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05-19-2015 04:31 PM

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Any Canadians here got experience with King table saws?

They’re a pretty compelling option if they’re any good. I saw this 2hp model at my local supplier a few weeks ago for around $1100CAD.

Any experience with them?

ps: the sales guy said that they sell a lot of them, and that they have very few issues. King is their in-house brand, so he’d be likely to say that anyway….but just wondering.

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#1 posted 05-20-2015 03:01 AM

King in Canada is the rough equivalent of Grizzly in the US. Lots of rebranded Chinese and Taiwanese factory machinery – often well supported but quality control issues remain inconsistent. I am certain a lot of amateur to pro/shop woodworkers in Canada use King machinery, but you don’t hear from them much on the forums – not sure why.

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#2 posted 05-20-2015 03:30 AM

Don’t know much about their table saws but I have a King lathe. One thing I found was that they charge a lot for parts if you ever need them. I needed new reeves drive pulleys and King wanted $150 CDN for them. Harbor Freight sells the exact same lathe and I priced out the parts at $13 USD. Even with the exchange rate, shipping, and duty that was a whole lot cheaper. (Ended up getting free parts from a kind LJ). Just something to keep in mind if you decide to go with King.

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#3 posted 05-20-2015 09:34 AM

The King Industrial stuff I’m familiar with is pretty decent for hobbyist and light commercial use …my view is pretty much what redSLED describes. I suspect the lack of exposure in the US is due to being restricted to Canada. The CX200 is about identical to the Griz G0690 and Laguna Platinum saws.

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#4 posted 05-20-2015 09:42 AM

I bought a General International table saw, but thought seriously about getting a King instead, would have saved a couple hundred bucks. I couldn’t find reviews on the King and found the GI on sale so got it. I do have a King jointer and dust collector, though, and they’re both good tools. I was at a local tool repair place recently and the guy swore that GI and King come out of the same factories and sell a lot of identical tools.

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#5 posted 05-20-2015 07:10 PM

Canwood is another brand, sold by House of Tools in Canada. I have their dual drum sander and it is identical to the General International in everything except paint and the width of the attached stand it sits on.
I envision a huge factory in China where these tools are assembled and at the end the conveyor splits into four or five branches for paint and decals. :-)

BTW, the sander is great.

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#6 posted 05-20-2015 10:05 PM

I have a King 3 1/4 hp plunge router and am pleased with it. Much cheaper than I could find here.
Here is a link to how I use it.

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#7 posted 05-20-2015 11:25 PM

I have often wondered about the quality of King tools myself. It seems they have multiple lines and the Industrial line seems quite well designed. I am currently running a Delta contractor saw (36 inch rip, cast iron top) I bought at home Depot over 10 years ago. A great saw that owes me nothing, but I want to upgrade to a cabinet saw with a little more umph and a 52 inch capacity. I have been eying up a General, but may look to the King Industrial Extreme when the time comes.

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