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With upcoming sales on both machines 10% for laguna and 15% for powermatic the prices points will basically be the same ( within 30 dollars of each other). Powermatic is also including a riser block to bring the resaw height up to 12 inches. I have had a chance to look at both machines and they are both impressive in their own right. I am having a hard time deciding bewtwen the two. I have read so many positive reviews on both saws, that there does not seem to be a clear cut choice. I have a powermatic tablesaw and love it, however i'm not stuck on needing to be brand loyal. I like the 5 year warrany offered by powermatic, but I'm not sure that should be the decideing factor. Two gentleman at my local woodcraft store each have one of the saws, and they both love their own. So talking with them leads again to no clear cut favorite. I welcome advice from anyone out there who has feelings one way or another, I would love to hear input.

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Will be watching this thread for responses. I like the idea of a bs frame being designed for the large resaw capacity(laguna) versus adapting like the pm but in use I bet there is probably no real difference. I also like bearing guides instead of ceramic but, when adjusted properly, there is probably little or no difference in use.
But what do I know, I don't have a bs yet.
 

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JMHO, prefer Laguna over the PM band saw looking at specs and features. See where out of stock at Woodcraft.com, order now for current pricing. No way to know if PM will give you 15% off and include that riser block when they run that sale.
 

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Thanks for the feedback guys. I was leaning towards the laguna, but have not made up my mind yet.. thankfully the sales start at the same time so i will be able to know if the riser block is included with that sale offer.
 

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Looked at the Laguna but around here a Rikon 10-325 is about $400.00 cheaper and IMHO a very capable saw.
No Powermatic's to be had in part of the country. Can buy a lot of good blades with the price difference?
 

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I have the Laguna, it was my first bandsaw, and I'm very pleased with it. I had a good customer service experience (after a small flub on their part).

As with most purchases like this, you won't find anyone who recently purchased both and can compare.

The PM is the same old Delta design, which is known to be reliable in 14" and the Laguna is the new "Italian" design, which has been around long enough to be proven. There are some obvious differences in the table and the fence which might make a difference to you.

I think that the only thing that really matters is when you put on a 6" riser, the spine isn't as strong as either the original saw design, or the new "Italian" design. Lots of folks have done it, but I think you just don't get the same accuracy that you would with a saw that is designed from the get go with 12" resaw.

Doubt you can go wrong with either tho.
 

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Thank you for all the info. I feel in watching some of the video reviews online that I am leaning towards the Laguna. This weekend, they go on sale and it would be a good opportunity to buy one.

brtech- that is a good point about creating weak-points with the riser block. that may indeed sway my decision away from powermatic.
 

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While not a PM, i have a Ridgid 14" with riser block of the Delta clone design, and last fall picked up an older Laguna LT14SE (made in Bulgaria in 2004). With both configured for 12" resaw-the Laguna guide block system is made for the full range of capacity-the Delta design not so much (in my opinion). I've listed the Ridgid for sale a few times, but i'm high on the asking price. The Ridgid has been set up nicely and is a decent saw for flat work-so i'm thinking about removing the riser and keeping it set up for flat work, and leaving the Laguna ready to resaw and to do the thick stuff.

Both saws (more correctly put, both designs) have a reason for existing-and would complement each other very well.

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Just saw that Laguna is offering a free light with the purchase of the 14/12, combined with the sale of 10% off it is a decent little package offering at a good price.

Jacquesr - any set up tips I should be aware of when assembling?
 

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The dealer delivered it my basement fully assembled…
I had much vibrations - got new tires and installed it myself.
Much quiet now.
Let me know if you have any hurdle.
Do not hesitate to call Laguna. I got fantastic service.
 

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Rizzo,

I'm in the same boat you were in earlier this year, in the balance between the Laguna 14/12 and the PWBS 14cs. Did you set up your Laguna yet? Do you have any feedback about the set up and its performance? Are you pleased?

Any reflections would be most appreciated.

Thanks!
 

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+one,
I just took delivery on Thursday of my Laguna 14/12. I got a few neighbors to help me lift it out of the box. Assembly was a breeze. I didn't like their three wheel mobile base, when I tried it at the tool store it seemed a little tippy so I ordered the Rockler all terrain mobile base with one of their 20% off coupons and it works great. I redrilled some holes in the bars to get the right size and then drilled some holes where the feet of the saw sit so I could use the threads on the saw to bolt the saw to the base. It looks like it came with the saw and rolls great on my uneven concrete floor. I also didn't get the light because I banged my head on it so I will come up with something else. Laguna provides an outlet on the saw to plug light in. It seems to work great but I haven't used it much, very smooth.
Mike
 
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