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I am considering purchasing this bandsaw. I am not really unhappy with what I have. It is a 1970's Rockwell-Delta 14" with riser block, 1 HP motor, Kreg fence. It does everything I want it to, but this new Laguna looks sweet.

Has anyone else made the transition from a standard 14" with riser to the Laguna? What was the biggest difference for you? What do you like most about the 1412?

Any and all comments much appreciated.
 

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I am considering purchasing this bandsaw. I am not really unhappy with what I have. It is a 1970 s Rockwell-Delta 14" with riser block, 1 HP motor, Kreg fence. It does everything I want it to, but this new Laguna looks sweet.

Has anyone else made the transition from a standard 14" with riser to the Laguna? What was the biggest difference for you? What do you like most about the 1412?

Any and all comments much appreciated.

- RyanIra
If you have a perfectly functional bandsaw that does everything you need it to, save yourself the $1000.

Or spend it on something else that you really need.

Or send it to me.

I'm partial to the third option, but I may be a little biased.
 

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If you have a perfectly functional bandsaw that does everything you need it to, save yourself the $1000.

Or spend it on something else that you really need.

Or send it to me.

I m partial to the third option, but I may be a little biased.

- jtm
Thanks that was very helpful. However I won't be sending any money.
 

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Hi Ryan,

I have made the exact transition that you describe. The main benefits that I have noticed are:

- a dramatic increase in power. I could resaw with my 1HP bandsaw, but not like this. My old saw would struggle with anything taller than 8", whereas the 14|12 has no problem with anything that will fit underneath the upper guides. I have resawn as much as 13" with no problem whatsoever. Because of the additional power I find that I resaw much more frequently than I did with my previous saw.

- easy resaw setup. As I said, I could use my old saw to resaw, but setting it up to do so was a pain. I was always fighting drift, barrel cuts, and various other finicky problems. Now with the 14|12 I can go from curve cutting to resawing without any jacking around, and the results are dead-on every time.

- Laguna guides. These are a nice step up from the guide system on my previous saw. They make blade changing a breeze, which means that I am more likely to have the right blade on the for job rather than struggling with the wrong blade.

Other things that I like include the large table, the built-in halogen light, and the nicely designed dust collection which is much better than most bandsaws in its class. The 14|12 has become my most frequently used tool in the shop. Because it is so accurate, I also find that I use it a lot for ripping when the table saw is set up for other tasks. It is not as good at ripping as a table saw, but it is good enough for many ripping tasks and produces a much smaller kerf.
 

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Hi Ryan,

I have made the exact transition that you describe. The main benefits that I have noticed are:

- a dramatic increase in power. I could resaw with my 1HP bandsaw, but not like this. My old saw would struggle with anything taller than 8", whereas the 14|12 has no problem with anything that will fit underneath the upper guides. I have resawn as much as 13" with no problem whatsoever. Because of the additional power I find that I resaw much more frequently than I did with my previous saw.

- easy resaw setup. As I said, I could use my old saw to resaw, but setting it up to do so was a pain. I was always fighting drift, barrel cuts, and various other finicky problems. Now with the 14|12 I can go from curve cutting to resawing without any jacking around, and the results are dead-on every time.

- Laguna guides. These are a nice step up from the guide system on my previous saw. They make blade changing a breeze, which means that I am more likely to have the right blade on the for job rather than struggling with the wrong blade.

Other things that I like include the large table, the built-in halogen light, and the nicely designed dust collection which is much better than most bandsaws in its class. The 14|12 has become my most frequently used tool in the shop. Because it is so accurate, I also find that I use it a lot for ripping when the table saw is set up for other tasks. It is not as good at ripping as a table saw, but it is good enough for many ripping tasks and produces a much smaller kerf.

- pmayer
Awesome. Thanks very much for posting. Extremely helpful. Maybe I should send YOU some money LOL!
 

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I suggest you write down the pros and cons before deciding. Goodluck!
 

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Your Delta has two advantages over the Laguna.

1) It's a classic.
2) It's American made.

okay, okay, it has a third advantage.

3) It's paid for.

That's it. As you've got it configured, the Laguna will resaw better, leave less dust, has better guides, is easier to see what you're doing, and probably will cut better curves too because of the better guides.

Yet, the Delta is still paid for. Only you can decide if the upgrade would be worth it for you.
 
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