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I was on thewoodwhisperer.com’s community forum tonight, in an area where people were talking about their favorite tools when one gentleman said his favorite was his “General Access” tablesaw, designed for limited-mobility users and especially those like himself, who uses a wheelchair. He indicated it was basically the same as General’s 650 series table saw, except it was 6” shorter, designed to be operating by someone sitting.

We all know General & General International make good stuff, running in the same family with Jet, Delta, Powermatic, etc. With a little research I learned that they make a whole line of stationary tools designed for special access. They call it their Access line.

There I saw a 10” tilting arbor cabinet saw (3hp or 5hp, 485 lbs); a 16”x42” 1-1/2hp wood turning lathe (395 lbs); a 15” 6-speed drill press (3/4hp, 4-1/2” spindle travel), 191 lbs.; an 8” jointer (74” table, 1-1/2 to 3 hp, 428 lbs); and a 15” wheel bandsaw with a 1hp motor (300 lbs).

I hadn’t seen anything like them before (but then, I’m often the last to know!) and thought it would be good info for the forum.

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Jim,

That is very good to have this information here.

Thanks for a great post!
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Good to see a company that "listened".

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Thanks for posting that info Jim.
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Thanks very much for the info, Jim. I am very happy to learn of this line of equipment. As soon as suffficient funds come my way, I will become a customer.

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Thanks for posting this info..and we Minnesotans understand the 40 below joke too!
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Thank you. Never had a clue any thing would be made for woodworking other than what was custom made. I thought wheelchair users and others like me who use other methods of getting around (power scooter) would be too small of a market.

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Thanks for posting. The replies show that there is a market and suppliers are ready to serve that market. I'm sure that we will be seeing some outstanding woodworking projects on the forum.
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I forget to mention: if there are any turners on this section, Oneway makes a lathe suited for people to sit to use. A bit pricey, I think about 2800.00 American
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Thanks for posting this info..and we Minnesotans understand the 40 below joke too!
Yeppers.. and as we both know, if only it were a joke!

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