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Forum topic by jonal posted 08-28-2017 01:33 PM 1485 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-28-2017 01:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: general 50260m1

Hi all,

I found this saw on cl recently and deciding if I should pull the trigger. Appears to be in good shape from the pics posted but will need to see it in person obviously. Is it likely to be worth the $900 asking price or is that money better put toward a new Grizzly in the $1500 dollar range? Really appreciate any thoughts!!

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#1 posted 08-28-2017 03:44 PM

I think that it’s a good saw. I have their 2 HP saw and find it to be great, and the 50-260 has good reviews. $900 seems a bit steep to me, at least if you’re in the US (in our smaller Canadian market and in Canadian dollars, it’s probably an OK price). One thing to consider is that General seems to have gone out of business, so not sure how that will affect part availability.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#2 posted 08-28-2017 05:48 PM

General International, not to be confused with General, Canada is now made in China, so it probably comes from the same manufacturer who supplies Grizzly and other saws in that $1500 price range.

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#3 posted 08-28-2017 06:25 PM

General International and General Canada are/were the same company, based in Quebec. Initially General International was their cheaper line as they started making some tools in China. Then they pretty much stopped making anything in Canada and therefore dropped the General Canada name. Now, as I mentioned, they seem to be shut down entirely (their web site still works, but no update on their annual or seasonal flyer since Spring 2016, and my tool repair place says that no-one answers the phone when you call them).

Either way, I bet MrRon’s right that it probably came out of the same Chinese factory as many other of the 3 hp left-tilt tablesaws.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#4 posted 08-28-2017 06:26 PM

General International still has a distributor
network, any of whom should be able to
tell you if parts are still available.

As far as made-in-Canada General, I think
they may have thrown in the towel.

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#5 posted 08-28-2017 06:59 PM

General now known as Magnum tools so I was told by KMS tools in Canada? The old made in Canada, IMHO much superior!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 08-30-2017 05:10 PM

When I was looking for a saw 30 years ago, I looked at the General, Canada 3hp cabinet saw at Japan Woodworkers in Berkley, Ca. That was one fine looking machine. Unfortunately it was way over my budget. I finally bought a Jet saw and I have been very happy with it. I use it almost every day and it has never lost it’s accuracy or gave any problems. Jet has a pretty good reputation for quality. That being said, I would prefer a Jet over a General International saw. Another saw I would consider is the Baileigh, but it is pretty pricey.

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