Turbo bandsaw!

I have to come out of lurking to share this:
Never expected to see a turbo band saw, but it turns out I have one. I needed/wanted (same thing, right?) a second band saw and finally did it. Took a bit of a chance based on recommendations from a trusted dealer and bought a General International 14. This is a new model with a welded steel frame that resaws to 8, not the Delta knockoff.
It has a lot of nice features and one dubious one. It comes with a bag that attaches to the dust port, and sorta looks like a big white polyp on the side of the saw. Attached to the dust port is a fan driven by its own belt from the drive pulley. The object is to blow the dust into the bag (doubtful), but I didnt try using the bag, since I just connect to a central dust system.
So with my dust collector on, I made some test cuts. When I turned the saw off, the blade kept going. Fast. First thought was that I had done something weird electrically (would not have been the first time). But it turns out that the dust collector moves enough air to spin the fan and power the saw. Now it doesnt have a lot of cutting power, in fact it can only cut a quarter inch or so of thin doug fir before it stalls, but the fact that it can cut at all was pretty amazing. And a little unsettling.
Originally I was afraid that the fan would cut down on air flow and Id have to take it off. Now I have to take it off so the damn saw will stop. But the dust collection should be great. Theres a plastic shroud that sucks dust from the blade right under the table.
This is the first General International tool Ive used and I am pleasantly surprised. Fit and finish are excellent - damn near perfect. Wheels are right-on, everything fit right, runs smooth and quiet. The manual is almost worthless. It must have been translated into English from the Chinese by someone with French as a first language.
The upper guide is rack and pinion adjusted, it has a quick release tension lever, solid fence, and everything lines up nicely. The only important negatives are the open stand that might not be rigid enough (so I bolted it to a piece of 3/4 ply and that to a roller base) and the table is only supported on one side, but with a pretty stout trunion. I dont expect the negatives to cause me problems, since I dont have anyone working for me now (do all employees beat the holy crap out of everything they touch?). Oops, one other negative - it takes 97.5 inch blades (so that it can resaw to 8).
It looks like this will be a nice saw, but if it somehow isnt, the dealer is one that will do most anything to make it right. If General makes all of its GI tools with this much attention to detail, I will be seeing more green in my shop.
And maybe theyll get that turbo thing right.
Regards, PDX David
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That's very well possible since they are based in my hometown Montral.
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I bought the 18 inch version of this saw and I love it. max

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BTW, where and how much did you pay for it (including shipping)?
Thanks

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General has a sale going on until mid-January. I paid $659 but no shipping since a dealer is about a mile from my place. Regular price is listed as 990, I like the saw but that seems high. The General website has a flyer you can look at (www.general.ca)
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Thanks. After I read your post, I searched the webs and could not find the price. However, I did find a picture of the bandsaw, also your enquires before you bought the bandsaw in one of the forum.
(I bought a Grizzly GO555, summer 2004.)

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I looked at a 'General' bandsaw last week, and was a little nonplussed by the price. Is there so dramatic a difference in quality as to result in a three-fold difference in cost? Is GI so much inferior?
Dave

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