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01-20-2018 02:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: fusion f2 laguna

I’m thinking of purchasing the Fusion F2 and wanted to hear what you guys thought of it first. Any thoughts? The cabinet mounted trunnion seems like it makes it a good option for a hybrid saw. Trying to save money of course and I have a small hobby shop.

Thanks for an input,
Mark


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#1 posted 01-20-2018 02:21 PM

The biggest knock on the Fusion is the two-piece aluminum front rail…not desirable for a saw in this price range. The Jet Proshop has a very similar trunnion design and a better steel fence in the same price range. Jet’s customer service also enjoys a better reputation.

If you have 220v, I’d look into one of the Grizzly 3hp industrial cabinet saws (G1023RL, G0690). Much more significant saw in a similar price range or not much more. If you don’t have 220v, I’d even consider of the Grizzly hybrids as a better value than the Fusion.

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#2 posted 01-24-2018 12:52 AM

Thanks for the input. I will be looking at the grizzly line.

Mark

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#3 posted 01-24-2018 01:13 AM

I have the Grizzly G1023RLWX. I have had it for over a year now. Still love the saw and very pleased with it. Delivery from Grizzly can be difficult but I plan to continue purchasing from them.

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#4 posted 02-20-2018 04:04 AM

New here but recently took delivery of a Fusion F2 so wanted to chime in. I’ll write up a more complete review at some point but I was searching on this very topic to see if my experience with the F2 so far was common and I thought it was worthwhile to share my take.

In short, I really cannot recommend the Laguna F2. Mostly, I think that has to do with value – it’s just not a very good value compared to others on the market. If this saw was sub $1k, I would probably speak much more highly of it because it is a “nice” saw. I paid full price plus delivery and was happy to based on what I thought I was getting. I just didn’t do enough research.

First thing you need to know is that the cabinet is not really a cabinet – there is no bottom on it. So, sawdust just falls to shop floor and you actually have to move the saw to clean it up. You could take the time unscrew the access panel (no quick latch or hinges to help you there) but it’s easier to move the saw.

Second, the fence system is not up to par for the price point. Not terrible but not great – the entire table (read: cast iron wing) flexes when you lock it down. Literally, the table is dead flat until you lock down the fence – at which time the right wing drops down and causes a crown effect in the blade path. Also, my fence gauge is not accurate – off by 1/16” of an inch across the length – kind of a big deal but I can buy a new gauge strip for under $10. Without that, I have to do the old tape measure to the blade for every cut – not a “feature” you want in a new saw at this price point.

Third, I think the motor has issues. I have the table and fence fine tuned and have measured almost no arbor runout, etc but I am getting the saw bogging down when ripping 3/4 birch plywood. That’s with a brand new Freud 50 tooth combo blade (regular kerf). 20 amp circuit, 10 gauge extension cord. A well tuned saw with a very good blade should not bog down on 3/4 plywood in my opinion.

So, this post ended up being longer than I wanted but there are some good things – the 36” capacity is great, it’s very smooth (nickel test is rock solid) and the table top is very nice – oh, and shipping/setup was easy. Here’s the thing… at this price point, there are better options out there. This saw should be under or at $1k and I would forgive a lot of this.

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