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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-30-2009, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Does anyone know about a "General Machine " bandsaw? The model I am considering purchasing is 90-050M1 for $365 CDN. I have never owned a bandsaw so I don't know anything about them. This saw takes a 80 inch blade. Is this a common size? It's a 12 inch saw & appears well made to a novice. Any advice/info would be appreciated.
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Bandsaws are fairly simple machines, but there are a wide range of features available on various models. What you'll be doing will dictate what is important to you.

First, are you buying new or used? If new, do you have a link?

In general terms, 12" is at the small end of the spectrum, but might be sufficient for you, depending on what you'll be doing with it. Bigger is better, if you have the space.

Common uses of bandsaws include re-sawing (making thinner boards out of thick ones), cutting large arcs to fairly small ones (here, the size controls the utility), and making short cuts where precision is less important than convenience and capacity.

So, it would be helpful to know what your objectives are for the saw.

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Welcome to Router Forums, I do not know about the brand, i do know that i haven't heard any bad report on it. Someone will have a much better feel for that brand, will be able to give a fair review.

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Gerry,
I have never heard of and couldn't find anything on this saw. Could you post a picture? That might help a lot.

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I tried Googling for it, too, but came up empty. It looks like General Machine may be a Canadian company, though, as opposed to an import brand.

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I just got rid of a 12" saw and bought a 14". A lot more room to maneuver, plus, I was able to put a riser block on it for resawing. An 80" blade is the same size as my old saw used, and you can get them at Sears, but they sell cheap ones that don't last long. You can also special order that size.

General is a Canadian manufacturer, General International is an imported brand. I have no idea what General Machine is. General International has several band saws that have similar model numbers, but their smallest one seems to be a 14". http://www.marksmach.com/general_int...l.htm#Bandsaws

You didn't say what the cost was, so that info would help.

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I'm buying new.Unit is made in Taiwan. Imported by General International. Site won`t allow me quote URL as I'm just a "newbie". Try general.ca or .com I found new model there (appears the same) 90-060.
Sorry, the brand is General International not General Machine. I believe they also have American site, probably .com
What do you want me to edit in my profile. I`ve done that, the info you are requesting is all there.
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Hi,

This is what I've found....

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I just got rid of a 12" saw and bought a 14". A lot more room to maneuver, plus, I was able to put a riser block on it for resawing. An 80" blade is the same size as my old saw used, and you can get them at Sears, but they sell cheap ones that don't last long. You can also special order that size.

General is a Canadian manufacturer, General International is an imported brand. I have no idea what General Machine is.

You didn't say what the cost was, so that info would help.
Sorry, brand name is General International, not "Machine"
I did mention on original post that cost was $365 CDN.
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Sorry, can't post pictures or URL's as I'm only a "newbie"
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