I'm not in the market for a saw, so didn't pay much attention to saws. I
did look at a couple planers and a lathe. Can't imagine why they wouldn't
sell, everything seemed like it could anchor the Queen Mary. Stuff just
Nobody buys the "real" General tools because they cost too darn much! Not
because nobody stocks them. Really, really nice tools, but just too
expensive for the average joe.
The 14" planer made in Canada is $3189 in the current promo. They have a
chiwanese 20" for $1999 or a chiwanese 15" for $1099.
A General 650/350 table saw is $1999 on sale while a Unisaw can be had for
$1499 and General International 250 is around $1100 or even less.
I have a Canadian General drill press bought in 2002 or 2003. The manual
was revised in 1976! The design is quite old and for the $800 or so I
paid doesn't even have a lifting mechanism like a $350 chiwanese drill
Lots of General stuff (not necessarily General International), is sold
to a different clientele than the home shop guy.
The dealer I bought my 650 from (Tools Plus, Waterbury, CT) has two
floors. The main floor is typical retail & contractors stuff, with
some Jet, Delta, and GI iron sprinkled in. The downstairs stuff is
limited to 6" and smaller jointers, benchtop tools, contractor saws,
and _maybe_ some Jet and Delta cabinet saws.
The second floor, the floor most hobbyists don't know exist, is where
the big, heavy, and cool stuff is. I shopped at TP for years without
knowing there *was* a second floor, as the stairway is behind the
counter. <G> Upstairs, he's got massive table saws, wide belt
sanders, 20" disc sanders, _BIG_ band saws, 8 bag DC's, etc... from
Powermatic, General, and some industrial only brands. Upstairs,
DJ-20's and G650's look *small*! <G>
We also have some local tool dealers who don't usually advertise to
the retail clientele. These guys will often deal with you, but they
won't be located in the strip mall. Industrial tool dealers are
often located in industrial parks, without retail window dressing, and
sometimes with no means to accept credit cards. These guys will
usually try to make an appointment with you, so that the proper
salesperson will be there when you arrive. You can expect them to
know every nut and bolt of the tools you're investigating, but you
won't get a free router with your purchase. You'll get boutique
treatment, possibly including setup, delivery, and after sale
support... for a price.
The second type of dealer is often listed on manufacturer webs
sites,and in publications like "Woodshop News".
It says "my" Woodcraft in Tucson has them, but I've never seen a
General product in the store.
Back when I was shopping for a CS I emailed the one (at the time)
listed AZ distributor and never even got a reply.
corded models all machined parts from U. S. Assembly only
transitioned to Mexico. may not all be there yet.
Unisaw - Assembled and painted in the U.S. Motor from Brazil, starter
from Taiwan, some cast iron from the far east, some domestic, (table
and wings are U. S. cast and machined) all sheet metal fabricated and
welded in the U.S. All extrusions and blow molded components from U.S.
suppliers. All turned steel components from U. S. factories.
HD Shaper series - same thing.
14" Band Saw high end models same thing except the motor is from AO
All radial arm saws same thing except for higher percentage of U. S.
castings (at the present time) and U. S. made motors.
Line boring Machines, same thing.
Unifence - all U.S. made
Biesemeyer - All U. S. Made.
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