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Forum topic by Big_T posted 08-13-2016 10:52 PM 1256 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2016 10:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw band warranty resaw re-saw hp question

Is there something better for the $1100 price?

What I don’t like is the wimpy 1 year warranty, other than that I like everything else.

Other question is do I have to buy the $150 Laguna mobile base or can I get any other brand?

Laguna PROS:
13” resaw capable

6” resaw fence

21×16 table


Other models I have looked at:
Grizzly 0513ANV = black is good color minus all the decals
JET 14DXPRO (#710116k) = 5 year warranty, but I don’t like the design or the color.


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#1 posted 08-13-2016 11:46 PM

I like the 14/twelve because the fit and finish is better than most other modestly priced brands and everything about it just works nicely. It has ceramic blade guides rather than the more typical roller bearings. I consider this a major advantage. I have both types of saws. You can certainly buy a different mobile base for it but you may not be happy with it. The Laguna casters can be engaged and disengaged easily with one foot. The others I have used require you to bend over and rotate a jack screw or move a couple of cam levers with your hands.

I am sure the Grizzly is a good saw for the money because of the reputation it has on this website and others. I don’t believe the warranty is any longer than Laguna’s.

The Jet is probably a good saw too but I’ve never heard any owners mention it. The saw is cast iron instead of the more modern welded steel frame. It has a 1-1/4 horsepower motor, which is quite small for a saw in this class.

The Laguna 14/twelve goes on sale fairly often for around $1000.

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#2 posted 08-14-2016 01:22 AM

It’s my first bandsaw so I have nothing to compare and I appreciate your help.

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#3 posted 08-14-2016 01:33 AM

I bought the Laguna 1412 last winter. I actually think I would prefer the roller bearing guides to the ceramic ones, it is a very nice saw though. I think they could also add a two inch or so fence but I can make one of those. As for the roller wheels I wouldn’t buy them. Our local wood working store has carpeting on the floor and when I tried to roll it the saw kind of tipped because it is only three wheels. While I don’t have carpet in my shop the concrete is not all that smooth or level so I bought the Rockler All Terrain Mobile Base. It works extremely well and is very solid, the price did go up though, I think last year it was $199 and I got a deal for I think $159.


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#4 posted 08-14-2016 03:21 AM

That base is now $230, kinda overkill with 800# capacity. I did not notice the 3 wheels so thanks for pointing that out.

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#5 posted 08-14-2016 03:54 AM

It is very sturdy and I would buy it again at the price I purchased it at but I think at $230 they have raised it too high. The high capacity just makes it easy to roll because nothing is binding, bowing or near its capacity.

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#6 posted 08-14-2016 07:02 AM

OK I just placed my order for the 1412 plus the OE mobile base. Amazon is running a special 12 mo finance at 0% plus free shipping. The reviews for the universal ones seemed so-so and then I decided to cry once since it will be a selling point if I don’t like WW as much as I think I will. Scheduled delivery for next Saturday.

Now I need to figure which blades to get and who has the best deal. I don’t have any intentions to re-saw right now since I won’t be making cabinet veneers for the next 3-6 months until I get comfy with it. So what do you LJs recommend?

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#7 posted 08-14-2016 06:26 PM

“Now I need to figure which blades to get and who has the best deal.”

Which blade depends on the radius that you want to cut and the thickness of material. I generally keep a 3/8” or 1/2” 3TPI blade on the saw, and I can cut just about anything with that. For tight curves I need to make some relief cuts, but this is a great general purpose approach. The 1/2” 3TPI blade is actually great for occasional resawing as well, even up to the full resaw height capacity of your saw if you take your time (a 1/2” blade will wander a bit if you push it to hard). I only put a bigger resaw blade (Resaw King) on when I’m doing a larger resaw job which is pretty rare for me.

I’m partial to Tiberwolf blades, but there are other good choices out there as well.

-- PaulMayer,

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