General International 650R-T50 Tablesaw

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.5
out of 5
Brand:
General International
Model:
650R-T50
Price:
$2,900

Description

Powder coated, scratch resistant, high quality reinforced steel cabinet.
Large, heavy-duty cast-iron hand wheels for effortless blade adjustments.
High-precision General “T” Fence System with 50” long guide rails, a melamine extension table and adjustable support legs. MODEL 350R/650R-T50 Millenium Edition only
Slotted aluminum blade guard and splitter and a precision-made heavy-duty aluminum table insert.
2 miter gauge T-slots and deluxe cast-iron miter gauge.
Magnetic switch with overload protection for greater safety.
Powerful North American designed, totally enclosed, fan cooled industrial motor.
Matching dual V-belt drive, on balanced cast-iron pulleys for smooth vibration-free running.
Arbor mounted on heavy-duty, permanently lubricated, sealed ball-bearings.

WOOD magazine review

Heavy-duty 650 still a force

Review Summary

High Points: ↑ At 42-1/4", its rip fence is longest in a test of nine tablesaws. ↑ Shark-fin-style riving knife swaps easily with blade guard. You can also buy a thin-kerf riving knife (#657-21T, $85). Low Points: ↓ It does not come with a power cord or blade. ↓ The aluminum blade guard blocked our view of the blade. ↓ Difficult blade changes: At 3-1/2", its throat opening is narrowest in the test. It also requires two wrenches to change blades, but only comes with one.
More Points: → Although the rip-fence scale proved accurate, its clear plastic indicator has a noncolored, scribed hairline cursor that’s difficult to read. → 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.

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

Reader Reviews

This saw should last a lifetime

Review Summary

I bought my General saw before they came out with the riving knives, so it doesn't have that feature. But overall, this is still a very good saw with a lot of power (3 hp) and a really good Biessemeyer style rip fence. I've since ditched the miter gauge because it's nothing spectacular and replaced it with a Kreg. Like the Wood review said, I hate changing blades because I have a hard time getting my big hands into the narrow opening. I wish they'd change that.
Aside from that, I can't argue with how powerful and accurate this saw is.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

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