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.
Ease of Use
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