General International is adding more heavy metal to its band saw line with three new Deluxe models (14″, 18″ and 22″). The trio, which are labeled as part of “The Ultimate Woodworking System,” all have heavy-duty one-piece steel frames, cast-iron tables and dynamically balanced cast-iron wheels with replaceable tires. They are equipped with the latest safety foot brakes that simultaneously disconnect the electrical circuit while slowing down the blade.
The 90-170B M1 14″ saw ($1850) has a 1 1/2HP motor and drives the blade at either 2300 or 3250 feet per minute. Its table measures 16″ x 20.” The saw will resaw up to 12″ or cut workpieces up to 13 3/4″ wide. A quick-release lever will make blades easier to de-tension and change, and the machine will accept sizes up to 3/4″ wide. An Excalibur Universal Rip Fence System and ball-bearing blade guides are also standard.
General International’s 90-290 M1 Deluxe 18″ saw ($3325) sports a 3HP single-phase motor and 24″ x 20″ table. The machine will resaw workpieces up to 12 3/8″ tall or rip to 16″ wide. It has a laser line marker and Excalibur fence to help guide cuts, plus a lever-activated short cut-off feed device to keep fingers out of harm’s way. This saw will accept blades up to 1 1/4.” Its heavy-duty blade guides consist of upper and lower dual bakelite blocks and five bearings that provide ten points of blade contact. A 3/4″ blade is included with the saw.
Or move up to the titan 90-380 MI 22″ band saw ($4275). This machine has a 5HP single-phase motor and a 30″ x 22 3/4″ table. It shares a similar cut-off feed device and blade guide system as the 290, with seven bearings instead of five. You can resaw workpieces up to 16 5/16″ or rip to 19 5/8.” Also included are a laser guide, Excalibur rip fence and a 3/4″ blade.
The 14″ model will be available in October, and the two larger saws will hit distributor showrooms in December.