General International 50-300 Tablesaw

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
General International
Model:
50-300
Price:
$2,400

Description

Heavy-Duty enclosed steel cabinet with cast-iron base for added stability.
Built-in retractable castor system provides mobility when needed.
Solid wide-stance cast-iron trunnions ensure blade alignment and allow for stable vibration free cuts.
Large 42” x 29” cast-iron table including two 11” cast-iron extensions – models 50-300/305 only. (Chrome plated table & extensions on Deluxe 50-300CE/305CE Chrome Edition.)
4” dust port on cabinet with 2-1/2” branch inlet to blade guard for easy efficient dust collection hook up.
See-through blade guard with built-in 2-1/2” dust outlet for direct dust extraction hook up.
High precision General “T-Fence” system with 50” long rails. (Deluxe 50-300CE/305CE chrome edition includes same fence, 36”chrome coated steel extension table and adjustable support legs, steel dust tube and 2-1/2” upper and lower branch dust hoses.)
Quick release combination riving style splitter and blade guard with anti-kickback pawls and a second European style riving knife also included.
Convenient arbor lock for fast one tool blade changes.

WOOD magazine review

Built-in mobile base makes this saw go

Review Summary

High Points: ↑ At 42-1/4", its rip fence is longest in the test of nine tablesaws. ↑ Shark-fin-style riving knife swaps easily with blade guard. ↑ Built-in mobile base, engaged via a large handwheel near the base of the saw, makes it easy to relocate. Low Points: ↓ It does not come with a power cord, blade, extension table, or support legs. ↓ The bevel handwheel exhibited 1/4 turn of backlash, and its digital gauge with .1° readout kept losing calibration.
We finally ignored it and used the regular scale and pointer. More Points: → Although the rip-fence scale proved accurate, its clear plastic indicator has a non-colored, scribed hairline cursor that’s difficult to read. → The miter gauge features width adjusters on the bar, but only three miter stops. → Blade-guard assembly features a tool-free quick-release, but it’s tough to access because the throat insert can’t be removed before the splitter. → Although the blade guard has a 1-1/4" dust port that proved a benefit at collecting dust, the thin guard frequently slipped into the kerf opening at the rear of the throat insert. → An arbor lock makes for one-wrench blade changes.

Detailed Ratings

3.8
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

3

Value

4

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