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#1 posted 11-21-2019 11:10 PM

I went thru the same thing you are going thru now for a few years and finally pulled the trigger last February. My shop is full of manuals I downloaded. Some makes are buying parts from the same factory in China. They seem to work OK, but all had issues I didn’t like. For instance, Grizzly had a serious import tariff charge. Baily uses some of the same parts as Grizzly. I made a list of features I wanted such as 220v, variable speed and torque, sliding headstock and tailstock, 3 phase converter, self ejecting tailstock and responsive customer service. My decision was Laguna 1836 and I am very happy with it. Some of the figures you mentioned were twice the price of the Laguna. Good luck. I am sure you will be happy with your choice because it seems like you are being cautious with your decision.

-- Mike, Massachusetts


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