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General International 15" Adjustable-Height Bandsaw

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
General International
Model:
#90-200 M1
Price:
$1,660

Description

Cast-iron frame & precision-balanced cast-iron wheels with replaceable rubber tires.
Closed stand model features a rigid one piece welded stand.
Deluxe 2-position extruded aluminum rip fence, ideal for ripping thin stock and resawing taller work pieces.
Deluxe blade guide bearings included.
2 cutting speeds for excellent results in either hard or soft wood.
Smooth 0° - 45° handwheel controlled table tilting mechanism.
Table tilting scale is located on table top for easy reading.
Adjustable cutting depth from 5 5/8" to 12".
Hinged doors & easily accessible blade tensioning knob, for fast blade changes or adjustments.
Quick release blade tension lever.
93 1/2” X 3/8” & 105” X 3/8” blades included.
Aluminum miter gauge, laser line marker and worklight included.

SPECS:
Wheel size: 15” (375 mm)
Wheel speed: 405 & 700 RPM
Maximum blade width: 3/4” (19 mm)
Minimum blade width: 1/4” (6.4 mm)
Blade length: 93 1⁄2” TO 106 3/8” (2375 TO 2702 mm)
Blade speeds: 1570 & 2660 FPM (480 & 810 MPM)
Table size: 16” x 16” (408 x 408 mm)
Table tilt: 0° TO 45° (RIGHT)
Table height: 41 3⁄4” (1060 mm)
Maximum width of cut: 14 3⁄4” (374 mm)
Maximum depth of cut: 5 5/8”-12” (142 - 305 MM)
Dust collection port: 4” (102 mm)
Base dimensions: 16 1/2” x 19 (419 x 483 mm)
Overall dimensions (l x w x h): 30” x 37 13/16” x 65 3/4” (762 x 960 x 1670 mm)
Motor: 1 1/2 HP, 110 V, 15 A
Weight: 398 LBS (181 kg)

WOOD magazine review

Gimmicky features detract from this bandsaw's abilities

Review Summary

General International might have packed too many features into this 15" bandsaw: Some work fine, others don’t. It’s a smooth-running, powerful bandsaw with nice workpiece capacities (up to 12" for resawing and 14-3/4" width), but too often the features become gimmicks. For instance, the top half of the saw moves up and down on a 5" steel shaft, allowing you to use any size blades from 93-1/2" to 106".
But the 90-200 M1 cut just as accurately without flexing at its maximum height as it did in the lowest setting, so we don’t really see the benefit of returning to the low setting. We like the extruded aluminum rip fence because it can be used standing at 4-3/8" tall, as shown, or lying flat just 5/8" tall, where it doesn’t bump into the blade guides when sawing thin workpieces. The rack-and-pinion table works well, tilting as much as 45° to the right. But the bearing blade guides proved difficult to adjust and set accurately. And the battery-powered laser is blocked by the blade guard unless set 1-3/4" above the cutline.

Detailed Ratings

3.5
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

3

Ease of Use

3

Value

3

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