Grizzly G0651 or General 650R-50T ?

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Forum topic by zclear posted 09-19-2008 01:09 AM 6707 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2008 01:09 AM

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I was wondering if anyone has experience with either the Grizzly G0651 or the General 650R-50T tablesaws. I’m considering buying one of these and can’t find any head-to-head reviews, probably because they’re both new. Both are 3HP 1-phase cabinet saws with riving knives. The General costs about $1000 more. In older machines I’ve always heard that Grizzly is “good for the money” and the Canadian-made General products are top rated- but I’m not sure exactly how the difference would effect me and if it’s worth the extra money.

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#1 posted 09-19-2008 03:03 AM

The Grizzly looks like an upgrade to the G1023SLX which I own. If I was making the purchase, I’d buy the Grizzly.
General makes some good equipment but I’m not sure I spend the extra on it. It I was going to spend extra I’d get a saw-stop.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#2 posted 09-19-2008 04:39 AM

I bought 2 Grizzly table saws. The first was a contractor saw. I spend a lot of time and money getting it running to my satifaction. The 2nd is a cabinet saw modle G1023Z. I like it, but the solid cast iron wings are a little warped. I’ve been buying Grizzly for years and in my experience, the quality is spotty. The last machine I bought was a grinder. It had a large crack running down the entire lenght of the motor. Grizzly did me right by giving me a full refund, including the cost of return shipping.

From my expierences, you do get a lot for your money; but you can’t be sure of the quality.
Good luck with your decision and let me know what you get.

-- The wood is good.

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#3 posted 09-19-2008 05:26 AM

I’ve got the Grizzley G1023SLWX. Couldn’t be happier with it. Great fence, solid, good power. The dust collection sucked until I modified it to be much like the collection on the General. I suspect the premium you are paying for is North American assembly. The Grizzly is made in China. One thing I do not like about it. I suspect you will be very happy with either.

-- Robby Myer, Walnut Creek, CA

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#4 posted 09-19-2008 03:37 PM

I don’t have the General 650, but do own the General 350. I am extremely satistified with it. The General products made in Canada are excellent. General does make some machines in Asia, but they are sold under the brand name General International. Now as I said, I am very happy with my General, but whether it is worth an additional $1000 probably down to youg budget and intended use. For a production shop, it may be money well spent, but for a hobbist maybe not. pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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#5 posted 09-19-2008 06:09 PM

This is my first post here, I love this site,great people and great advice!

Z, I have owned the GO651 since July and love this machine. Its very heavy and sturdy. The construction is great, the fit and finish is fantastic. It came from Grizzly well set up and only minor tweaking produced a very accurate tool. You will enjoy the fence system and powerful motor, I have ripped 3” cherry with no problem.

The only negatives I’ve found are only minor inconveniences, The riving knife must be unbolted before removal,(one bolt) and it has shims to keep it lined up with the blade also, the digital readout stays on all of the time, You have to disconnect power to shut it off.

All in all this is a great machine, I have no problem recommending it to anyone.

Good Luck!

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#6 posted 09-19-2008 07:09 PM

Wow, I just joined and posted this question yesterday and already received all of these very helpful replies. Thanks to everyone! I’ll probably go with the Grizzly but I’m still thinking about it. I figure I’ll probably only buy one table saw in my life so no need to rush.

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