General International has produced a new 10" left-tilt, 3-hp cabinet saw with a riving-style splitter/blade guard assembly and anti-kickback pawls, and a separate European-style riving knife.
"The key feature is having the option to use either the riving-style splitter with the blade guard and the anti-kickback pawl, and to be able to pop that assembly off and install the stand-alone European-style riving knife, all in a matter of seconds. Of course, it is recommended that some form of independent blade guard be used in tandem with the riving knife," says General's Norman Frampton.
The cabinet saw offers a 29" x 42" cast-iron table including two 11" extension wings, a totally enclosed fan-cooled motor and poly-v belt drive system.
It will cut up to 3" with the blade at 90 degrees and 2-1/8" at 45 degrees.
There's a 4" dust port from the cabinet with a 2" branch inlet to the see-through blade guard. The arbour can be locked for blade changes and General has made the motor cover extra wide for access into the cabinet. Large, polished metal hand wheels control the blade's height and angle adjustments.
The saw is supplied with General's "Made in Canada" T Fence with 50" guide rails, a cast-iron miter gauge and cabinet-mounted storage hooks.
"Our Made in Canada General-T rip fence system, polished metal hand wheels and deluxe cast-iron miter gauge are all nice touches that help round out the list of reasons why we feel this saw is worthy of serious consideration for anyone looking for a new cabinet saw," adds Frampton.
General's 10" left-tilt table saw, model 50-270 M1, sells for $2,225. A 36" table board and adjustable steel support legs are available as accessories.
Contact: General International, 8360 Champ-d'Eau, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H1P 1Y3. Tel: 888-949-1161. www.general.ca
This article originally appeared in the May 2010 issue.