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Ridgid BS1400 Band Saw

Ridgid BS1400 Band Saw

10-12-2008 05:59 PM by ferstler | 36 comments »

Note: while this review is of the BS1400 model, the owner’s manual calls it the BS14002. I do not know if the addition of the number 2 signifies an upgrade or is just the full number not listed correctly in the catalog. The earlier “gray” version might have been the plain, old BS1400. In any case, the one being reviewed here is the orange version seen easily at any Home Depot store, usually selling for about $350. OK, this is a pretty basic band saw in the old style. It c...

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New Laguna 18" Bandsaw

New Laguna 18" Bandsaw

08-29-2008 03:32 PM by Wade Putnam | 32 comments »

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 wa...

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Not Ridgid Quality

Not Ridgid Quality

10-14-2012 08:50 PM by Dan Corbin | 32 comments »

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Ridgid brand, especially their table saws. I had been looking at a bandsaw from Harbor Freight, but with the Ridgid band saw only $50 more, I thought it was a no-brainer. I really should’ve saved my money for something better…. I was excited to get my new bandsaw home and start cutting up some wood. But from the get-go, this was a bad experience. When the unit finally arrived, the box was in very poor shape. Fortunately, there was e...

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Wow what a saw!

Wow what a saw!

02-09-2010 12:29 AM by Bert304 | 31 comments »

This was my first purchase from Grizzly Industrial. So far I have no complaints. I ordered the bandsaw on Friday and picked it up at the terminal this morning. The box only had to small damages to the cardboard, only on the outer layer of cardboard. I opened the box and everything was packed very nicely and tightly in styrofoam. I had to tilt the box on its edge to get the bandsaw out, I could not lift it out. I unpacked everything and inspected all the parts and the bolts and nuts. Al...

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Garage Sale Quality

Garage Sale Quality

11-18-2014 06:39 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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Quality Machine, Quality Customer Service, Highly Recommended!

Quality Machine, Quality Customer Service, Highly Recommended!

04-21-2009 04:34 PM by PurpLev | 30 comments »

I received some appletree logs from someone on craigslist, and was contemplating how I can get them into project lumber. I had looked around for small mills, but it wasn’t really worth it since I only have a few smaller logs… then it got me to think, maybe I can do it myself… hence started the interest in bandsaws. the more I researched about it, the more I was fascinated by the capabilities of a bandsaw and all the things it can do. I have a fairly limited budget, and so...

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14 Inch Jet Bandsaw

14 Inch Jet Bandsaw

02-19-2008 04:50 AM by Dano | 30 comments »

I ordered this saw from Amazon on Monday and it was delivered on the following Friday utilizing their free shipping. I was worried that it might be damaged in route as it seems other have had similar experiences. However, it arrived in pristine condition, shrink wrapped to a wooden pallet. The saw was easy to assemble as there are only 4 pieces, the base, the saw, trunnion, and the table. Instructions are good and everything was there. The base does not have any “feet” and thus...

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Shopsmith by Magna 11" bandsaw...small, simple, unchanged for a half century

Shopsmith by Magna 11" bandsaw...small, simple, unchanged for a half century

05-11-2008 06:23 AM by Shopsmithtom | 29 comments »

I decided I’d review my 1956 Shopsmith band saw. Why would anyone care about a 50 plus year old band saw???(except for a couple of old Shopsmith nuts?)Because it’s a great saw and you can still buy one new today from Shopsmith, or used on ebay, and you’d be getting essentially the same machine as my 50 year old saw.(and I consider that a good thing) Now, why would anyone build the same tool for a half century while everyone around you changes stuff almost as often as car ...

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New Grizzly G0457 Resaw Bandsaw

New Grizzly G0457 Resaw Bandsaw

01-01-2010 03:16 PM by michaelray | 29 comments »

Let me start by saying this is the first bandsaw I have ever owned and operated so I don’t have any past experiences to compare it to. I decided about 6-7 months ago my next major tool purchase had to be a bandsaw. Since that decision I’ve been reading and reviewing not to mention saving money. There were a couple deciding factors that led me to this model. Reviews – both by fellow LJ’s (thanks to you all) and to FWW magazine. Price – I took advantage of the late...

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Craftex 18" bandsaw review

Craftex 18" bandsaw review

02-29-2008 02:23 PM by Bob #2 | 28 comments »

My new 18” 2 hp bandsaw on a mobile base.The upper wheel assembly is mounted to a channel steel support doing away with the older style castings. The safety switch as well as the power switch are mounted at waist height for easy accessibility. The table is about 3 inches lower than that of my old 14” bandsaw making it more comfrtable to use for “certain ” people around my shop. The aluminum fence is mounted on ball bearings and clamps down with one hand li...

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