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Forum topic by widwotkma posted 04-02-2012 03:26 AM 1134 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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widwotkma

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04-02-2012 03:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw grizzly laguna blade

I’m trying to decide on a bandsaw and would be interested to hear people’s thoughts on several options I’m considering. I have read many good tool reviews regarding Laguna bandsaws, but also read horror stories regarding their customer service. I read mixed reviews about Grizzly, but have read many comments about their fabulous customer service. I wish the positives were about the same company…

I really like the motor break feature on the Grizzly (G0513X2B or G0514X2B) but have read some mixed reviews, especially on the 19 inch, regarding vibration issues. Laguna’s LT14 series has had some good reviews but the customer service issues scare me. Any thoughts or comments from folks that have either of these regarding pros and cons?

Finally, regardless of which brand I end up with, I would appreciate any thoughts on the best blades to buy and good/reliable sources. I will do various types of cuts, but the main purpose I’m looking to use the bandsaw for is resawing, so a good general purpose blade and resaw blade options would be ideal.

Thanks in advance,

/Chris


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bullhead1

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#1 posted 04-02-2012 03:58 AM

It might help to tell us what you are planning to resaw. I have a shopfox 14 inch which is made by the same company as grizzly as I’ve been told. I can add a riser to mine and so can the grizzly. The price of the Laguna was much higher than I could justify so I didn’t do much research on it. I resaw 4X4 and 5×6 cedar posts that I got basically free. I resaw with a 4 hook blade but plan to try a 3 hook blade. I am happy with the saw once i figured out how to toon it. I have no vibration and it has features of more expesive saws. I suggest you look at the shop fox or grizzly to see if it fits your needs. I suggest you find a dealer near you and ask for a demonstration taking along a board you want to resaw. Hope this helps.

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widwotkma

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#2 posted 04-02-2012 04:51 AM

Thanks @bullhead1. I typically buy 8-10’ long boards that are 10-14” in width, mostly 4/4 though I recently found a local source for 8/4. I have many projects planned that require 2/4 stock so I need a way to cut them down to size without wasting wood (planing to size would waste half the board).

I also have some boards that I would like to resaw as veneers – 1/32 to 1/4 in thickness, depending on project. I like to use woods with strong/figured grain (curly maple, ambrosia maple), but I also use woods such as walnut, mahogany, etc. From a resawing perspective, I would typically cut boards down to project scale first, so the typical board might be 2-3’ in length by 8-12” wide.

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#3 posted 04-02-2012 05:37 AM

I would recommend you get as big a band saw as you can handle in your shop space and wallet.
I have a 24” MiniMax with carbide tooth blades for re-sawing. You will burn up a lot of standard blades if you a fair amount of re-sawing. A 20” diameter or better is normally suggested so the blade will last longer. The bands will break too early if used on smaller diameter wheels. Most new Asian imported saws are too weak to handle the pressure need to get the band tight enough to actually cut consistently. I crank mine up to 28,000 psi with the use of a band gauge. Most frames on the new saws flex too much. Or the springs are not strong enough to get to proper tension.
You might look for a used Delta or Rockwell 20” or better saw. Any SCMI bandsaw will be fine. Centauro of Italy makes most of these saws.
Laguna has had many problems with customer service through the years. However, I do not know if they have changed for the better.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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