Laguna Tools 14/12 Bandsaw

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Review by planesNchisels posted 74 days ago 2558 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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To star off I only gave it 5 stars because Lumberjocks wont let me go higher. I just got the Laguna Tools 14 12 Bandsaw and it took just shy of a month to get everything. The bandsaw was back ordered and I was told their blade machine was down. Talked with their customer service and had no issues with the status. They also told me because of were I live and the 0 degree highs we have been having they told me when I do get the saw untension the blade as they have had reports of the cold weather on a high tension blade causing the blade to break. At $150 a blade for the resaw king it was good info to know.

Once I did get everything and was able to put it together today it was more then i ever thought It would be. After I got it together I quickly put the blade on and set the guides so i could try it out. I resawed 1 1/2 wide ash in half and to my surprise with out really setting it to be dead square it was only off my maybe 1/32” to 1/16”. Not bad for not truing it up yet.

Im so glade I Got the 14/12. If you in the market for a bandsaw the Laguna 14 Twelve is everything and more the reviews say it is.

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#1 posted 74 days ago

Nice review and congrats on the new saw. I recall your thread when you were looking at a variety of saws. How did you finally decide on the 14/12?

I have the same saw, btw, and share your enthusiasm for it. The more I use it, the more I like it. The ease of getting good resaw results, as you pointed out, is probably my biggest delight with the saw. The other day I sliced up some 13” maple on it with no problem, which is probably the most strenuous workout a bandsaw will ever receive in my shop.

-- PaulMayer,

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#2 posted 73 days ago

I didn’t buy a Laguna but I sure wish I had. Instead I went with a Steelcity. The only reason I did was money. I believe Laguna makes a very good product and I think the extra money would have been well spent. One thing about a major purchase is If you spend too much money and like the product you will never regret it but if you save money and are not totally satisfied with the product you will regret it. wise choice on your part.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#3 posted 73 days ago

I was down to the Rikon and the 14/12. The guides on the 14/12 I think are better then the Rikon. Plus all the reviews on the 14/12 were great. yes it was $300 more then the Rikon but the Laguna SUV in independent testing was hands down the best resaw bandsaw at the time of testing a year or two ago . so I thought if the SUV was that good then the 14/12 cant be that far behind. Im so happy I get it and cant wait for the weather to warm up a bit (30+ would be nice) so I can get out and really start to resaw the lodes of ash, hickory and splattered maple I have.

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#4 posted 73 days ago

Glad to hear you finally received the saw. Sounds like they care about it and you before they ever shipped to you with the information they provided

-- Norman

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#5 posted 64 days ago

That sounds great! Thanks for posting your review.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 40 days ago

after spending quite some time trying to do my homework on this saw to make sure as best as I could that this was the saw for me about an hour ago I bought it from Wood Werks as the saw and all the other goodies are now on sale so it save me quite a bit. then called a friend of mine to see if he wanted to go to Columbus to pick it up just so happened he was down there so he will pick it up for me this afternoon so it saved me a two hour drive each way, plus the freight charges will let you folks know what I think as soon as it get it set up but if anyone is ready to pull the trigger I would check with woodwerks, as it saved me around $200.00

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#7 posted 37 days ago

I’ve observed these saws have a fully enclosed base. It is open on the bottom, and there are no provisions in the design to use that space for any storage. It isn’t a big deal one way or another, and I am thinking I will also go for this particular saw regardless. But, I wondered: Have any readers had made any mods to allow access to that area, and used if for a little storage capacity?

Thanks folks!

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#8 posted 32 days ago

Well I got it home several days ago and was impressed at the way they had packaged it up Laguna has spent a bit just on the packaging so needless to say that was a good thing. Assembly went well make sure that you have some metric Allen wrenches handy and you will need long ones if you bought the mobility kit. as they say get some help this thing isn’t light by any means. once I had it assembled the fit and finish was so good for a bit I wondered how it would look if I tossed the old woman’s couch out and put it in the front room. problem is I don’t have any dust collection there. To answer Jim’s question about the lack of provisions for storage in the base I did buy three blades with the saw and from what I see in mine the base isn’t big enough even if it had a door to be able to store my blades, and that is what i would prefer to put there. a door and shelf would still be nice for other saw accessories and special tools so it all would stay with the machine. As far as using the saw from what little i have used it so far I have no regrets only smiles on the way it works. I have yet to try the re-saw blade but expect to do so soon. as for now I would recommend anyone who is in the market for a 14 inch band saw to strongly take a look at this saw. I have seen in some other reviews an issue folks had with the table surfaces matching up at the blade slot. for me this wasn’t an issue at all once I got everything installed that was the first thing I checked with a good straight edge and both table halves were spot on. I hope this helps someone who is about to pull the trigger. it’s a lot of money but it’s a lot of saw also.

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#9 posted 24 days ago

Laguna said the blades may break because of the weather? Has this ever happened to anyone? It has been known to get a bit chilly in my neck of the woods and I’ve never given a thought to breaking blades in my cold shop….something I may have to think about.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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