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Forum topic by TEON78 posted 02-15-2016 04:48 PM 764 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TEON78

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02-15-2016 04:48 PM

O.K., Here’s the deal – I’m on the very threshold of purchasing my first band saw that can actually RESAW over six inches worth of stock. In particular, I’m eye-balling the offering in the 14” band saw category. I’d prefer to stay in the $1500.00 range. I’ve been reading a number of disparaging reviews concerning “Laguna Band saws” i.e. 14/12 or the 14BX. However, I’ve also watched a number of YouTube video reviews that cast them in a high quality light. It seems that most of the concerns revolve around poor customer service. I’d really like to know if anyone owns one of these machines, and maybe get a feel for the actual performance indicators from no kidding wood cutting users?


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waho6o9

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#1 posted 02-15-2016 04:55 PM

Welcome to Lumberjacks TEON78!

“Where’s All The Love For “Laguna Band Saws”?

IDK maybe read this first;
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/38576

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ravensrock

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#2 posted 02-15-2016 07:08 PM

I’ve had the Laguna 14/12 for about a year now and it’s been great. I’ve used it mostly for resawing to this point. Haven’t had to deal with customer service so can’t comment on that. But I know when I was researching band saws this one was at the top of a lot of lists for the price.

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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ThomasChippendale

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#3 posted 02-15-2016 08:17 PM

I have the 14SUV since over a year now and it can realy resaw, I’ve resawn Ipe, Padauk, Cherry in slices to make my own veneers for doors and table tops, I’ve done laminated curves glued straight from the band saw with perfect joints. Customer service has been excellent, they replaced a faulty motor within a week from reception. Using the ResawKing blade, I sometimes prefer the bandsaw to the table saw as I get less waste and safer cuts when resawing at 45 degrees with as good a surface finish as the tablesaw.

-- PJ

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Aj2

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#4 posted 02-15-2016 08:52 PM

If you really want to get a Laguna saw for resawing look at the 16hd or 18hd..It will properly tension any decent blade.And make he 14 inch saws look like a toy.

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bigJohninvegas

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#5 posted 02-15-2016 09:41 PM

I too am looking to buy a better band saw this year.
I have used a laguna, and a jet 14”, and a jet 18”.
All three worked great. After reading more reviews than I can count, I am going to go with the jet JWBS-14SF. Everything I have read about the jet jas been good. And a friend bought one last year. I have been able to use it to do some resaw work, and am very impressed with it. Jet runs a 15% off sale a few times a year. Get the free shipping and that makes it about $1360.00

-- John

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AlaskaGuy

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#6 posted 02-15-2016 11:37 PM


If you really want to get a Laguna saw for resawing look at the 16hd or 18hd..It will properly tension any decent blade.And make he 14 inch saws look like a toy.

- Aj2

That’s because they toys are in comparison.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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ThomasChippendale

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#7 posted 02-16-2016 01:33 AM

If Teon’s budget doubles and more he could get any larger bandsaw but for a little more than 1500 bucks, he can get a 14 inches SUV and he can tension it as much as the one inch blade can whitstand, being a 14 inches it is inherently stiffer and meant for resawing.

-- PJ

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