New Laguna 18" Bandsaw

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Review by Wade Putnam posted 08-29-2008 03:32 PM 20694 views 0 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Received my 18 ” saw and a Driftmaster Fence about three weeks ago, and the experience has been trying.
First I received my copy of the invoice on Saturday, before my saw was to be delivered on Tuesday.
When reviewing the invoice I discovered Laguna had shipped me a 16HD instead of the 18 I had ordered.
Couldn’t speak with the sales rep until Monday the day before scheduled delivery to advise him of the mistake, (this was after waiting weeks for delivery).The sales rep admitted it was an error on there part and he would stop delivery and send the 18, another 3 week wait!!!!!!
The delivery truck shows up as scheduled and promptly backs over my mail box.

Now for the DRIFTMASTER, no manual with it and the on line video and on line manual doesn’t match what I received and I am still not sure I have installed correctly.
Why the studs on the fence rail didn’t match the existing holes doesn’t makes sense, and the universal mounting brackets are a royal pain, especially if your not sure if the hardware your using is being mounted correctly since it doesn’t match any manuals or videos.

Now for the good news, after all the hassle I will say that the saw is awesome and it was worth all the trouble.
It cuts very accurately and has taken the place of my table saw for a lot of cuts. Very well constructed, just not documented very well in regards to assembly of drift master.

-- Wade, Nashville,

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#1 posted 08-29-2008 03:49 PM

thats one big Laguna…. congrats.

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#2 posted 08-29-2008 04:46 PM

Man look at the size of the freakishly large blade there!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#3 posted 08-29-2008 05:20 PM

Wade, that bandsaw is almost as good looking as your shop mate. Hope you have loads of time to enjoy keeping company with both of them. LOL.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#4 posted 08-29-2008 07:23 PM

I must admit to suffering from tool envy. Very nice saw; How big is that blade?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 08-29-2008 11:11 PM

nice saw… I have to wonder how they can crew up the customer service so badly

-- making sawdust....

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#6 posted 08-29-2008 11:15 PM

I bought a big bandsaw too its a 23 inch and cuts eighteen inch height of cut they are fantastice well done I hope you have long years of life to enjoy God Bless Alistair ps your wife looks beautiful too.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 08-30-2008 12:00 AM

Great looking saw!

Thanks for the post


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#8 posted 08-30-2008 03:55 AM

Wow…cool saw! I’ve heard a similar story about Laguna service however. Thanks

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#9 posted 08-30-2008 01:07 PM

Congratulations. That ought to keep you out of mischief for a while. I’m actually quasi-interested in the idea of stocking a Driftmaster on my Minimax BS. If it’s any consolation the documentation that comes with Minimax saws aint much better than having none at all. Great saws but their manuals suck. MM customer service is pretty good at answering questions but if the Laguna experience is similar to the MM one, your best bet for good advice is an online user group of Laguna owners.

-- Use the fence Luke

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#10 posted 08-31-2008 09:15 PM

That sure is a big Bandsaw , I’m glad to hear everything worked for you and your happy with the saw . That little dolly you move the saw around with is kool .

Thanks for the review .

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#11 posted 09-01-2008 03:28 PM

Thanks for the review. Looks like a great band saw.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#12 posted 09-01-2008 07:22 PM

Thanks for the review. And the board you’re holding looks evenly and smoothly ripped by this saw.
I hope I could have one smaller BS in my workshop. But.. I am not familiar with the sizes of BS. If you don’t mind, can you roughly tell me the relation of the wheel size to the cutting hight’s capacity?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 09-01-2008 09:04 PM

mmmmm. Im suffering from bansaw envy. Yours is bigger than mine.

-- Robby Myer, Walnut Creek, CA

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#14 posted 09-02-2008 03:29 AM

To answer Woodworm’s question, the wheel is 18” and the resaw is 18 3/8

-- Wade, Nashville,

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#15 posted 09-02-2008 03:54 AM

I have a driftmaster installed on my Taiwanese 18” bandsaw and I love it. When I got mine it didn’t have the universal mounts. I had to wait for it to be shipped. The resaw blade does a great job. I resawed some yellow birch today for the kitchen cabinets I’m building for my wife.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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