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Sooner90

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01-01-2018 05:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

Looking to buy a new bandsaw! Been looking at the Jet 15” 1-3/4 hp and the Laguna 14 BX 1-3/4 hp! The Jet is so much heavier built. The Laguna has the ceramic guides which I don’t know if they are good or not. They look fragile to me and expensive to replace. Any suggestions?


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Loren

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#1 posted 01-01-2018 05:33 PM

I suspect the Laguna guides may be somewhat
gimmicky innovation, but I haven’t heard they
are fragile and they do work well. I’ve seen them
in action.

Roller guides can be a hassle too. Some people
do just fine with old fashioned guide blocks.

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Sooner90

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#2 posted 01-01-2018 06:42 PM

The Jet also has a 5 year warranty and the Laguna has a 1 year

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#3 posted 01-01-2018 06:58 PM

Rikon 10-326

Yes, I did make this assessment and choice, and bought the 10-326 over the other two mentioned.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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Sooner90

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#4 posted 01-01-2018 07:03 PM

How do you like the Rikon?

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#5 posted 01-01-2018 08:01 PM

I have 3 bandsaws, and have always wanted a Laguna. The ceramic guides are really nice, and the ease of changing a blade is real nice.

With that being said, I’d ask what’s your budget? I’ve got a 1934 Delta 14” I got for a couple hundred on CL and put some new guides on it and it is a champ for small work and curve cutting.

I also have a Grizly 17” HD BS with a resaw king blade set up for resaw work.

I think the big advantage if you have a single bandsaw is set up time. It’s a PIA to change over blades adjust for drift etc.

If money is no object, I’d go laguna. Or, do as I did and get two and set each up for the two major operations a bandsaw performs.

Good luck

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#6 posted 01-01-2018 09:10 PM

I really like everything about the Rikon. I added it to my shop which already had my ca. 25 year old 12” Craftsman bandsaw. The 10-326 works nicely on an HTC mobile base.

I was able to go personally look at all these saws (and more) at three different shops in Houston. For my engineering background-based assessment, the Rikon had the best combination of features, and the price was comparable or less.

I found the current Rikon blade guide adjustment system to be very impressive, and thoughtfully designed. For every user that says they prefer ceramic guides, there are equal votes for the ball bearing types. It’s really a push, and I cannot see any reason to think the ceramic guides are superior to good bearing guides. Yes, they could be just as good, but better …?

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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Sooner90

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#7 posted 01-01-2018 09:25 PM

Thanks Jim! I will check it out.

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#8 posted 01-01-2018 09:29 PM

My last bandsaw was a Powermatic 15”. It has ball bearing roller type guides and I like the saw. I looked very hard at the Laguna which was my other choice. I looked even harder at those ceramic guides. Looks and seems like a good idea, but it has a drawback that was a deal breaker for me. The ceramic guides are expensive to replace and unless I got bad info you cannot buy them individually. You have to buy the entire set for the saw.

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Sooner90

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#9 posted 01-01-2018 09:47 PM

Bonesbr549,

I to have 30 yr old craftsman and want to have a one saw only due to my shop size! I have a budget of about $1500. I like the Jet for its olid frame. The Laguna is one that I have looked and I like that brake. The upper housing looks far lighter made than the Jet. I think I will check out the Rikon before I buy.

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Sooner90

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#10 posted 01-01-2018 09:49 PM

MSINC,

I have the same thoughts about the ceramics guides. I really don’t know of any drawbacks to the bearings!

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#11 posted 01-01-2018 10:50 PM

I have a rikon 10-325 with a resaw king blade on it and a 14” porter cable I purchased at Lowe’s for$399 with a carter guide for scrolling and an 1/8” blade. This is a great setup for me because I resaw all the time and the porter cable is used when I need to cut curves.

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Sooner90

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#12 posted 01-02-2018 12:37 AM

Woodmaster1, that is what I would like to do, unfortunately I don’t have room for two saws.

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#13 posted 01-02-2018 01:00 AM

Jet man Jet!

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#14 posted 01-02-2018 01:25 AM

Pontic, thanks!

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#15 posted 01-02-2018 01:29 AM

I hate bearings. Dust cakes up on them and pushes the guides out. I really hate them. Noisy as hell too.

Not knowing anything about the ceramic I’d use them. I’d prefer plain hss blocks though.

Having a resaw and a scrolling bandsaw setup is awesome.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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