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Forum topic by Antlers posted 06-14-2016 04:04 PM 559 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Antlers

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06-14-2016 04:04 PM

Hi all! I hate to start my first post with questions , but I’m looking to buy a bandsaw and wood werks in Ohio has a good deal on a Laguna. I just never heard anything about the store. Any feed back?


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#1 posted 06-14-2016 04:32 PM

Hi Welcome to Ljs
I’ve had very bad customer service problems with laguna and also with their tools. Takes a look on line at Grizzly and Rickon Bandsaws they have very good tool at reasonable prices. Check out the reviews here on them also.
Best of luck.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Antlers

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#2 posted 06-14-2016 04:34 PM

Thank you, any input on wood werks? I haven’t heard about them till recently. They popped up on a search.

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 06-14-2016 04:55 PM

Woodwerks is a top quality retailer that has excellent service….and the price to go along with it. But they have pretty much anything you want. They were on my list of places to buy my last table saw, but Swastop started offering the ICS on the internet and so I ordered one. Woodwerks is about 100 miles (one way) from me, so anything I get there can’t be one of those “I’ll just pop out and get it” trips. Every year during the Columbus Woodworking show they stage their own competing event. A lot of guys prefer what they do to the one at the fairgrounds.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Antlers

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#4 posted 06-14-2016 05:00 PM

What issues have you had with Laguna? I heard they are better now?

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#5 posted 06-14-2016 05:02 PM

While Laguna has poor service ratings, their bandsaws are top notch. I own the 16” Laguna and am very happy with it, but customer service has always been lacking. If I were you, I’d stay as far away from Rikon bandsaws as I could, had the 18” and it was junk. Have fun, make some dust.

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#6 posted 06-14-2016 05:27 PM

My problems with Laguna started when the sales person said that the 16hd I ended up buying had a quick release for the blade,once I received it,it not only did not have a release but it had missing parts and the table looked like it had been ground with a 24 grit sander .When contacting them about it the lie they said that wasn’t true and that the table meet industry standards,they said they would not take it back. After months of calls and emails, I finally received the missing parts after paying for them. Keep in mind that Laguna sells different grades of Band Saws one made in Italy and one made in China,most of the time you see them on sale they’re the Chinese version.
I have not owned a Rikon Bandsaw but have seen many positive reviews on them,but I have owned many Grizzly tools including their band saw which was priced well and gave me good service until I spent $1500 over what I could have paid for a grizzly on the laguna saw of the same size I bought to replace the smaller Grizzly. I bought the laguna because of all of their hype about their “great” Band saw . Buy what you want to just realize your probably not getting the same saw that others have purchased that were made in Italy with their big price tag.
Best of luck.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Antlers

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#7 posted 06-14-2016 06:49 PM

Thank you. I am aware it’s a Chinese version. I’ve read mostly good reviews. I would prefer to spend less and get the grizzly but he 3.5” extra resaw and 4 HP motor attract me. I could buy the 0636x grizzly bu it’s 2600. I’ve been researching for months and can’t make a decision.. so nerve racking. I like the 514×2b I’m just afraid to be limited with the 12” resaw. I want to quarter logs with my Alaskan mill and then quarter saw on the bandsaw.

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UpstateNYdude

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#8 posted 06-14-2016 07:43 PM

If you’re laying down that kind of money why not just buy a bandsaw mill? You can buy the lower end Hudson’s for like $1500-2000. That’d be a hell of alot easier then trying to push some huge ass log across a bandsaw table, but just my opinion. Take it from me I owned the Grizzly G0514×2 good saw lots of power, but the finish on it it kind of sucked and alot of the parts feel cheap the tension adjustment is absolute garbage IMO.

I know Jim said he hates Laguna but I since sold off the Grizzly and purchased the Laguna 14bx 220v and it is every bit as good as the grizzly and the finish is far superior. The tension dial is actually accurate and the everything is much smoother including the foot brake, where I had to wait even putting full pressure on the Grizzly it would still take the blade 4-5 seconds to stop, with the Laguna it cuts power and its almost instant.

Maybe I’m knit picky and someone will probably come along and point out price tags blah blah blah but if I’m paying for it I better like it and want to use it not be hassled by setup and misalignment every time I use something.

Just my 2 cents…

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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Antlers

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#9 posted 06-14-2016 07:52 PM

It’s not all I plan so I kind of want to multitask it. I want to build bandsaw boxes furniture etc.

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brtech

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#10 posted 06-14-2016 08:11 PM

I have a relatively new 14 twelve Laguna, which I think is an excellent bandsaw. I have had one occasion to call for tech support, had a small issue getting to talk to someone to help, but after that, got excellent support. While I did worry some about the reports of poor support, I really think I got great value for what I paid. I did consider the Griz and the Rikon, but in the end, the Laguna saw turned out to be best for me.

You don’t need the dealer once you get the saw, unless you actually want to return it, and they will let you do that. I’ve heard good things about Wood Werks, but if they have what you want at the right price, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy the saw from them. My 14 Twelve came from Woodcraft, on sale, and free shipping.

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#11 posted 06-14-2016 08:41 PM

A little bit of a misquote Nick,I seldom use the word “hate” but I was treated very badly so I feel obligated to let people know when folks are considering Laguna products . We all have our choices of what we want in the way of tools and companies ,I fault no one for buying whatever brand and company they chose,we all have different standards some folks who have never owned a particular tool before think that the cheapest crummiest tools out there are great because they have nothing else to compare it to and others who have far more experienced than I do, think my best choice would never work for them.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Antlers

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#12 posted 06-23-2016 12:51 AM

I decided to go with the laguna. I thought it had the best features. I should be getting it this week. Ill keep everyone posted on my experiences

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#13 posted 06-23-2016 11:24 PM

I recently purchased my saw stop from wood werks, they are excellent to deal with, and if you don’t live in ohio you will save on the sales tax.

-- Life Begins @ 190 MPH

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