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Posted on Laguna vs Rikon bandsaw. Which one

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#1 posted 07-06-2019 02:40 AM

I have the Laguna 18BX and like it very much. It has more than enough power, size, mass and capabilities for everything I have done with it and has performed outstandingly well. The spacious work surface provides plenty of room and is easy to adjust. The fence is stable and the stop is handy for repetitive cuts. The upper blade guide is stable and allows for dependable cutting.

I really like the ceramic guides which have been easy to set up and have performed flawlessly and given my experience with them, I see no reason to ever go with the traditional bearing type guides.

I like having both dust collection ports on the same side of the machine and many machines have a dust port / collection hose that would protrude out into my work area, particularly during processes in which I begin on the in-feed side of the saw and end up on the out-feed side.

The blade brake is a great feature and is particularly useful in bringing the blade to a stop more swiftly verses waiting for it to stop on its own. It can be surprising how long the blade can continue to spin once shut off and it can be dangerous turning off the saw, setting the workpiece on the workbench and returning to begin another process only to find the blade silently still turning and ready to cut anything or anyone that would come into contact, and it also saves a lot of time when changing from one process to another that requires a different set-up. The blade brake is also convenient when ending a cut on the out-feed side of the machine and it is much easier to reach than returning to the on-switch for shut-down.

I think either saw could provide satisfactory service and much can come down to what suits your personal wants and needs best. I can give a good recommendation on the 18 BX but am sure there are others that are as satisfied with their Rikon’s or other brands. I traveled a multitude of directions multiple miles each way to view various saws in my band saw decision process and it really helped being able to view and touch each of the machines prior to purchase.

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