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General 490 or Rikon 10-326

by RiffRaff
posted 10-14-2018 11:03 PM

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1046 posts in 2785 days

#1 posted 10-15-2018 01:29 AM

Hey there RR. General international went belly up a few years ago. Up here in the frozen north , it’s a toss up between 2 different tool suppliers as to who bought the rights to the General tool design. Not to sure of the brand name of the 1st but I think Magnum is the brand name of the second. I just went through the bullshit trying to get my General lathe repaired. Personally, I’d stick with the Rikon. It’s a good brand, still in business…parts available. JMTCW!

-- Mark

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#2 posted 10-15-2018 03:15 AM

I have the General 90-240M1 17″ 2 HP Bandsaw and a Rikon 10”, Quality wise General all the way! I have used a General 490 alot and it is a very solid machine. Think his price is a bit high, mint shape max. $1000 ? But price is what the market determines! Sure up here at a Thou. that machine would be gone in 15 min.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 10-15-2018 11:59 AM

Hey Mark and Andre, I appreciate your time and opinions. After reading your replies and sleeping on it, I’m still having conflicting ideas running through my head. I guess I need to seriously consider all the pros and cons of owning both saws. Decisions, decisions….
I know that I don’t see many 490s in my area in decent shape, which makes me want to rush out and snag it, but then again, I hate making rush decisions. These are the times I wish I was still a kid and have an adult make the choice for me…lol.
Anyway, love the forum, I’m sure I’ll be around a lot in the near future harassing you all to answer the growing list of questions I have!
Thx again!

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#4 posted 10-15-2018 12:02 PM

I don’t have any experience with the General but bought the Rikon 10-326 a little over a year ago. It’s my first and only bandsaw so nothing to compare it to but really like it. I have a 1/2” blade on it and resaw and cut turning bowl blanks without issue…no drift. The power is good, fit and finish is good and when you buy it on sale like I did for $900 I think it’s a great value for the money.

-- Aaron - Aspiring Craftsman

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#5 posted 10-15-2018 12:54 PM

That’s a nice saw. If you don’t plan to resaw anything above 6”, I’d go with the General. You can always resell it and purchase a Rikon anytime….not to often you see a General 490 in that condition. Maybe go there and offer $1k and plan on paying $1200

-- “Facts don't care about your feelings.” ..., Ben Shapiro

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#6 posted 10-15-2018 01:03 PM

I don’t have either saw but I would go with the Rikon for the greater resaw capability alone. About half of the use of my bandsaw is cutting things greater than 6” wide or thick.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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