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sgmdwk

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12-23-2015 11:32 PM

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OK, I have happily used a Craftsman 113 saw I purchased new in 1989, but it has finally let me down. I am considering replacing it with a Laguna Tools Fusion Series 1-3/4HP Tablesaw I like that the trunnion is mounted to the frame, not the table top, so alignment is easier than on most contractor saws. The enclosed cabinet is appealing, too, since I also hope to buy my first dust collection system. I have also considered a Grizzly 0690 cabinet saw, but the weight puts me off a bit. I ghave to move this thing around and assemble it by myself.

Anyway, the reviews I have seen on the Laguna saw are pretty good, but I wonder what you guys think, if you have experience with this make. And please, don’t tell me to buy a SawStop instead. I am sure they are great saws, but I can’t afford one.

-- Dave K.


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#1 posted 12-24-2015 02:53 AM

It’s like comparing an S10 to a Silverado 3500. The G0690 is far more substantial….its nearly identical to the Laguna Platinum cabinet saw. That extra weight comes from much beefier underpinnings. You’d be passing up an industrial style cabinet saw with nearly twice the power for a hybrid saw with a lesser fence….not to mention that Laguna doesn’t exactly enjoy a stellar customer service reputation. I really don’t think weight will pose much of an issue….hate to see you pass on the superior saw because of that.


If you still want to get a saw like the Fusion, I’d at least look into the Baleigh version of the same saw, or possibly the Jet Proshop that’s similar but has a better fence.

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#2 posted 12-24-2015 03:01 AM

Grizzly.

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#3 posted 12-24-2015 03:02 AM

I like that the trunnion is mounted to the frame, not the table top, so alignment is easier than on most contractor saws.
- sgmdwk

Do you really care ? You are not going to tune it on a daily basis.

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#4 posted 12-24-2015 03:29 AM

I wouldn’t worry about weight. Get a mobile base for whichever table saw your purchase.

-- Julian

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#5 posted 12-24-2015 10:36 PM

Thanks for the input, guys.

-- Dave K.

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#6 posted 12-25-2015 12:14 AM

I suggest you follow Knotscott’s advise Grizzly has a much better customer service than laguna,and Scott is always right on top of Table saws and other equipment’s information.

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#7 posted 12-25-2015 12:44 AM

I have a Laguna LT1800 which has been replaced once due to vibration issues. I hate the Laguna and regret purchasing it every day. Their customer service is garbage. While it does what I need it to do, I still hate it. Once you have to call their support you will understand.

No problems with Grizzly.

I use a 1940’s unisaw that I bought for $300 and had saw center rebuild the arbor. Makes great cuts but doesn’t have a lot of frills.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 12-25-2015 03:27 AM

Laguna gave me excellent customer service when I needed it on my bandsaw, a new motor arrived free within a week. But in my life of woodworking, its the first time I ever asked something to customer service of any tool I ever bought !!! For the table saw, I have a unisaw, without frills, and it cuts perfectly with little to go wrong.

-- PJ

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