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Roger

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11-11-2016 02:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

I don’t have any Laguna tools or equipment, but, this seems like it might be a very good deal? What’s your opinions of this bandsaw Thnx for the looks and your opinions. Here’s the link:
http://www.lagunabandsaws.com/store/laguna-mband1412-175-14-12-bandsaw

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com


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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 11-11-2016 02:40 PM

I think the Grizzly G0555 is a better deal. I don’t know anything about Laguna tools but it looks well made if you want to spend the bucks. The one thing that I wondered about is that handwheel right under the top wheel and in the space where some tall work might be block. That was the first thing I saw when I looked at it.

My 2 cents worth…............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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DrDirt

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#2 posted 11-11-2016 02:56 PM

Looks Nice – - in making comparisons, remember that you would have a 14 inch bandsaw that already has the riser block installed – - and that being “Built to start with” with that resaw capacity is likely better aligned and robust than a saw like my Delta with a 6 inch iron block inserted, and a flimsy 2 piece blade guard to accomodate the height.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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lew

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#3 posted 11-11-2016 03:41 PM

I’ve heard Laguna stuff is well made and their customer service is really good, too. I don’t have any of their equipment to be able to give first hand advice, however.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Porchfish

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#4 posted 11-11-2016 03:43 PM

I am a Laguna Tool Fan. I have had better customer service from Laguna than I ever did from Grizzly. their 14/12 bandsaw is terrific. Grizzly cannot come close to the Laguna REVO 18-36 Lathe either. (I love it) Good luck with whatever you decide on.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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recycle1943

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#5 posted 11-11-2016 04:42 PM

for twice the price of a Grizzly GO555 I’m pretty sure I would go with the Grizzly BUT since you posted this query, I’m betting you’ve already made up your mind on purchasing the Laguna and you’re just testing the water.
I have a GO555 and am happy with it – regarding customer service, if you have a quality product you won’t have to deal with customer service with any tool.
all of the above is jmho

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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duckmilk

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#6 posted 11-11-2016 04:50 PM

I have heard good things about Laguna. On the other hand, my son has the Grizzly with the riser kit and uses it extensively building guitars. His only problem was discovering which brand of resaw blade worked best for him.

Is this a good deal? The wheel base and light are accessories which add $250 if you want them. There is no blade included (which may not be a big deal).

I agree with Jim Jakosh that the blade tensioning wheel is in a stupid place. With the quick release lever in the back, the wheel should have been put in an out of the way place.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#7 posted 11-11-2016 04:54 PM

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andy_P

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#8 posted 11-11-2016 06:20 PM

I say buy the best tool you can afford. My Grizzly works well considering the difference in cost as compared to a Laguna. Another thing I think of when buying a tool is….........how long am I going to be around?......LOL.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 11-11-2016 07:49 PM

Well, it looks like this is a choice of Chevy Camaro vs low-end Cadillac…

If you have the $$ to do it… and you think you would be happier driving the Cadillac,

GO FOR IT... otherwise, enjoy the Camaro…

It’s your choice…

BOTH are very good choices…

I think you will Jump on this one… It has a good resaw fence & capacity… and other subtle features that add-up to a NICE COOL tool.

Have FUN choosing…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Mork

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#10 posted 11-11-2016 10:07 PM

I’m fairly certain its a good band saw. I’ve got a little 12 Craftsman that does fantastic. It’s probably 60 years old and fully restored. Like Joe said, if it’s within your budget, go for it. I don’t do much re-saw work so I can’t imagine it being a good choice for me. My personal priority would be to have a top notch table saw (absolutely with a riving knife), a nice drill press, stationary sander, horizontal boring machine, router table and then band saw.

I’ve got the table saw (Jet) without the riving knife :o( , a chinese drill press (desperately need a better one), the sander and I built a boring machine and router table.

I’m thinking about building a band saw… I’ve got 2 perfect 17” wheels… industrial surplus… Gotta put them to good use if you know what I mean!

Good luck with the drill press!

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Mork

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

Roger, I see you are in KY, where abouts? I’m in Glasgow.

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Tooch

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#12 posted 11-11-2016 11:21 PM

Roger,

I actually bought this machine about 2 years ago and can say it works great. It’s heavy duty, and the blade tracking will keeps the cut straight even through thick/dense woods.

Admittedly, I only use mine for straight cuts or resaw operations, so I cannot attest to making things with curved cuts like bandsaw boxes.

The detractions for me are the dust port (4”, no 2-1/2” port available) and the on/off switch (you have to pull the switch for on, which is kinda flimsy). Also, the anodized aluminum table insert means that if your blade travels on a thick resaw, you will see sparks (don’t ask how I know this).

Good luck with you decision and purchase. I think either way you’ll be pleased.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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Picken5

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#13 posted 11-13-2016 01:09 AM

Roger,

I got one of these last year. It works great. It did take me a while to get used to the ceramic blade guides — a bit tricky to line up when changing blades, but I started using a dollar bill as a spacer and it’s much easier now. I did have a couple of issues with the fence. For one, it wasn’t vertically square with the table, plus it wasn’t flat. I called Laguna CS and one of their tech support guys called me back the next morning. He told me that the manual didn’t mention it but there are adjustment screws on the back of the fence support bracket that allowed me to adjust the fence square — and they worked fine. When we discussed that the fence wasn’t flat, he said that was pretty unusual since it was made from extruded aluminum. I agreed it seemed unlikely, but it definitely wasn’t flat. So they shipped me a new fence, which was fine. I’ve heard bad things about their customer service, but my experience has been pretty good. I also bought one of their dust collectors and had a good experience when I had a minor issue with that. But I will say that the manual for the dust collector sucks. I mean, I figured out how to assemble it as I’m sure you would have. But you may need an extra dose of patience getting one of their tools assembled and adjusted correctly. The band saw manual wasn’t too bad.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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Roger

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#14 posted 11-13-2016 01:30 PM

Thnx for everyones comments. I’m not looking for a bandsaw, but, this came across my eye and I thought I’d throw it out there for opinions. I appreciate everybodies 2-cents. Everyone, work/play safe. Keep those dust collectors fed.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#15 posted 11-14-2016 04:56 AM

OK Roger, I thought you were going to say that you BOUGHT it!

... OK, when are you going to Buy it?!

I feel that it’s really knawing at ur gut… :)
... You KNOW you would LIKE it… No question about that, right?

Let’s see… Christmas is coming… a Birthday perhaps… wouldn’t be hard to get a good excuse to DO IT! :)

Have fun, Roger…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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