|Forum topic by Mark A||posted 03-20-2016 03:59 AM||798 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
03-20-2016 03:59 AM
I’ve watched and read a lot of glowing reviews for the Laguna 14 Twelve bandsaw, most of which give particularly high praise to the blade guides. But I’ve owned the 14 Twelve myself for just over two years and I have to say I HATE the blade guides! My experience is so opposite that of others that I have to wonder if my blade guides are defective or they’ve been redesigned since I bought my 14 Twelve.
The biggest problem is that no matter how hard I torque down on the knobs that “lock” the guides in position, I can easily knock them out of position by simply pressing sideways on the blade, which in turn exerts a sideways force against the guides and pushes them out of positions. But this is precisely like the blade deflection the guides are supposed to prevent. In other words, the guides do not keep the blade from deflecting. Instead, they just move out of position and leave a huge gap between the blade and the guide blocks.
I’ve cranked down so hard on the knobs that I’ve actually made my fingers bleed, and that’s still not tight enough. The problem, as I see it, is that the guide components are made of smooth, slick, anodized aluminum, and there simply isn’t enough friction between mating surfaces to keep the guides in adjustment when subjected to normal operating forces.
Have any other Laguna 14 Twelve bandsaw owners experienced this same issue? If so, have you or Laguna come up with a fix for it? Or am I the only one who hates the guide blocks on this bandsaw?