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Forum topic by GT350 posted 11-07-2015 06:44 PM 1295 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-07-2015 06:44 PM

I am looking at buying a new Laguna 14-12 bandsaw. I just saw the new Laguna 14bx bandsaw that has a blade brake on it. I have seen the blade brakes in the past and I am just curious if those of you that have them find it useful and worth the extra cost. I currently have an old Rockwell 14” bandsaw that I have had for years and I just turn it off and wait until the blade stops. Is the blade brake just for safety, time saving or what?

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Bill White

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#1 posted 11-07-2015 06:51 PM

I found the brake useful in a factory setting, but my Grizz 14” has cast iron wheels and though it takes a bit to spin down, I don’t miss the brake.


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#2 posted 11-07-2015 07:30 PM

I wish I’d ordered my Grizzly 17” with a brake. Those wheels take a long time to spin down compared to my prior Delta 14”

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#3 posted 11-10-2015 02:24 AM

Thanks for both of you letting me know what your thoughts are on this. Since I am not getting a larger band saw due to space considerations that I won’t need the blade brake, sounds like a nice option but the price difference is quite a bit.

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#4 posted 11-10-2015 02:52 AM

I have it on my Laguna 14 SUV and it saves time when say you have to stop the cut in the piece to back-up or other situations when you would rather stop the blade to replace your grip, but its not worth much if you have to pay an extra, it came standard on mine. It also ease turning the power off when your both hands are busy holding the wood after the cut.


-- PJ

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