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nwbusa

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03-20-2013 01:10 AM

There’s an Italian made Laguna LT18 bandsaw for sale locally, and the guy says it has a 3 hp Baldor motor in it. Everything I can find on these saws says they come with a 4.5 hp Baldor. Anyone ever hear of this saw coming with the smaller motor?

I’ve never owned a BS before, and wasn’t necessarily planning to spend quite so much (he’s asking $2500). The saw is ten years old, and lightly used (he claims—I haven’t seen it yet). Any tips on what I should check for would be appreciated, as well as opinions on value. Up here, I think this saw would list for close to $4K (albeit with a bigger motor).

-- John, BC, Canada


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#1 posted 03-20-2013 01:20 AM

Not at all familiar with Laguna bandsaws, but your post peaked my curiousity of the model number in question. I looked and found this model with the 3hp motor…It’s not the 18”...it’s 16” and not the Italian version…This link should allow you to see all the models…good luck
http://www.lagunatools.com/bandsaws/bandsaw-lt16-3000#

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#2 posted 03-20-2013 01:40 AM

Yeah, thanks KDC but I think the deal is that the saw in question is not the current model. It’s definitely an Italian made 18 in. saw, I think they must have spec’d it with a smaller motor back in 2003. The 3 hp motor would actually be fine with me, I think it would be plenty of power and I have a 240V 20A circuit available to power the saw. I guess I need to educate myself on what to look for in a used bandsaw. I’ll get to see it run and be able to inspect it. Not sure what might be suspect on 10 year old saw.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#3 posted 03-20-2013 01:44 AM

Gotcha…Hope someone else will post and can enlighten you more on this particular older Laguna saw…that a lot of $$...good luck in your decision

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#4 posted 03-20-2013 02:08 AM

The asking price is kinda high but Laguna offers a
few upgrades which may or may not be present on
the saw:

- a fence designed for resawing
- ceramic guides.
- nice carbide tipped blades

I’ve seen the ceramic guides at a show and they are
pretty slick, imo.

3hp is a lot of power for hand feeding.

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nwbusa

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#5 posted 03-20-2013 03:17 AM

Thanks Loren. The owner states it has the ceramic guides, and also a 1 1/4” blade, not sure if it’s the RK though. Good point about the resaw fence, I’ll be sure to check on that. I’m not sure if these saws came with any type of mobility kit, but it would be a plus if it has one.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#6 posted 03-20-2013 03:35 AM

You might pick up “The Bandsaw Book,” which covers this kind of stuff.

I have the 18LT and love it. But that price seems high for a 10 year old saw.

-- Kelby

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#7 posted 03-20-2013 03:49 AM

I agree the price is on the high side. I’m thinking if the saw is as described (low usage and in really good condition) I’d be a buyer in the $1800 – $2000 range, on the higher end if the saw comes with accessories that would be useful to me. As a comparison, up here a new Rikon 18-345 would set me back $1500 with tax, and that’s on sale. So if I can get an Italian Laguna for a few hundred bucks more, it might be a good value. Maybe.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#8 posted 03-20-2013 03:54 AM

I have an LT24 with ceramic guides. IMO they do not live up to Laguna’s hype, and you’ll need to deal with Laguna to get spare ceramic bits. That alone is a good enough reason not to opt for them.

$2500 for a 10 year old saw seems high, especially when you consider what that kind of coin will get you these days from Grizzly et al.

Laguna was putting Baldor motors on their saws 10 years back so I would make sure that the motor is a Baldor. They may have been using 3 HP on the LT18 back then. I know they bumped the HP on the LT24 after I bought, from 4.5 HP to 6 HP.

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#9 posted 03-20-2013 04:33 AM

Yeah, the more I think about it the less of a good deal this seems to be. I spoke with the owner a bit ago, the saw just has the stock fence, and the blade is just one he had made locally. I might still go look at it tomorrow but unless he’s wiling to bend on the price, I might pass this one by. I did confirm it has a Baldor motor in it.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#10 posted 03-20-2013 07:09 PM

Check this link# . A new unit of that band saw model costs $3,350 . For me, the price is too high. I’d rather get new one.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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nwbusa

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#11 posted 03-20-2013 07:28 PM

Prices in Canada are about 10% higher, plus the 12% sales tax, puts the saw new at about $4000. That said, I agree the asking price was too high on this particular saw, and I told the guy I was going to pass. Thanks to everyone for the feedback, though. Much appreciated!

-- John, BC, Canada

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