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Forum topic by Mark828 posted 05-23-2013 12:31 PM 1185 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-23-2013 12:31 PM

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After the move I planned on treating myself to the grizzly hybrid but Ive recently found some decent saw on CL in the same price range, what do you all know about General?

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#1 posted 05-23-2013 12:58 PM

I would buy that General. I think General is a good company. If the saw posted works, top is flat and the digital readouts work, I would not wait too long to buy it.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 05-23-2013 01:15 PM

looks to be a nice saw. is it a hybrid or a cabinet saw? and where’s the motor cover?

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#3 posted 05-23-2013 01:18 PM

If you were looking at a hybrid anyways…. GO BUY THAT SAW RIGHT NOW!!!

The Incra fence alone is worth several hundred dollars.

There’s a lot of goodies in that deal.

put $650 cash in your right pocket, and two $50 dollar bills in your left… wave the $650 in the owners face, and be prepared to pull out an add’l $50 if he counter offers.

The saw looks unused.

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#4 posted 05-23-2013 01:20 PM

Tons of goodies. I confess I have no idea what to do with any, but learning is the fun part!

Merry Christmas!

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#5 posted 05-23-2013 01:27 PM

The extras I see in the add are great. I have the Incra fence system and really like mine. It wasn’t cheap. The feather board stuff is nice for long rips. No experience with General as a brand. I would test the saw by ripping a good solid chuck of wood and see if the HP is adequate for you. It mostly depends on how you’ll use it. Running at 220V would be best as well.

Good luck and many happy cuts.

-- Tim S, WA

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#6 posted 05-23-2013 01:31 PM

One of my favorite people to watch is Allan Little on Youtube. He uses the General and always reccomends it. I think he did a video on it. Check that out.

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#7 posted 05-23-2013 01:38 PM

So you’re still here reading these replies? Get yer butt in gear and go get that thing before someone beats you to it!
You know what they say about “He who hesitates…”
(God I love spending someone else’s money! :-)

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#8 posted 05-23-2013 02:02 PM

I would buy it, even if you upgraded to a 3HP motor. I think it is worth it.

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#9 posted 05-23-2013 10:35 PM

$750 is a little steep for a used hybrid with no riving knife, but that’s a pretty slick setup with the Jointech fence. It’s worth noting that it’s a General “International” hybrid, not be to be confused with the Canadian made General saws that are legendary. Still a good saw and a reputable company, but not at the same quality level. IIRC, the GI has a proprietary motor, so if it ever needs replacement, you’re dealing directly with GI or paying to have the motor rebuilt, as opposed to grabbing a NEMA 56 frame motor off a shelf. I also remember some complaints about the thickness of the throad insert, or lack thereof. It’s definitely worth a look, and possibly an offer. I liked ssnvet’s suggestion of offering $650.

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