|Forum topic by nwbusa||posted 02-09-2013 12:19 AM||2704 views||0 times favorited||69 replies|
02-09-2013 12:19 AM
This is not another “which TS should I buy” thread, but rather just some thoughts and observations running through my head as I get ready to buy my first cabinet saw.
I had a chance to play around with a few cabinet saws today, as part of my pre-purchasing research. I looked at the Delta Unisaw, a General 350, and a Laguna LTS-260. These are the saws that are available in my neck of the woods.
The Unisaw was really nice but it’s a bit more than I want to spend. The General is also a nice saw, Canadian made, but it’s also stretching my budget and to be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about buying a saw that is no longer going to be manufactured.
So that left me with the Laguna. I’ve read all of the horror stories about their customer service, and I told the sales guy at the store that I was concerned about it. He acknowledged that there have been some problems in the past, but he claims they have improved in that area in recent years. He also made the point that if I have a problem with the saw, I won’t be dealing with Laguna, he will be. The sales guy was actually very helpful, pointing out the various features of the saws, and even encouraging me to wait until next month to buy as they have a sale coming up then.
The Laguna saw itself is an exact clone of the Grizzly G0691 with a different paint scheme. I’m on the fence (no pun intended) as to whether I want a 52” rip capacity. Laguna doesn’t offer a 30” version of their saw, so if I decide to go that route I’d have to look at the G0690 (or cut down the rails on the Laguna).
I’m going to make a trip down to the Grizzly showroom this weekend, just to check out their machines in person. I was initially considering a G1023RLW, but I don’t think I can live with a 26” rip capacity.
Too many freaking saws to choose from… what a problem to have, eh? :)
-- John, BC, Canada