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14-in. Bandsaw 90-100 M1

General - 14-in. Bandsaw 90-100 M1

General’s 14-in. bandsaw features a steel frame, aluminum wheels, aluminum rip fence, and runs at two cutting speeds.

$700 (As of 1/1/2002)

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Editor's Review: 14-in. Bandsaws Reviewed

by Tom Begnal

review date: January 1, 2002

The bandsaw is a versatile tool that rips, resaws, crosscuts, and cuts curves. And when the table is tilted, it makes all kinds of angle cuts, too. Plus it can be used to cut tenons, dovetails, and various other joints. The 14-in. size is good for most small shops, so we decided to test nine popular models on the market, evaluating them for wheel roundness, alignment, blade tension, and table flatness.

The General is a twin of the Shop Fox. The 15,000 psi of tension it applied to the blade was matched only by its twin (neither has a built-in tension gauge). It tied for the highest resaw capacity. Test cuts were acceptable but required a slightly slower feed rate when resawing. It has a decent fence, but blade-drift adjustment is limited. Vertical alignment of the wheels was poor, and the guide bar and attached thrust-bearing deflected easily when pushed front to back.

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Editor Test Results:

Blade Changing N/A
Table Flatness 0.010-in. dish
Frame Deflection N/A
Wheel Alignment 0.500 in.
Runout 0.007 in.upper; 0.011 in. lower
Tension Tension at 3/4 in 15,000 psi
Quality of Cut N/A
Table-Lock Effectiveness N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer General
Manufacturer's Web Site www.general.ca
Manufacturer's Phone Number 1-888-949-1161
Rip Fence Included Yes
Riser Block Option No
Rip Capacity 13-5/8 in.
Guide Type N/A
Table Tilt 10° left; 50° right
Table Size 13-3/4 in. square
Horsepower 1 hp
Amps 11 amps
Volts 230v
Speed N/A
Blade N/A
Resaw Capacity 7-3/16 in.

The main problem that I have with this bandsaw is that aligning the wheels is extremely challenging. Specifically, it is hard to adjust the top flywheel to compensate for wheel twist. The wheels were also out of plane. General could do a better job with the set-up instructions -- they rely heavily on an exploded view which can be challenging to those with less than stellar eyesight.


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