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Location: Northeast Texas

Long time woodworker who caught the woodworking bug back in high school. Have been fortunate to be able to get back into woodworking - mainly furniture making - the past 10 years or so. Looking forward to retirement in less than a handful of years so as to do woodworking full time. Also got tired of astronomical hardwood prices, so purchased a Norwood HD36 sawmill which I am learning to use. Should be building a drying kiln this coming year.

-- Lee C, northeast Texas

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#1 posted 10-31-2020 01:20 PM

Long time lurker and first time post. Have found a LOT of useful info on this forum from members and for that I am very appreciative.

Not too often one gets to share really good news now days, so wanted to take the time share my experience this week with the members here. Had been needing to get a new bandsaw for the shop for quite some time. As retirement nears, it was hard to make a final decision and pull the trigger for the expenditure. Yes – seeing comments and feedback from other members on this and other forums had a lot to do with my decision. I weighed the pros and cons and fretted decision due to reasons we are all face with for equipment purchases.’

Wound up getting a Laguna BX|18 bandsaw with accessories. I knew Laguna didn’t have the best rep in the past, but really wanted a large bandsaw for doing resaw work reclaiming smaller stock on on some of our local hardwoods. Well to get to the point, the bandsaw is a beautiful unit with copious amounts of usable power power from the 220V 3 hp motor. Everything went well until I got down to polishing and waxing the large cast iron table top. Something just didn’t look right and I laid one of my Woodpecker straight edges across the table in a half dozen places. I was shocked to see the table nearly 1/16th inch out from being anywhere near flat.

After a couple of emails back and forth with Rod at Laguna Tools, he stated the table must have been dropped at some time during shipment and would be sending out a replacement. I thought to myself “here we go – one to two more weeks without a usable bandsaw for the shop”. When FedEx show up the following afternoon (I live in Texas), I thought maybe my better half was expecting some sort of delivery for Christmas shopping she had been doing. I was shocked when the deliver driver groaned picking up the package and wanted to know where to put it. Laguna had my replacement table sent out for overnight delivery! I got the table set in place on the saw that evening and did final cleaning and leveling the next morning. Out came the Woodpecker straight edge again for a flatness check. The was only one place on the table that was 4 thousands from being dead flat, the other couple of places were a mere 2 thousandths or less.

Sorry about a long first post, but had to share this one with the group. I’m very happy with my purchase and thankful I made my purchase with a standup company with great customer service. And no – I’m not affiliated with Laguna Tools in any way, but I am a happy customer. Now time to get back out to the shop.

-- Lee C, northeast Texas

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