Laguna 1412 -- initial review and some advice needed

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Forum topic by NoSpace posted 09-17-2015 02:29 PM 851 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2015 02:29 PM

I’ve had a few posts here for bandsaw advice. I bought a craftsman 10” bandsaw last year for curve cutting but ended up caring mostly about resawing. It did great up to 4” with the HW woodslicer blade but blade life resawing maple and Padauk was nonexistent, I may have got 96” total at that depth before the blade dulled.

My main issue with upgrading was space, and I could have done the job sacrificing just a little more space than I was already by ditching the base on the smaller 14” options, but after a lot of thought, I ended up going home with the Laguna. Major shop reconstruction to fit it! (and small footprint my $$$, it juts out every which way, the Powermatic 14” probably has the smallest overall “space-print”).

Somehow I unpacked and set it up myself, the secret may have been a huge pile of blankets for it to flop around on.

Set-up up wasn’t that bad. But one question I have is that it uses these ceramic guides, and the manual says to have the back bottom and top guides touch the blade and then on top touch blade on one side, use a dollar to space the other side, and then a dollar on both bottom side guides. I did that, and I do hear a little bit of touching a guide somewhere as the motor runs, the question is, do I want to go through and make sure I adjust until I no longer hear that? Or will that bring the blade too far away from the guides?

I bought the 3-tpi proforce blade as that’s all rockler had in stock, but I wanted to dollar-to-dollar comparison with the woodslicer anyway. My 70.5” cost Just over 30$ I believe, and my proforce 115” just under 30$. Granted the proforce is a general purpose blade. There is no question that the woodslicer cuts cleaner and faster on my 10” craftsman than the proforce on 14-12, which should confirm just how cool that blade really is to folks who are into it. I do think I have it slightly under-tensioned out of fear of over tensioning, it barely touches the 1/2” zone on the tension indicator. But for me, the main question is how long is the blade going to last; how many $ per foot of wood does it cost me to resaw.

So what resaw blades are recommended for this machine? I probably will cut a lot of maple, walnut, but then padauk and zebrawood etc.. The 14-12 manual says African woods need finer teeth than American woods. So do I need two resaw blades? But then it also just flat out recommends the “resaw king” blade they make for everything. I will no doubt get a resaw king to try it, but it better last 5x longer than the proforce (including resharpening I guess). If it cuts as clean as they say and save money on planer knives then that counts too.

In short, what do I need to do setup and blade wise to make the Laguna 1412 the resaw machine I intend it to be?

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#1 posted 09-18-2015 02:48 AM

an update. picked up some maple and walnut at the lumber yard during lunch. Had a little more energy today so approached the machines fresh.

was able to appreciate the power and stability this thing has a little better. the maple was nearly 6” wide and 24” long, and I couldn’t tell the difference in effort between that and the 4” wide maple. Then 8” of walnut, and that was even easier. blade still feels sharp so I have my fingers crossed.

does well with dust too. bandsaws don’t produce nearly as much as table saws, but for what it’s worth, my Dylos shows today to be about a 400 small particle day (think in relative terms; during the heat wave it was around 1000) and after 6 slices of that walnut just over 800. Cleaning up the edges on the table saw earlier put up to 2400. I just use my little turbo 1 + bucket (w/ thein baffle). There was just a little bit of dust on the ground around the base afterward. really pretty amazing.

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