11 Feb Tablesaws with Touchpads to Control Blade and Fence Movement
General Tool USA in Whitehouse, Ohio have been introducing a lot of new technology lately. One of the most impressive innovations is a range of 10” left-tilt tablesaws that can increase a small shop’s production by cutting way down on set-up times. That’s because the saws come with an automated system that controls the blade height and tilt, plus the location of the fence. There’s a very intuitive touch pad on the fence that makes everything happen automatically. The line includes a choice of a 5 HP 3-phase version (52” or 36” wide – click to see) or a 3 HP single phase (also in either 52” or 36” wide). There’s a powder-coated, scratch-resistant, high quality reinforced steel cabinet, a high-precision General “T” fence system, an option to locate the fence on either side of the blade, a melamine extension table and adjustable support legs. Also included is a deluxe aluminum miter gauge and a magnetic emergency stop safety switch. The arbor is mounted on a heavy-duty, one-piece trunnion with permanently lubricated, sealed ball-bearings, and there’s a precision ground, high luster cast iron table. The motor cover is hinged for quick access to the motor and belts (dual V-belt), there’s a built-in 4″ dust collection port, and the arbor locks when you’re changing the blade. Altogether, a beautiful piece of engineering. Prices range from $3,899 to $4,099.99.