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Forum topic by Andybb posted 10-28-2017 10:58 PM 1800 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-28-2017 10:58 PM

Based on reviews I thought I had decided on a Laguna 14/12. But after inspecting both of them in-store I think I’m leaning towards the Powermatic instead. Online the Laguna looked nice, but, in person I was disappointed. The PM on the other hand seemed more substantial and better made. Apparently PM will have a black Friday sale with 15% off and the guy said he’d include the riser block at no charge. That actually makes the $1225 PM a little less than the Laguna. Any thoughts from any of you bandsaw aficionados?

Brad??

I also didn’t realize that the same company makes both Jet and PM. He said he thinks the best castings get made into PM saws and the rest become Jets. Does anybody know if that is really the case? Inquiring minds want to know.

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#1 posted 10-28-2017 11:05 PM

Powermatic used to be known for aging “green”
castings for a long time before machining them.
The tables were expected to be flatter than
the competition’s, Delta specifically.

If I were buying a new band saw today I would
almost certainly buy a steel frame one and buy
the one in my price range that could take the
widest blades.

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#2 posted 10-28-2017 11:10 PM


If I were buying a new band saw today I would
almost certainly buy a steel frame one and buy
the one in my price range that could take the
widest blades.

- Loren

Thanks Loren. So are you saying the Laguna is steel framed and the better choice, or have I opened the proverbial personal choice can of worms? Steel frame versus cast iron band saws

-- Andybb - GO HAWKS!

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#3 posted 10-28-2017 11:53 PM

Today 2017 – Laguna band saw, without a second thought.

Time travel back before the Laguna was introduced- the game in town was the Power Matic 14” with a riser block. The Power Matic was touted by Wood Whisperer and Charles Neil – (easily verified on You Tube)
I own the “touted” version- the purchase at the time, good choice. Andy, today go and personally compare the 2 products.

I would love to hear from either the Whisperer or Charles Neil, what their thoughts are on their recommendations from then to today?

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#4 posted 10-29-2017 12:23 AM

I dunno. I’m not obsessed with resaw capacity.
I don’t really turn and I think resawing anything
wider than about 6” is a pain in the butt to
get set up. Wide resaw cuts can be prone to
error. The blade can belly in the cut for example.
I just don’t think it is fun to do and wide resawn
parts tend to cup. If I were cutting veneers I
would rather rip the source boards and make a
twice as many 3” or 4” cuts than one 7 or 8” cuts.
Your access to good wood is also a factor. It
doesn’t grow anywhere near me so while I can
get most anything, it’s not cheap. I can see resawing
5 or 6/4 wood for drawer boxes but I seldom make
anything out of wood if I’m not being paid to do it
and plywood is just so much easier to use.

I have a Hitachi resaw now, runs a 3” wide blade,
which is ridiculous, but it’s a lot easier to set up.

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#5 posted 10-29-2017 12:30 AM

I think the Reliant 16” Was the best saw for the money. Still got mine. Going on 3oyrs now. Takes 1” blades.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#6 posted 10-29-2017 05:04 PM

Thanks guys. I’m back on the Laguna after a couple of hours of OCD type research. Steel frame. No riser block etc. Kind of like an iron car frame vs unibody construction. Modern improvements.

-- Andybb - GO HAWKS!

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