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Forum topic by pierce85 posted 05-31-2011 08:49 PM 2527 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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pierce85

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05-31-2011 08:49 PM

I’ve been watching some of the videos on Laguna bandsaws, and Torben Helshoj is a delight to watch and funny. In one of the videos, he talks briefly about shop safety and says – “If you are a hippy, you should be aware that your hair can be a hazard too.” I about spit my coffee across the room.

In any event, I’m saving up my nickels for a Laguna bandsaw… okay, maybe quarters if I want to get one in my lifetime. :-)


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#1 posted 05-31-2011 08:54 PM

I almost pulled the trigger on the Rikon 10-325 last month…and am glad I halted that order since the Woodcraft $200 discount was recently announced. However, I’m kinda holding out for a Laguna…and the longer I go, the more I think I’ll have one in the shop.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 09:41 PM

They are so nice and Torben Helshoj is a great spokesperson for his products. I really like the videos explaining the machines, their design, taking them apart to show how they function, etc. Maybe I’m an easy target, but these type of in-depth demonstrations are what convince me. Of course their high ratings help a lot too. ;-)

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#3 posted 05-31-2011 09:51 PM

I don’t mean to play devil’s advocate and Helshoj is an absolute hoot. Laguna tools are definitely sexy, but be forewarned about their marketing strategies. They are prone to pester unmercifully. This may not bother you, but it drove me crazy until I went with another brand. I’ve heard very little bad about the saw once it’s actually been purchased. Just a simple heads-up so you’re not boggled by it:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 09:58 PM

I have had problems with Laguna in the past but they have contacted me about working them out. PM me to see what happens , you can check the reviews to see what’s gone on in the past.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 05-31-2011 10:01 PM

^I was aware of yours and others, A1. I really WANTED the tool (the 18) and wasn’t disinclined to spend the cash (a lot of it); I just got that “collection agency” vibe. Sad, really, because I hold their tools in very high regard. Also PM August, III. He’s had dealings as well, but his table saw is sure awesome to look at:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 05-31-2011 10:15 PM

well he is Dane so no wonder here why he is goooood ….... LOL
and laguna tools is maybee the world best but that doesn´t help
if they don´t stand by there products in the service department

just my ½ cent
Dennis

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#7 posted 05-31-2011 10:19 PM

Cool… thanks for the heads up. I won’t be in the market for one for some time but it’s good to know all facets of a company/product before jumping in.

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#8 posted 06-01-2011 03:12 AM

Danes can be very funny. My father had a wicked sense of humor. Perhaps some of Victor Borge rubbed off on him from the days when he used to perform at my Grandfather’s nightclub in the 1930s. I never knew this until a few years ago. I recently found a great old promotional photo from SAS from the 1960s with Mr. Borge and my father sharing a joke on the tarmac next to a DC-8 like the one in my avatar.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#9 posted 06-01-2011 03:24 AM

Laguna makes a great bandsaw. I’ve got a 16” resaw bandsaw from them that I got about 10 years ago. Still works like the day I bought it. I get excellent results sawing veneer as thin as 1/16”. It does take some practice to get it tuned up to really resaw correctly.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#10 posted 06-01-2011 03:54 AM

I know some here have a chip on their shoulder about Laguna,However I have had nothing but great results from them in the past and now as well.

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#11 posted 06-01-2011 03:59 AM

I also have had great experience with Laguna, have their 16HD Bandsaw and the Tilting head mortise machine, both work flawlessly.

I did have a delivery issue on the mortiser, but they were more than accomodating, and I was given an extra set of European chisels for the machine, as well as a very nice leather apron for the delay…

Certainly no complaints from me (or my neighbour down the road who has an older 16” Laguna Bandsaw).

Save up and get it!!

I will send you a quarter to help you on your way… :)

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#12 posted 06-01-2011 06:49 PM

Good thread. With the $200 discount on the Rikon 10-325 I’m also seriously tempted to pull the trigger now, rather than hold out for Laguna at twice the price. I’m interested to see who else chimes in…

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#13 posted 06-01-2011 07:19 PM

Even a quirky Laguna is in an entirely different league than the Rikon, that’s a pretty clear fact. With quality comes money, though. I would argue that there’s no BETTER LOOKING bandsaw than the Laguna, and I’m pretty petty about looks. It’s simply gorgeous. I ended up with a vintage 20” Rockwell, so I went an entirely different route ;) However, once you start adding Carter this and Lennox that, even an older saw gets up there. It’s a tough choice, but ultimately a fun one to have to make:)

I’m getting a little teary about JustFine’s mortiser. It must be an absolute animal.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#14 posted 06-01-2011 07:28 PM

Well, I could post some photos… It is a beautiful machine (the visual appeals to me as well).
I sold my monster Powermatic foot operated mortiser cheap and still had $$ left over after buying the Laguna model.

Amazing what can be done with it, and I know I haven’t really put it to the test yet.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#15 posted 06-01-2011 07:29 PM

Well, I could post some photos… It is a beautiful machine (the visual appeals to me as well).
I sold my monster Powermatic foot operated mortiser cheap and still had $$ left over after buying the Laguna model.

Amazing what can be done with it, and I know I haven’t really put it to the test yet.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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