Laguna Bandsaw conundrum

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by aterrell posted 05-07-2018 03:04 PM 874 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View aterrell's profile


9 posts in 629 days

05-07-2018 03:04 PM

I have been given a Laguna LT 18 bandsaw. I already own a rikon 10-325. I love the Rikon and so far it has done everything I have asked it to do. My problem is that i have a small basement shop and I am not sure I have the room for the laguna. My ceiling is 78 inches and the saw is 77. But i have beams that come down lower than that. So it would have to stay in one section of my basement.

I go back and forth on this saw on a daily basis about if I can actually fit it into my basement or not. It would be super nice to have two bandsaws. BUT I don’t feel I need two and I am not sure I would ever use the power of the laguna. The Rikon has a 13” resaw capacity and the laguna has a 16” resaw capacity. I only have a 15 inch planer and an 8” jointer. I haven’t ever resawn anything more than 9” so far and probably wouldn’t ever go beyond 11”

I have an uncle that is interested in the saw but I am pretty sure he thinks I am giving it to him.

Thoughts? advice?

19 replies so far

View RobHannon's profile


330 posts in 1140 days

#1 posted 05-07-2018 03:09 PM

Is your basement shop a temporary thing or long term? If in your shoes I had both saws and had plans of realistically moving into a bigger shop someday I would find room to store it and have a dedicated resaw bandsaw when I have room. If not I would probably sell/trade it for tools or materials I could use.

View Sludgeguy's profile


57 posts in 732 days

#2 posted 05-07-2018 03:16 PM

A dedicated resaw machine and another “general purpose” bandsaw would be sweet.

View Loren's profile


10477 posts in 4258 days

#3 posted 05-07-2018 03:32 PM

Some of the people who use those tall band
saws cut turning blanks with them.

Of course you might get some ridiculous fine
wide board you want to saw into veneers. It’s
not a casual undertaking to do that. The setup
has to be perfect.

View aterrell's profile


9 posts in 629 days

#4 posted 05-07-2018 04:35 PM

I am a hobbyist and have no plans of doing this for money. My basement situation is long term. I hate to get rid of it but on the other hand space is a premium to me.
I do like the idea of a second bandsaw around but I could alway get a smaller machine for doing curves and bandsaw boxes. The laguna just seems to be massive in both size and power.

View Julian's profile


1526 posts in 3300 days

#5 posted 05-07-2018 04:45 PM

Sounds like you should give the bandsaw to your uncle.

-- Julian

View aterrell's profile


9 posts in 629 days

#6 posted 05-07-2018 04:54 PM

Does anyone have the Laguna 18LT? I have used this particular one only a couple of times and it does seem to be very well built. Just wondering if it is all that much better than the smaller rikon?

View WhyMe's profile


1208 posts in 2171 days

#7 posted 05-07-2018 09:42 PM

Keep the Laguna and give the Rikon to your uncle.

View Charlie H.'s profile

Charlie H.

395 posts in 1260 days

#8 posted 05-07-2018 11:40 PM

Since you didn’t give details of how you acquired it other than free, is there any expectations attached to it that you are expected to use it vs just flipping it?
If you are free and clear to dispose of the saw without causing bad blood from the source and you don’t have a use for it, why not gift it to your uncle if he is an active woodworker and would use it?

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

View BurlyBob's profile


6921 posts in 2875 days

#9 posted 05-08-2018 01:24 AM

That’s sucks. Having someone give you a big tool like that. What were they thinking? Sounds like you got the worst sort of luck and darn thoughtless friends.

View aterrell's profile


9 posts in 629 days

#10 posted 05-08-2018 02:02 AM

A friend is gifting me the bandsaw. So it would cause bad blood if I out right sold it. Giving it to my uncle would not be out of line because I would still have access to it and he just wants someone to use it.

I guess what I am looking for is someone who has knowledge of each saw and could give me a compelling reason to keep the Laguna over the Rikon.

I tend to do boxes and other small projects but would like to get into smaller furniture and the like. Again this is just a hobby. With an 8” jointer and 15” planner will the lagunas 3” greater resaw capcity and 5 HP motor really be utilized in my small shop. My shop is two seperate rooms of 18×12. One room is dedicated to wood working the other is a multi use room.

My hangup is that I have been given a great saw. One that I would NEVER go out and buy myself. But space is an issue and space is something I can’t easily get more of. Is the laguna really worth the bigger foot print and loss in mobility? Or would the rikon be more than enough for what i need and I wouldnt really need the extra power and size of the laguna.

And yes I am fortunate that someone I know has gifted me this and many other great tools. It has really jump started my hobby in woodworking.

View TheFridge's profile


10859 posts in 2096 days

#11 posted 05-08-2018 02:08 AM

Make it clear. You break it you buy it. You may not have room now but if you ever do, having a setup for scrolling as well as for resawing is awesome.

As far as which one? I’d lean laguna but if it don’t fit it don’t fit.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

View splintergroup's profile


3219 posts in 1832 days

#12 posted 05-08-2018 05:19 PM

I recently added a second BS to the shop and given my situation it is most definitely worth having two. One is set up for resawing and general straight cuts and the other is set up for general purpose/curves. BIG time saver not having to swap blades!.

Since you lack the space, I’d give the Laguna a good look over/test to be sure it is 100%, then “loan” the Rikon to your uncle. If the Laguna is just too much for your space, “loan” the Laguna. The idea is for your uncle to not just turn around and sell the saw. Basically you are letting him store it for you and use it on occasion 8^)

View rustynails's profile


884 posts in 3139 days

#13 posted 05-08-2018 05:27 PM

I currently have both saws and the Laguna is by far the best saw, but the Rikon is best for small scroll cutting. If you measure the size of the two saws they are not much different is size. Keep both if you can.
Good Luck

View aterrell's profile


9 posts in 629 days

#14 posted 05-08-2018 05:34 PM

I currently have both saws and the Laguna is by far the best saw, but the Rikon is best for small scroll cutting. If you measure the size of the two saws they are not much different is size. Keep both if you can.
Good Luck

- rustynails

Since you have both saws what makes you say that the Laguna is better? Both of these saws are older models. The laguna was made in 99 and the Rikon is the old green model.

View kkaucher's profile


23 posts in 929 days

#15 posted 05-08-2018 05:37 PM

You’ve already answered your own question. You’ve indicated several times that the Rikon is right-sized for your shop, and the Laguna is too big. You’re receiving the Laguna from a friend who simply wants to see it used. Your uncle wants to use it, and you’re in a position to help both your friend and your uncle achieve their goals.

Thank your friend for his kindness and give the Laguna to your uncle. If you ever needed to use it, I can’t help but think your uncle would leave the light on for your.

Bless two people and, in doing so, be blessed yourself.

-- A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown

showing 1 through 15 of 19 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics