Laguna 14"SUV or a Grizzly 513X2B?

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Forum topic by Gary2 posted 04-30-2010 05:41 AM 2731 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-30-2010 05:41 AM

I am in total paralysis about which to buy. Not enough cost difference make a difference to me, anyone have any thoughts?

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#1 posted 04-30-2010 06:25 AM

I own products from both companies and in the customer service department Grizzy wins hands down

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#2 posted 04-30-2010 07:10 AM

Gary2, Be sure to read all reviews about the saw your wanting. Laguna has serious customer service issues, read my review under (You don’t get what you paid for! ).

-- Barry, Louisiana

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#3 posted 04-30-2010 01:18 PM

Gary, I haven’t seen any negative reviews on the Grizzly, I have the 513×2 ( without the brake ) and love it. There are a few niggling things – like the screws to lock the blade guides are hex not tool less, by that is pretty common and you can change them out most of them for thumbscrews. I thought about the brake , but honestly don’t think I would ever use it, so if you can get the x3, I would buy that and spend the savings on blades.

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#4 posted 04-30-2010 03:10 PM

Grizzly! I hve several Grizzly tools and have had great luck with them.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#5 posted 05-04-2010 09:22 PM

I’d go with the Grizzly stuff every day of the week.

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#6 posted 05-05-2010 01:38 AM

I would agree with everyone here , Grizzly makes a good product for the money and the reviews speak volumes about them . A friend of mine bought a Laguna 14” last year , he gave up a 18” Steal City BS for it , ( which I now own ) he loves the new BS .

If you read the Laguna reviews they aren’t the greatest . Depending how close I live to Laguna would be my deciding factor on buying one . That way if I did have problems I would show up on their doorstep. :)

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#7 posted 05-05-2010 02:27 AM

I don’t own tools from either company, but every bandsaw review I’ve read rates the Lagunas at the top of the “Best Tool” list. The Grizzly stuff is also very highly rated, so if Laguna’s customer service is as crappy as I’ve heard, you may be better off with the Griz.

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#8 posted 05-05-2010 02:57 AM

GRIZZLY….if you only have those two to decide between. Laguna used to have a great machine but they have outsourced to China (as have most of the other companies) which caused their quality to tank badly – Grizzly makes them there too but their qua….then they have the customer support nightmares that I have read several times on these blogs and many of the other sites that I follow or visit. Until you hear of a major improvement in reviews – Laguna is a DO NOT BUY rating as far as I have heard.

If you want other choices look at Delta, Jet or Powermatic – Rikon is making inroads these days also.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#9 posted 05-05-2010 12:15 PM

I agree with reggiek,

i also walk up to grizzly tools everyday. I am extremely fussy with my tools, how thier built, ease of operation and just peer performance. I love thier customer service, I’ve purchased very expensive tools from them and if thier was ever a issue they simply sent me what I needed fast!!! Like via- overnite. Very proud to have the bears in the basement. GRIZZ!!!!

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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