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Forum topic by Steve posted 12-10-2012 09:15 PM 1943 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-10-2012 09:15 PM

Anyone familiar with the General Canada cabinet saw Model # 650R-ST52-M2M, with the Excalibur sliding fence system? It is a great looking saw, I just looked at it this morning. The list price is $4100.00 CDN on sale for $2999.99 and I can get a further 10% off that price, making it around $2700.00.

I heard rumors that General Canada may stop production of this saw, and would like to buy one while I still can. Most other power tools I have are General International, 17” bandsaw, 14” bandsaw, 6”X108” vertical edge sander, Oscilating spindle sander, extended stroke drill press.

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#1 posted 12-10-2012 09:49 PM

8 or 9 years ago, Wood Mag rated it #1 over the Uni, PM66, Jet Xacta, Grizzly G1023SL, Shop Fox, and possibly another one or two. It’s always been a very highly regarded saw….old school, built like a tank, etc.

I have heard that General was going to discontinue most of their Canadian made tools. It’s been a dream saw of mine for a long time.

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#2 posted 12-10-2012 09:56 PM

I would say this. I have always attended the Atlanta Woodworking Show (IWF) ever since they’ve been coming to Atlanta and always stopped by General to gawk at their machines. I think they make nice machinery. I have also heard that they are stopping production. I hope it ain’t so. :-(

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#3 posted 12-10-2012 09:56 PM

The factory in Canada is shut down. From what I understand they have enough parts to build or supply saws for 5 or 10 years.

I also have had General and General International tools for years, some of the best made in my opinion.
The 650 has been one of their best saws. I also have the Excalibur sliding table, and would not part with it.

If your sale price is actually $2700 with the table, that is a steal, and if I did not have two saws already, would likely buy one myself!

All the Best!

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#4 posted 12-10-2012 10:22 PM

General was building old-school equipment from day-one; that’s probably why they can’t compete with the cheap stuff PM, Delta, and others now manufacture. It is as if the major companies banded together and agreed to lower the quality.

That said, General was often chided for their dust collection, but never their essential performance.

My recommendation is to check on country of manufacture; then buy what you can & need from the Canadian stuff.

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#5 posted 12-12-2012 05:49 AM

General has built rock solid stuff for a long time, but they seem slow to adopt new ideas and their prices are pretty darn high. Used to be the Canuck buck was a lot less than the US dollar so General could still look OK price wise in the USA. But not these days. Yet another North American manufacturer tanks. Kinda sad.

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#6 posted 12-12-2012 02:26 PM

Thanks guys, took those comments as a thumbs up and went down yesterday and paid for that saw, should have it in my shop within 2 to 3 weeks.

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