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If good tools can make you better, imagine what great tools could do for you

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General's 10" Hybrid Left Tilt Table Saw (Model 50-200R M1) is built to withstand the test of time, with a ruggedly built saw carriage and solid cast-iron cabinet mounted trunnions. It features a powerful 2HP motor and a sturdy, easily adjustable T-fence design rip fence system.

A combination riving-style splitter/blade guard assembly with anti-kickback pawls and separate European-style riving knife enhance safety. The 44" x 27" precision-ground cast-iron table with dual extension wings provides a huge work surface.

The saw weighs in at a little more than 300 lbs. and has a large motor access door, steel guide rails and deluxe miter gauge. It offers 3" maximum depth of cut at 90 degrees, and 2-1/4" at 45 degrees. The saw comes factory-wired for 230-volt operation, but the dual-voltage motor can be easily switched to run on 110 volts.

We asked woodworkers what they wanted in a scroll saw, then listened very carefully. The result: General’s Excalibur 16” Scroll Saw (Model EX-16).

The 45-degree left- or right-tilting head and front mounted electronic variable speed control allows the user to tilt the blade, rather than the table, when making bevel cuts. Because the table stays flat, the user never has to worry about holding the piece to keep it from sliding. This user-friendly design also allows for a more natural hand position, reducing hand and wrist fatigue.

Blade speed can be adjusted from 400 to 1,400 strokes per minute. When determining optimum blade speed, many factors come into play: the type and thickness of the material, desired finish quality, cut accuracy, and the experience, comfort level and preferences of the user. Customers tell us that they appreciate having the ability to adjust instantly and dial in the blade speed that feels right for any given cut. It allows them to work faster, but with greater accuracy.

The EX-16 Scroll Saw features a large 12” x 18-1/2” table made from 3/8” thick plate steel, topped with a friction free coating. It has a maximum cutting depth of 2”, weighs about 68 lbs, and has a 120-volt, 1.3 amp motor.

It comes equipped with a flexible dust blower and an adjustable workpiece hold-down. The blade tensioning system tightens the blade at two locations. There’s a quick tension lever above the blade and a fine-tune adjustment knob that adjusts the height of the upper arm at the rear of the saw.

We could have made a good scroll saw. Instead, we listened to our users and made a great one.

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