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Bought a General International 50-185M1 but need advice

by ssayers65
posted 01-11-2018 02:21 PM

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#1 posted 01-13-2018 12:30 PM

I have no experience with this particular saw, but it looks similar to a Craftsman TS that was my first purchase nearly 30 years ago. I ended up putting a Shop Fox Aluma-Classic fence system (bought from Grizzly) on it which worked MUCH better than the one that came with the saw. Years later, a friend loaned me his dial caliper set up and told me how to check alignment… MUCH better yet. Eventually built a large rolling cabinet for it to sit on as the metal legs were getting wobbly. Built a lot of things using that saw. Upgraded to a Saw Stop ICS a few years ago and gave my old Craftsman to my son.

I guess I said all of that to say this, put a good fence and blade on that dude, align it best you can, see if you can get a zero clearance insert. Then, if you are like me, you will learn a ton while you use it until you are ready to upgrade.

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#2 posted 01-13-2018 12:41 PM

General “International” was the import branch of General, that used to be made in Canada. I owned that saw for about 3 years from 2002-2005. It sold for near $750 new. It’s a very good traditional full size Taiwanese contractor saw….pretty similar to the PM64a and Jet of that era. It’s left tilt, has an outboard motor, traditional splitter, solid cast wings, and originally came with the equivalent of a Biesemeyer home fence. Something like the Delta T2 or T3 is a good bang for the buck and is fairly similar to the stock fence. As mentioned by cracknpop, get it aligned, and put a decent blade on it. It’ll do well with a good thin kerf blade. I added a router table to mine. Should make for a nice setup.

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