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Review of the Laguna Tools 2 HP Mobile Cyclone Dust Collector

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Blog entry by Marty Backe posted 12-29-2010 08:03 PM 9165 reads 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently joined the ranks of woodworkers that use a dust collector. In my case I purchased a 2 HP mobile cyclone unit from Laguna Tools. The following two videos show my experience purchasing, setting up, and using the dust collector.

Although I’ll be keeping the dust collector for reasons explained in the video, in the end I wish that I had bought a competing product from another company.

In this second part of my review I wrap up some of the frustrations that I’ve experienced with this new dust collector and summarize my overall opinion.

The next video is a follow-up to my original review. I discuss how Laguna supplied me with a new pre-assembled unit and show what was fixed and what wasn’t.




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Marty Backe

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#1 posted 12-29-2010 09:10 PM

Yes, maybe I’m a little contradictory in my review ;-) In fairness, my recommendation to buy was laced with caveats. But in the end, if someone can overlook the faults that I point out, the dust collector does have some nice features.

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#2 posted 12-29-2010 11:02 PM

It kinds sounds like it sucks to me…

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH, http://thenickedfinger.wordpress.com/

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Sailor

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 01:04 AM

It does suck a little bit, but I think Laguna makes some larger ones that suck even more!

Just kidding, nice review man.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! http://woodworkingtrip.blogspot.com/ Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SailingAndSuch

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 01:22 AM

Marty—Thanks … I think you review was more than fair, and is very complete.

I don’t know what kind of discount they gave you, but for a unit with a list price of $1,245.00, I wouldn’t expect to have to improvise the hardware and use duct tape. Poor workmanship!

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#5 posted 12-30-2010 01:34 AM

Hi Gerry,

They subtracted $200 from the list price. Of course there was sales tax, so I still paid almost $1200.

I’m an optimist, so I try and look on the bright side when I can. At the end of the day I do have a dust collector that works great (knock on wood) even though it now looks to be more of a kluge.

I suspect that many of the tools that Laguna ships are OK, but maybe it’s more of a crap-shoot whether you’ll get one of the OK units. I had been considering upgrading my bandsaw to a Laguna model, but I’m going to pass since I see that as a risky proposition.

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#6 posted 12-30-2010 03:02 AM

Thats for the review, I have Jet DC-1100 dust collector I think it does a good job.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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PurpLev

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#7 posted 12-30-2010 04:49 AM

Thanks for the video review.

couple of notes:
1. There is a ‘reviews’ section on lumberjocks.com – if you post it there more people might find this review and as an end result make this review easier to find.

2. perhaps too late – but for mounting the behemoth DC on the legs, I think you could have tipped over the legs on the ground (blanket/etc) and mounted it that way so you don’t have to hold it upright while fastening them together (as a 1 person operation it makes it easier)

3. the DC especially of this caliber, with a fine particle filter that leaks fine particles during operation is not normal – not by a long shot. you may want (or not depending if you’ve read other people experience with Laguna CS) to contact their customer service and figure this one out, it may be standard on their equipment (although I’ve never heard of such a thing), it may be a minor issue – but it could also suggest something is messed up with this unit that could get uglier later on when CS may be less supportive. just food for thought.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Marty Backe

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#8 posted 12-30-2010 05:29 AM

Thanks for the comments.

1) I like to tag my posts with ‘Video’ so that it shows up in the Videos section. As far as I can tell, tags aren’t supported in the Review section. I figure if someone is looking for a specific tool review that they’ll just search for the term(s) and my post will show up. Thanks for the suggestion.

2) What, you don’t like my bear-hug solution? ;-)

3) I’m going to give Laguna a couple more days to get back to me, but I’m not hopeful. And frankly, they will probably just repeat the offer that they’ve already made: return the unit for another one. I’ve explained (in my video) why that’s not an appealing solution for me.

At this stage I’m pretty confident that the dust leakage problem is due to bad welds in the junctions. I’ll probably replace the duct tape with a silicon sealant.

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#9 posted 12-30-2010 05:36 AM

Good luck dealing with Laguna, they are notorious for their bad customer service.

Coming from a two time purchaser. never again !

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#10 posted 12-30-2010 08:40 PM

I’ll second what Jim said. Laguna is a no buy for me….but you did a great review. I have the jet DC and a HF one…both work great but the HF is much cheaper. I haven’t had any problems with these…and hopefully you will not have any trouble with the Laguna (especially considering the horror stories I have read and heard about Laguna).

Considering the health risks of wood dust…especially some of the exotics…I would certainly recommend that all shops have some kind of dust control. I run a DC on my tools and still wear my Triton powered respirator. I sure can notice the difference….after a day of working in the shop…I do not feel like my sinus is clogging up or that I need to cough so much….after inhaling sawdust most of my working life…it is a real pleasure to have good dust control.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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TheDane

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#11 posted 12-30-2010 09:43 PM

Charlie—Some companies (maybe Laguna is one of them) just don’t give a rip about any service after the sale!

If I were them, I would want to know what engineering, design, or manufacturing problems had to be fixed to keep this from happening to other customers.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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knottysticks

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#12 posted 12-31-2010 05:05 PM

Marty I hope you have sent Laguna a link to this review – MAYBE – it will get them to step up to bat for you . Thanks for the honest review and do let us know ’ if ’ they get back to you .

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#13 posted 12-31-2010 08:58 PM

Laguna, according to the many bad rants I’ve heard about it, sounds like the high-end HD! I don’t own any Laguna tools and don’t plan to – until and unless its after-sales service is drastically improved. If I had to choose, I’d rather buy an OK product with excellent service than a good product with bad service.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#14 posted 12-31-2010 09:43 PM

You hinted that you would have bought another manufacturers unit, Which one? Great review on a questionable company.

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Marty Backe

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#15 posted 12-31-2010 09:55 PM

Originally I was going to buy the JDS 2 HP Mobile Cyclone. It’s very similar (in specs) to the Laguna. The JDS doesn’t include the remote (which I really like), and only two of the casters swivel.

I didn’t buy the JDS because they were out of stock for a few weeks, and I wanted to get my dust collection setup during my Christmas break. So instead I pulled the trigger on the Laguna.

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