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01-24-2010 08:26 AM

H everyone. I am looking at purchasing the Lagina lt14suv bandsaw. Has anyone used/bought this bandsaw? Any thoughts, views and reviews would be appreciated. Not sure whether to go for it or just buy a grizzly 17”. Thanks.

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#1 posted 01-24-2010 08:32 AM

Go grizzly I’ve bought a laguna 16hd and it is way over priced and the customer service is very poor.

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#2 posted 01-24-2010 04:11 PM

I’m also in the market for a bandsaw. The 14” variety! Just started my search and have been hearing some good things about the King Industrial BS ( KC1433FXR ). Have a woodshow coming up in Feb in London Ont. so will go there and check around….

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#3 posted 01-24-2010 04:22 PM

If you are going to buy a taiwan made saw, I would go Grizzly over Laguna in a heartbeat. Customer service being the key factor. Just do a search about Laguna on this website and you’ll see what I mean.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#4 posted 01-24-2010 04:59 PM

i helped a friend put his together (laguna) it was easy to tune and cut true . resawing is a snap .
i found it to be solid and very well made . not under powered , and he used it to resaw very thin pieces of hard wood with the carbide blades . he is a premier historical minature boat and ship replicator in his own right . as we only have the net to shop from and magazines to gain knowledge from and now a source like this ,
in the Miramichi N.B. , MITE AS WELL SAY Atlantic Canada . at the time laguna was one of the best choices he had . 3 years ago . but i believe its only accounts for 1/3 of the out come , in the right hands the worst tool can do amazing things , a good tool is only the begining – parctice and learn the nuances of the tool then repeat what works , but i tend to repeat what doesent lol. more than not . i like the older tools , rockwell 14” bandsaw is in my shop . I always felt if the tool is 50 years old , it would have most of the kinks out by the time i put my hands on it ,i have found that to be wrong . but i have learded how to tune and true my tools as need be and i find that is what is lacking in most tool boxes of new tools , the knowledge to fix-corect what is over looked . twanian cast is not what the machines made in canada and the usa 50 years earlier , the machining the time and pride is just not thier , so its up to us as wood wookers to first take the pride in the tools we use and then that is past on through the wood work it then can produce , repeat ,true n true again.
” i can only say 1 more thing , all tools can be streched to do more than they were designed too. but it is a plesure to use a tool that is designed for the job it was intended .”

-- Kier Mizuik,Miramichi ,New Brunswick,Canada ://

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#5 posted 01-24-2010 05:21 PM

I have the 17” Grizzly and I like it. Plenty of power, a good size table and it will take up to a 1” resaw blade. Don’t bother with their resaw fence. It’s not adjustable for drift. Make your own.

-- Measure twice, cut once, buy extra stock.

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#6 posted 01-24-2010 05:43 PM

Sorry to go against some of you. I had an 18” Grizz BS and found it to be impossible to keep in adjustment. Requests to Grizz went unanswered. There was never any tech support forthcoming. The answers I did recieve were wrong, or vague.

I gave away [as in free] the Griz BS and purchased a Laguna 16. I have not one bit of problem adjusting into precise alignment. It does not ‘drift’ out of alignment [big problem with the Griz]. It is the easiest saw ever on band saw blades.

I purchased direct from Laguna. A week after it arrived, the sales man called to inquire of work of setting up the saw. I requested a clarification and in a moment, a tech person was walking me thru a setup step I was doing incorrectly. On another occasion, I called about the Drift Master fence and again was promptly assisted in my misunderstanding.

I know the Griz is cheaper in cost, but that is the problem. It is cheap.

So the short of my opinion is: Out with Griz., Yes Laguna.

I still have one Griz tool in my shop. It is a Mortiser. It is cheesey. [i.e. cheaply made] I use it infrequently, so I endure. But it will be replaced when the time comes.

Just my 2 cents worth

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#7 posted 01-24-2010 09:59 PM

My LT-14 won’t stay started and Laguna Tools customer service is unresponsive.


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#8 posted 03-02-2010 04:18 PM

The Laguna lt14suv is running on special at this time (March Madness). They are throwing in free shipping + free 5 blades + free mobility kit. Comes to about 20% off the combined price. Just ordered one.

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#9 posted 03-06-2010 11:25 PM

I just received my Laguna LT14SUV. Actually, I found customer service to be quite helpful (I kept my salesman’s extension and contacted him directly with any questions. But on a separate issue, tech support immediately answered my questions, and when they had to check something, called back 5 minutes later with the answer). I am really enjoying my saw. I really have nothing bad to say about them. So far I’m a very happy customer.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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#10 posted 03-14-2010 05:52 AM

I have just set up a new LT14SUV and am thinking of getting a 1” carbide resaw blade. Is anyone running a 1” carbide blade on the LT14SUV?

I had read in a couple of places that it isn’t a good thing to put .035 blades on a 14” wheel because the tight radius of the wheel causes too much metal stress on that thick a blade. I think I saw someone running a Lenox Trimaster on the LT14SUV, and it is .035 thick. Anyone have experience with the metal stress issue with that blade?

I know Laguna sells their Resaw Master 1” blade for the LT14SUV. Anyone know it’s thickness? I couldn’t decipher their website info in that blade. Any problems with metal stress on that blade? It is a good bit more expensive than the Trimaster.

So far, so good with the bandsaw. The difference between this one and my old 1/2 HP Delta 14” is remarkable. Very pleased with it.

Thanks for your help.


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