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Forum topic by mainelysam posted 02-19-2012 02:39 AM 9898 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mainelysam

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02-19-2012 02:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: laguna table saw fusion hybrid saw

So the time has finally come: I need a real table saw. I have been putzing along with an old 50’s C-man contractor’s saw, but for safety and dust control I need to have an enclosed, and more accurate saw with a riving knife. I have considered the Grizzly hybrid, but the other day I was at my local Rockler and noticed a Laguna hybrid, the Fusion. The sale associate and I looked it over and talked about it for a bit and discovered that the trunnions are table mounted, something I would prefer and the grizzly and other similar smaller hybrid table saws lack. I also liked the addition of a 2” hose port connected to the blade housing and the more accurate look of the fence.

Edit: I meant to say that the trunnions are cabinet mounted, not table mounted. Sorry!

I haven’t been able to find any reviews of the saw, though. How new is it? How about Laguna in general? I noticed that it was made in Taiwan, but do they have decent quality control? I’ve heard they have had some customer service issues in the past, but seem to have addressed it recently. Any input is greatly appreciated.

-Sam in ME


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#1 posted 02-19-2012 03:12 AM

The high end cabinet saws do not have table mounted trunions. The table top and trunion are each mounted to the cabinet independent of each other. This makes alignment very easy and helps keep vibration down.

I have heard more bad than good when it comes to Laguna customer service and parts support.
Everyone I know that has anything Laguna will tell you that when it’s running it’s one of the best tools they have ever worked with ( mostly lathes and bandsaws ). But they break often and have long lead times for parts.

There are very good deals on ebay right now for Delta Unisaws and Powermatic cabinet saws. These saws, used, are a much better value than any Hybrid saw.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#2 posted 02-19-2012 03:42 AM

If you do decide to go the used market for something like the Unisaw or Powermatic you can purchase aftermarket riving/spliters for them. When looking at the cost just remember to budget about $200 for the aftermarket spliter/riving knife.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#3 posted 02-19-2012 03:46 AM

Table-mounted trunnions are a lower-end design feature in
American pattern table saws. If you are spending for quality,
go with cabinet mounted trunnions.

There are some exceptions in vintage machines to the
table mounted trunnion rule… and high-end sliders have
table-mount trunnions but the engineering and precision
of such saws puts them in another class entirely and
comparing them to “hybrid” saws is like matching apples
with lemons.

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#4 posted 02-19-2012 04:26 AM

Welcome to Ljs
when checking out companies that sell saws you might read all of laguna’s reviews in general on Ljs.
Grizzly has a number of good reviews. Particularly you might look at “knotscott’s” comments about Grizzly table saws, he’s very knowledgeable table saws.

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#5 posted 02-19-2012 06:46 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I’m remiss to buy a used saw due to the heavy wear that most of the ones I’m able to find seem to have. They are mostly coming out of shops that put quite a bit of use on them. I don’t need a very heavy duty saw, per say, either. I just need one that is accurate and has dust collection and a riving knife for safety. The other piece is that I have a basement shop, and no truck so local shipping or local pickup using a rented trailer is the best option.

It seems as if Laguna has recently overhauled their business and I suppose this is my real question: have they, and if so, has it made any difference in their customer service and the reliability of their products?

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#6 posted 09-09-2014 05:06 AM

Hi Mainely – How did this go? Did you get the Fusion? If so, how did it turn out? I’m looking at a used one for not much less than new price. In order to get me interested, I think I would have to get a bigger discount, and want to know about that “break a lot” phrase I read above! Thanks.

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#7 posted 06-15-2016 03:26 AM

I just ordered the fusion, mainly because of the good experience I had with my Laguna 1412 bandsaw purchase. Customer service was on point when I called them. I know they had a lot of bad comments about cs, but they really did impress me. I’ll update when I get the saw and use it for a while.

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#8 posted 06-15-2016 11:50 AM

FWIW, under the hood the guts of the Fusion are pretty much identical to the Baleigh and Jet Proshop hybrid. The Fusion and Baleigh feature a two-piece aluminum front rail on the fence, while the Proshop has steel rails.

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