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Forum topic by john2005 posted 09-16-2012 10:39 PM 10771 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2012 10:39 PM

So I am getting ready to buy a bandsaw. I like both the Laguna 14 SUV, but can only afford the 3000 and I also really like the Rikon 10-325. I have pretty much ruled out the Grizzly, even though that seems to be the popular choice. I have a few of their tools and while they perform their tasks, they are just average machines at best. I would also like to get something not made completely in China. That would be pretty awesome considering our economy and all.
An oversized 14 is basically what I am after, but the larger wheel size does appeal to me for blade bending/cooling purposes. I don’t want some special sized blade (Grizzly). Seems most people don’t like the Rikon as its hard to change the blade, but they don’t like the Laguna as its to pricey. The 3000 isn’t much more than the Rikon and I seems like you get better quality, which I would prefer. Anybody have either of these? Thoughts?
What would you do? Thanks

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#1 posted 09-16-2012 11:02 PM

I’d type Laguna problems in the search tab on the upper right and ponder
their lack of customer service.

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#2 posted 09-16-2012 11:15 PM

I have a rikon 14”deluxe it is a good bandsaw. I do not find changing the blade that difficult or time consuming.

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#3 posted 09-16-2012 11:22 PM

I just purchased a Rikon 10-325, based on the great reviews of fellow LJ’s and inspecting one up close at the local Woodcraft store, but have not taken it out of the box yet.
I also looked at the new Laguna, and it has some really nice features, but I was put off by all the negative customer service issues.

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities"

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#4 posted 09-17-2012 12:25 AM

I have the Laguna 16HD and up until this year had no issues with it. Baldor motor failed after very little use.

It is a massive saw and I would purchase again.

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

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#5 posted 09-17-2012 01:38 AM

My vote is for the Rikon 10-325. I keep a Timber Wolf 3/4in 3TPI blade on mine and use it for resawing roughcut lumber to thickness. The blade tension release lever is a must-have feature, IMO.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 09-17-2012 02:29 AM

What kind of work do you want to do on a band saw?

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#7 posted 09-17-2012 03:55 AM

My needs are (like everybody) a little of everything. I have a fair amount of wood available to cut down into boards, I would like to have the ability to make bookmatched boards, I find the need for making curved cuts quite a lot. So yeah, a little of everything.
It does seem like Laguna has mixed reviews on customer service. I could deal with that if its a quality product.

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#8 posted 09-17-2012 07:22 AM

I have the Rikon 14” Deluxe, it’s a great saw using 110v or rewiring it for 220v. I have had it for almost 2 years, I do a lot of resawing of rosewoods, ebonies, maples, mahogany and walnut with it, and some occasional shape cutting. With a 3/4” 3TPI Olson All Pro or Woodslicer, I can resaw anything quite nicely, even 12” curly Purpleheart. with a 5/8” or 1/2”, I cut out guitar bodies in everything from white Ash to Poplar and can keep within 1/32” without any effort at all. The saw is absolutely my favorite. My poor 12” Jet has been sitting a lot since I got the Rikon. Blade changes take 90 seconds with a 5mm allen and the quick release lever on the saw. The Rikon will serve you well, and the bearing guides are wonderful for keeping the blade in place.

-- a man never fails, he just quits trying.

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#9 posted 09-17-2012 01:59 PM

Laguna and ask for Benny for customer support.

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#10 posted 09-17-2012 02:14 PM

John, how much do you have for a new band saw?

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#11 posted 09-18-2012 12:38 AM

I found an old article from Popular woodworking (2006) It’s got a lot of good info that I am after, although I would like to see the Laguna lt14 3000 in that comparison. Eitherway, Rikon is looking like a pretty good bet. Too bad I didn’t buy it back then for 750!
And I plan to spend in the ballpark of a grand, although if I landed on the Laguna, I realize I would have to spend more. Thanks for the input guys!

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#12 posted 09-19-2012 08:11 AM

John, have you had a chance to try the saws in person?

I have used 18” Rikon, Grizzly, and Laguna bandsaws. The quality of the Laguna is head and shoulders above the others, and that’s the saw I have. The Rikon and Grizzly were both pretty good saws that give decent bang for the buck.

I have not seen the 14” Grizzly or Rikon saws. The Laguna 14” is not in the same league as Laguna’s bigger saws. But it is a pretty nice saw compared to other 14” saws I have seen.

I am one of those who has had very good experiences with Laguna’s customer service. Obviously, there are others who have not. But you can read all about that elsewhere.

-- Kelby

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#13 posted 09-19-2012 12:53 PM

Hate to bust your bubble both bandsaws you are looking at made in China. Some major brands asked pictures of their woodworking machines not be shown on China web sites.
Went through ten pages of bandsaw reviews here and only found two reviews listed for Laguna LT SUV14” bandsaw. Stopped counting all the reviews for Rikon 10-235 bandsaw.

Rikon comes with five year warranty, Laguna one year.

If were buying a 14” bandsaw today would go with the Rikon. Good luck with whatever bandsaw you get.

-- Bill

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#14 posted 09-19-2012 01:05 PM

Laguna has bandsaws made in China and in Italy. Their Italian saws are better. Unfortunately, Laguna CS has had a very poor reputation for a long time….enough so that I’d be cautious buying anything from them. Have you looked into Minimax at all?

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#15 posted 09-19-2012 01:20 PM

I bought my Rikon 10-325 as soon as they came out and got it for $750. I’m sure glad I did. It’s been a great saw. Changing blades isn’t hard and it doesn’t take very long either. But changing blade sizes and repositioning the blade guides does take time… So, I found a Rigid 14” bandsaw on Craig’s List for $125 and I keep a 1/4” blade on it and a 3/4” blade on my big saw for resawing. I use one or the other of my saws, every day!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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