|Forum topic by Todd1561||posted 04-29-2014 02:14 PM||2832 views||0 times favorited||21 replies|
04-29-2014 02:14 PM
So I just bought a new Laguna 14-12 bandsaw. I think it’s their first foray into the Asian-import market, but I figured since it’s Laguna it can’t be too bad. So far so good with one exception, it seems to vibrate more than I’d expect. But I haven’t used another bandsaw in over 10 years, so I don’t really have a good frame of reference to know what’s normal. It’s also hard to quantify how much vibration I’m getting. It will usually pass the nickel test during startup and running, but when I go to shut the machine down it will hit a resonance point during spin down and the nickel will fall. Also, if I leave a small board on the table while running it will eventually vibrate off.
I can also see the top of the machine shaking quite a bit while running. The machine is very well leveled and does not rock on the floor, I spent a lot of time making sure of that. If I just run the saw without the blade it’s perfectly stable, so it would seem the motor, belt and lower wheel are fine. It’s when I introduce the blade and upper wheel the machine shakes. I’ve tried a couple different new blades and it behaves the same. I’ve spun the upper wheel by hand and it always stops at a different spot, so it doesn’t seem like the wheel is balanced too poorly.
I’ve contacted Laguna and they acknowledged that they’ve had some complaints with this model and they traced it down to defective tires, so they shipped me a couple new tires. I installed those but it didn’t help. Before I contact them again I wanted to get some opinions about how much vibration I should experience. The saw seems usable the way it is, but the vibration is just more than I was expecting. So if there’s an underlying problem I’d like to get it fixed while still under warranty.
As a side note, I’ve read many times about terrible customer service with Laguna. I found them very easy to work with so far and they sent out the replacement parts very quickly. Granted, it didn’t fix my problem, but it’s a start. And if nothing else I have a spare set of tires for free!