On Tue, 20 Jan 2004 09:47:50 GMT, Wayne Brissette
|On Mon, 19 Jan 2004 11:39:49 -0600, Wes Stewart wrote
|>> BTW best table saw is the Canadian made General-))
|> I'll bite. Why?
|> I am currently looking at either a General 50-260 ($1300 + some
|> shipping I assume) or a Jet 708663 with the router lift, router, etc.
|> ($1700-$100 rebate-$25 Tool Crib rebate and free shipping)
|This reference was towards the Canadian made General, not imported General
Well now, if you look at the "promotion" pages on their web site you
will see "Made in Canada" on both the General and General
International saws. Except in both cases it says this right under,
"General 'something or the other' Fence System."
Whether this statement refers to just the fence or the whole damn
thing is questionable.
But don't expect an answer from General about it or anything else. I
wrote them the following in an email:
"Ladies and Gentlemen,
There has been discussion in different Internet forums about the
differences between General equipment and General International
equipment, specifically your table saws.
There is considerable information (and probably misinformation) given
that suggests that GI equipment is lesser quality, has different
motors, lighter trunnons, and so forth.
Can you enlighten me as to the differences, other than cost, between
the General 650-T50 M2 and the GI 50-260 M1. I have examined the
online specification sheets for each of these and have noted the
obvious differences; I am looking for the more subtle ones.
With your permission, I would be delighted to pass on any information
that you might provide to some of these forums.
Because they didn't have the courtesy to even acknowledge my missive,
I take it to mean that they don't care to have my business, which is
just fine by me. Perhaps it's because I live in the US and don't
I cannot help but contrast them to Leigh Industries. A few days ago I
inquired about their stuff and received data sheets in the mail almost
instantly. Today, I received their video that I don't recall even
|Depending on where you live, General and General International are going to
|be very hard to find. I had to drive 100 miles to my nearest distributor and
|I live in a major city.
I live in Tucson. General's web site says that Scates
Consulting/Machinery in Glendale (~100 miles away) is a distributor.
Scates' web site doesn't list General in their product line. I
emailed them too to ask about this and they didn't answer either. I
guess that means that they are a General distributor and operate their
business in the same shoddy way.
There's more than one way to narrow down the field.