is essentially a hybrid saw with a 2hp motor. It has very little in common with the G0690, which is a full 3hp industrial style cabinet saw that weighs ~ 321# vs 542#. The 50-200R does have cabinet mounted trunnions though, but they’re not the big yoke style type that span from corner to corner….they bolt through the middle of the cabinet strut more like those on the PCB270TS. For clarification it’s from the General “International” line, not to be confused with their Canadian made General line, which as mentioned is largely being phased out (bummer…). My experience with GI has been excellent….family owned business, not a conglomerate that’s been owned by 8 different parent comanies.

The fence is the possibly it’s weakest link, though I’m sure it’ll be functional….from a glance it looks like a steel t-square design, but the actual t-square assembly isn’t a single welded piece like most that we equate with that design. Might even have an aluminum fence tube.

I’ve haven’t read any issues with alignment, and since it’s a different design than the 21833, R4512, G715P that have had many reports, hopefully you’ll be fine. With a good blade and good alignment you should be all set. Enjoy!

Here’s the parts diagram….part #43 shows the trunnion bracket:

Here’s the fence diagram:

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#8 posted 06-23-2012 12:15 AM

Thanks for the input knotscott. I was hoping you would jump in here. You always seem to be up to date on TS’s.
I was aware that the fence wasn’t a strong point but I can live with it(or replace it)
I was looking at the 691 and probably would have ordered one later in the fall, but this came along and I felt like for the price I couldn’t pass it up. I saved about 600 bucks overall.
I haven’t even unpacked it yet. I have to make some room in my shop. I looked at the one in the showroom and it had a square fence. One thing I think I want to do is put a teflon face on the fence.(???) I also anticipate having to build all new sleds and jigs because of the slots.(I needed an excuse anyway)

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#9 posted 06-23-2012 12:44 PM

I think you did real well on this purchase Howie, and I did the same thing a few months back.

Nothing was wrong with my R4511 either, I just wanted a cabinet saw so I bought one.

I put a Delta T-2 on my R4511 and if your fence does not prove to be satisfactory to you, that would be a real nice but inexpensive upgrade.Once on my R4511 I never had to adjust it after the first set up. A very smooth fence for the money.

2hp to me, is an ideal amount of power for a hobbyists’ table saw. Enough power for most of the hardwoods one might use without being overkill.

I hope the saw sets up well for you right out of the box. Just take your time before you mount your wings to get the alignment right and then bolt it up and have at it!!

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#10 posted 06-23-2012 10:46 PM

Been putting this puppy together today and so far so good. I have to change my 220 socket tomorrow and I’m good to go. I’ve checked the runout etc and right on the money. Only thing so far is (was) a slight edge on the wings. A little 600 and that was that.
I’m going to put my 3650 on CL next week and I will say I’ll be sad to see it go. It’s been a good machine since day one.
Kids and their toys. Forty years ago it was cars…this is a whole bunch cheaper <g>

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