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Posted on Laguna F2 Fusion - Thoughts?

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#1 posted 02-20-2018 04:04 AM

New here but recently took delivery of a Fusion F2 so wanted to chime in. I’ll write up a more complete review at some point but I was searching on this very topic to see if my experience with the F2 so far was common and I thought it was worthwhile to share my take.

In short, I really cannot recommend the Laguna F2. Mostly, I think that has to do with value – it’s just not a very good value compared to others on the market. If this saw was sub $1k, I would probably speak much more highly of it because it is a “nice” saw. I paid full price plus delivery and was happy to based on what I thought I was getting. I just didn’t do enough research.

First thing you need to know is that the cabinet is not really a cabinet – there is no bottom on it. So, sawdust just falls to shop floor and you actually have to move the saw to clean it up. You could take the time unscrew the access panel (no quick latch or hinges to help you there) but it’s easier to move the saw.

Second, the fence system is not up to par for the price point. Not terrible but not great – the entire table (read: cast iron wing) flexes when you lock it down. Literally, the table is dead flat until you lock down the fence – at which time the right wing drops down and causes a crown effect in the blade path. Also, my fence gauge is not accurate – off by 1/16” of an inch across the length – kind of a big deal but I can buy a new gauge strip for under $10. Without that, I have to do the old tape measure to the blade for every cut – not a “feature” you want in a new saw at this price point.

Third, I think the motor has issues. I have the table and fence fine tuned and have measured almost no arbor runout, etc but I am getting the saw bogging down when ripping 3/4 birch plywood. That’s with a brand new Freud 50 tooth combo blade (regular kerf). 20 amp circuit, 10 gauge extension cord. A well tuned saw with a very good blade should not bog down on 3/4 plywood in my opinion.

So, this post ended up being longer than I wanted but there are some good things – the 36” capacity is great, it’s very smooth (nickel test is rock solid) and the table top is very nice – oh, and shipping/setup was easy. Here’s the thing… at this price point, there are better options out there. This saw should be under or at $1k and I would forgive a lot of this.

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