Building the Shop #24: Laguna 14" SUV Band Saw

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Blog entry by Lance posted 01-09-2012 05:35 AM 9859 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My Laguna 14” SUV band saw got delivered on Thursday, my 26th birthday and I’ve been like a 8 year old kid on Christmas ever since! lol I’ve been looking for that perfect band saw for my shop since March, at first i wanted the Ridgid, not enough re-saw capacity. Then I moved onto the Rikon 14” deluxe, solid BS for the money and finally I really liked the Laguna SUV, 3HP, ceramic guides, 14” of re-saw capacity but the price was a little high for my liking. That being said I told myself I’d hold out for the Laguna unless the Rikon went on sale for $699 like it has in the past. Well the Laguna’s in my shop now because I got a killer deal, $50 for shipping, 50% accessories and 2 free blades so I pulled the trigger.

Here are the completed coaster holders I made for my wife –

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#1 posted 01-09-2012 06:05 AM

I’m so jealous, that’s my dream saw too. A 14 inch saw that can resaw a 14 inch board, what a concept. :)

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 07:14 AM

Happy birthday, that’s one sweet saw! My birthday is actually 1 day before yours. I got a very sweet Ovation Balladeer for my birthday from the wife and kids. Even though my gift is amazing, I’m still feeling a little birthday gift envy! Nice score.

-- If it ain't broke, take it apart and find out why

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#3 posted 01-09-2012 07:17 AM

Good luck with your new saw. I have the 16hd

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#4 posted 01-09-2012 07:28 AM

You are having WAY too much fun buying awesome tools and getting your shop set up. Yes, I am jealous. Being a poor, in-school, college kid…..i dont have the time, money, or space for anything like this….YET. I….CAN…NOT….WAIT!!! ur making me jealous – not gonna lie!!

:) :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 01-09-2012 10:07 AM

Nice new tool. I am suprised more people don’t go for Laguna. Wood Magazine gave this BS a great review.
If you can share, what was the cost and how long does it take to change blades??.............

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 01-09-2012 04:04 PM


It takes time, I see you’re about to get married, I didn’t start buying tools until I was married and had 2 years under my belt at my company after college, you will get there trust me. I’ve also held off on tools b/c I want good quality, something that will last and I wont out grow of. The TS is the only thing I regret buying, but it’s also a great saw to learn on and I bought it first so I was uneducated at the time. Keep in mind, 40% of my shop in off of CL, watch those post daily, you’ll be surprised!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#7 posted 01-09-2012 04:11 PM

Redryder, Keep in mind I was teaming up with another guy during this purchase, he bought the LT 20” – 4K and all the same accessories plus the tall fence, he got better deal than I did, but then again he spent 4,500.

BS – $1595, Standard and would not come off that price.
Driftmaster – $250 ~ $400
Mobile base – $75 ~ $175
Re-Saw King – $100 ~ $220
1/2” Blade – FREE ~ $50
1/4” Blade – FREE ~ $40
Shipping – $50 ~ $205

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#8 posted 01-09-2012 05:02 PM

Redryder, Changing the blade…... sorry, ummm I have never used a BS before the Laguna so nothing to reference it from. That being said, the ceramic guides do take some time to set up each time but remember there is 10 points of contact between both guides.

The only negative thing I would say is if you get the Driftmaster fence the blades do require you to bend them over the lower door and under the fence system because the wheels get in the way pf the lower door going back any further. You would think for the money and the engineering behind these world class saws they would have a solution for this.

P.S. Customer service was AWESOME!!! One of my ceramic guides was damaged, the next day there already sending me a new one!!! Rick Kerrigan was our sales rep. GREAT guy!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#9 posted 01-09-2012 05:43 PM

Nice! Happy birthday.

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#10 posted 01-09-2012 05:44 PM

That’s a really nice saw, no doubt about it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 01-10-2012 08:05 AM


Good snag on the new bandsaw…..hope you get a lot of good use from it…it’s good that you got the extra blades for it ,also…..and be-lated happy 26th birthday…’s been so long I can’t remember my 26th…uuummm about 40 years, I think????? Have fun, work safe, and make a lot of projects with the new toy…I relly like new toys…..!!!!!

-- " The secret to staying young looking.....hang around old people.." R.D.

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#12 posted 01-10-2012 08:36 AM

Congratulations, it’s a great saw. I am on my second Laguna Bandsaw, the 20” resaw bandsaw. I have owned Laguna saws for nine years. There isn’t any saw that I like better. You made a wise choice. Have fun…...

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#13 posted 01-11-2012 07:34 AM

good thing you have that 14 inch capacity for those coaster holders… I dunno if you coulda snuck those puppies under the rikons 13’‘

-- Got Wood?

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#14 posted 01-11-2012 04:20 PM

LOL I didn’t make my decision on the Laguna b/c of the extra Inch I get over the Rikon or just to make a 2” coaster holder!. Honestly, I pulled the trigger because of the HP and guides.

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#15 posted 01-14-2012 08:17 PM

If you get a chance after living with it for a bit, post a review. I would be interested in things like fit-and-finish, assembly problems, accuracy, etc.

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