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The Horrible Stories About Laguna Are True

The Horrible Stories About Laguna Are True

10-22-2014 08:11 PM by Rockne | 15 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

10-04-2014 02:13 AM 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)

10-01-2014 02:30 AM 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 09:50 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 09:07 PM by MoshupTrail | 13 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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First impressions of the Anniversary Edition G0555 14" Band Saw

First impressions of the Anniversary Edition G0555 14" Band Saw

06-03-2014 10:53 PM by dansnow | 16 comments »

After nursing along my Dads old Craftsman 12” band saw, I was really looking forward to getting my new saw. After much research and pricing I had settled on the G0555LANV 14” for a number of reasons. It had a 1 HP motor where several others in the price range were 3/4HP. It had a cast iron frame and table instead of cast aluminum and stamped steel. The wheels were cast iron instead of cast aluminum and it had two speeds. But one of it’s biggest selling features to me was the...

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GO513X2F just arrived

GO513X2F just arrived

05-02-2014 02:14 AM by bowedcurly | 20 comments »

Im currently in the process of assembling my 513 I had a Rikon 10-345 but sold it. From my observations so far the Grizzly has bigger bearings say by 2x better welds more even beads where as the Rikon has runny balled up welds smoother height adjustment blade disengage much smoother Rikon was kinda hard to engage bigger better looking motor better lookin cast iron top also has a magnetic switch, Rikon does not have this I learned that the hard way after plugging in the sa...

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Happy so far, expecting it to stay so.

Happy so far, expecting it to stay so.

03-31-2014 11:35 PM by whope | 5 comments »

A bandsaw had been on my wish list for a number of years. I had been planning on getting a Rikon 10-325. In February, I heard about the Laguna 1412. While the Rikon was a couple hundred dollars cheaper, I was expecting to want to immediately replace the guides for the difference in price, plus some, it then became a no-brainer. And the Laguna had a mobility kit designed for the saw while the Rikon would need a third party set of wheels. When Woodcraft offered a free worklight with the saw,...

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Great Saw but Assembly was Quirky

Great Saw but Assembly was Quirky

03-13-2014 05:20 AM by ontheworkbench | 8 comments »

This is my first band saw so perhaps this may not be the best review, but with that in mind I will proceed anyway. I had been looking at bandsaws for a while, and was trying to find one that I thought would fit my needs now and into the future. I just could not justify a benchtop saw as those are not well suited for resawing, but I also wanted to stay in a reasonable budget. Ultimately it came down to this one and the Ridgid. I chose this saw over the orange one due to the closed base which h...

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Laguna Tools 14/12 Bandsaw

Laguna Tools 14/12 Bandsaw

02-01-2014 10:08 PM by planesNchisels | 15 comments »

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 weathe...

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