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Excellent Small Bandsaw

Excellent Small Bandsaw

01-25-2015 09:12 AM by OSU55 | 5 comments »

I kept running into situations where a bandsaw would have made a particular step in a project very easy vs trying to use a jigsaw. I researched bandsaws, with most of the info surrounding 14” and larger saws. There wasn’t a lot of info on smaller saws, and I didn’t give them a lot of thought. After some research I realized a smaller saw would do about all the things I had needed one for, have a smaller footprint, be a lot smaller expenditure, and if the smaller saw was any g...

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Good for Small Jobs

Good for Small Jobs

01-23-2015 10:20 PM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

I bought this band saw three years ago as part of the 3 benchtop tools that I felt I needed. I don’t remember shopping around much, but it was just before my surgery, so I may have had better things to remember. I do know that the price of the saw at Lowes was a deciding factor. Out of the box I only had to install the table with four bolts (supplied.) The tools come with the saw for any adjustments you need to make. You get a metric wrench (10mm/13mm) and an 1/8 inch (by my caliper)...

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Finally a Serious Bandsaw

Finally a Serious Bandsaw

01-13-2015 10:48 PM by chem | 6 comments »

The band saw is an amazing tool, or so I am told. I must admit that with my Craftsman 12 inch saw (similar if not the same as the Rikon with 8 inch resaw) that I was not always feeling the thrill. Part of this may have been the fact that I tended to use a compromise blade to avoid changing between resawing and scrolling optimization. I don’t have the patience for band saw blade changes and the subsequent tuning. The path of least resistance from my perspective was to get a saw optimized for ...

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Garage Sale Quality

Garage Sale Quality

11-18-2014 01:39 PM by Virgil | 31 comments »

Laguna has left a first and lasting impression on me. The saw I received came with numerous cosmetic flaws. From the runs in the paint on the motor, to what looks like dents in the edge of the doors, various chips in the paint on the table, plastic parts that look like they have been chewed on, to holes needing to be drilled out for assembly. This saw looks like something I would have purchased at a garage sale. I am passionate about wood working and just as passionate about my wood working t...

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Laguna 14 Twelve Bandsaw - Good saw with some warts

Laguna 14 Twelve Bandsaw - Good saw with some warts

11-09-2014 06:56 PM by RyanIra | 10 comments »

I have a video review of this saw. Laguna 14 Twelve Review

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The Horrible Stories About Laguna Are True

The Horrible Stories About Laguna Are True

10-22-2014 03:11 PM by Rockne | 23 comments »

I hate to sound like a complainer, so let me start out with something positive: the Minimax MM16 that I picked up when the Laguna purchase fell through is AWESOME. I’m fortunate to have some pretty nice machines, and the MM16 is a wonderful example of how things should be done. The only thing I would change about the mm16 is to give it a rack and pinion table . . . otherwise, color me very impressed. Now for the not-so-good: I ordered an LT14 SUV bandsaw from Rockler. Rockler...

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Laguna 14/12 14" Bandsaw

Laguna 14/12 14" Bandsaw

10-03-2014 09:13 PM by smitty22 | 16 comments »

Disclaimer: First, my bandsaw experience is limited to a 10” Delta and a very old Craftsman, so comparison with any modern 14” bandsaw will have to come from others. Next , this isn’t going to be an exhaustive review of the 1412 since several other LJ reviews have lots of good detail that I won’t repeat. Those other LJ reviews were instrumental in my buying the 1412, plus it was on sale last month. (Actually I think it’s on sale this month too at Woodworker Supply?) Thanks to the ‘jocks’ w...

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Steel City 14 Inch Deluxe Brand 2 Speed Model 50114 (Initial Thoughts)

Steel City 14 Inch Deluxe Brand 2 Speed Model 50114 (Initial Thoughts)

09-30-2014 09:30 PM by Kaleb the Swede | 21 comments »

Happy Birthday to me! I have been eyeing this band saw since the beginning of summer. My band saw previous to this was a black and decker 3 wheel 10 inch which is ok for small stuff and not ok for anything else. Anyway, after begging and pleading my wife (and finally agreeing to paint the house (grrrrrrrrrrrr)) I got a bandsaw. I got the saw yesterday and since I haven’t seen a review of this anywhere online (I looked everywhere) I decided to write in some quick thoughts to may...

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Laguna Tools 14/12 initial review.

Laguna Tools 14/12 initial review.

09-26-2014 04:50 PM by PatrickB | 17 comments »

Hello,This is my initial review of the Laguna 14/12 bandsaw. I earlier owned the Grizzly G0555 Extreme which I sold. I pondered getting another Grizzly and found the Laguna on sale at Rockler. BY the time I was done with replacing parts on the Grizzly to reach the Laguna as it came stock I was already over the sale price so that rapidly changed my mind. I remember my old Grizzly was always a little slow on cutting but I didn’t really have any issues with it. There are some changes to th...

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Good bandsaw for a small shop

Good bandsaw for a small shop

06-07-2014 04:07 PM by MoshupTrail | 14 comments »

I wanted a small bandsaw to cut some curved parts from time to time. When I saw this one at Menards for just $229 it just had a look of being solid and the right thing for my small garage shop. The table is cast iron, and the housing is heavy duty steel and the motor appears to be a sealed 1/2 hp motor. You can see the specs at Menards site. Assembly was pretty easy, but I did not choose to assemble the stand. The directions are pretty typical – you have to read carefully twice ...

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