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01-20-2009 10:18 PM

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Hello everyone,
I now own a General Intn’l 10” contractors saw, and want to give it to my Nephew. Because dust control is important to me, I’m thinking of replacing it with a decent cabinet saw (something reasonable if that’s possible). 3 HP should be plenty. I would appreciate any help, as I’m a new woodworker, but a long time toolmaker, so knowing about staying square is universal in the trades. I do own some decent equipment; a Powermatic 6” jointer, Festool panel cutter and vacuum system, & a 3.25 HP PC stationary router, along with
table and all 1/2” shank bits.
So, any help is greatly appreciated.

Paul :)

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#1 posted 01-20-2009 10:45 PM

You don’t have to replace the saw to get good dust collection.

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#2 posted 01-20-2009 11:05 PM

General 650 has been an outstanding saw with cuts fine enough to see through them.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 01-20-2009 11:12 PM

I’ve been looking to replace my current table saw with a cabinet saw also. I haven’t decided on one yet. I’ve looked at: Delta, Steel City, Jet, SawStop, and Powermatic. I think I have narrowed it down to Delta, Jet or Powermatic. I think I will be buy in the March time-frame.

The new Delta will be out by then. I’d to get more information on it, but they seem to holding back on details right now. Not really sure why, they are showing the new saw at all of the woodworking shows. When I email and ask about configuration options, they say I’ll have to wait.

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#4 posted 01-20-2009 11:49 PM

You cannot go wrong with the Powermatic PM2000 in my opinion. Really good table saw.

-- Wayne

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#5 posted 01-21-2009 12:27 AM

Given that you are in the greater Seattle area, I would strongly suggest a trip to Equipment Sales and Surplus in Auburn. They have a web site at I have purchased a Jet cabinet saw from them and a 14” Powermatic band saw with riser. They receive equipment that may be scratched or dented or simply in a box that was damaged. This was the case with both items I purchased. Brand new equipment, ugly box – hundreds of dollars saved. They deal primarily with Jet and Powermatic. The only way to see what they have on hand is to make the trip, but Bothell to Auburn isn’t a bad drive.

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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#6 posted 01-21-2009 12:32 AM

Thanks CutNRun. Another fellow LumberJock (Dorje) just told me about Equipment Sales and Surplus. I was planning to contact them when the time comes to lay some money down :).

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#7 posted 01-21-2009 12:38 AM

Hi Paul

I agree with RWR. I think the Powermatic 2000 is a great saw. In fact I am ordering one the end of this month. Go to, he has a very good tool review on this saw. Good luck on picking out a saw.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 01-21-2009 01:11 AM

I buy another Grizzly if I was looking.

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

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#9 posted 01-21-2009 05:39 AM

how about the woodtek. It’s a hybrid and was rated best overall by FWW. Under $1000 also. I have the woodtek contractor saw and have been nothing but pleased with it.

-- Childress Woodworks

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#10 posted 01-21-2009 03:36 PM

I’d suggest a 25 year or older Unisaw. I have a circa 1953 model i love and couldn’t tear the thing up if i tried.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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