General International 650R-T50 Cabinet Saw Has a Small Cast Table, but Razor Thin Cutting Capability
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General International 650R-T50 Cabinet Saw Rip Capacity: 50"R, 12"L
Depth of Cut: 3-1⁄8" (90°), 2-3⁄16" (45°)
Table: 28"W x 36"L
Weight: 495 lbs
2010 Price: $2,899.99

General’s Canadian-made 650R-T50 saw has a modest collection of features, and I’m not convinced they stack up to the saw’s upper tier pricing. It has the smallest cast table of the test group, but it still offers a generous 14-1⁄2" in front of the blade when set to 1". The guard system is split-style with aluminum sides that offer good protection but limit visibility, compared with clear guards. You get two riving knives: one fixed to the guard and a second for non-through cuts. A helpful locking pin enables tool-free changeovers.

General cabinet saw riving knife changeout system The General cabinet saw has a quick-release knob for its riving knife and guard, allowing you to change them out more quickly than most other saws.

The T-square rip fence locks positively with a sharp, thin cursor for accurate setups. The front rail has no end caps, oddly, and the miter gauge is a basic cast unit with no miter slot bar adjusters.

Thin board ripping set-up on a General cabinet saw The table on the General cabinet saw is small, but the fence, cursor and set-up allow you to cut boards razor thin.

Overall, the saw is well finished, but it could use some hooks and hanger brackets on the cabinet for storing push sticks, miter gauge and rip fence. It has a rubber catch for holding the motor door closed that seems to stretch further than it should; I wonder about its long-term durability.

The 650R-T50 did a fine job of cutting during testing, and although the Off button is fairly small, it’s easy to reach without fumbling. I pulled out about nine fistfuls of dust — pretty good for the test group. Overall, this saw just isn’t a standout for $2,900 in 2010 compared with other comparably priced models in this roundup.

posted on February 1, 2010 by Chris Marshall
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