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sawneck

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12-14-2018 01:35 AM

Let me start by saying I know only I can make this decision on my own but looking to get some opinions from the experts on you think i should do.

Just by way of background, I have alot of tools and alot of experience, however my experience is mainly in remodeling projects over many years..When i was a kid I worked alot with my older brother who was a carpenter to get extra money, which gave me alot of skills with then as I got older it became a way to save money in labor on my own home, and an excuse to buy my own tools. Fast forward 25-30 years later in my 40s I have alot of tools, all geared towards remodeling and now I am looking to settle into an actual basement shop (rather than my tools being in a 1000 different places in the house) and do some woodworking, something a little more thought provoking and relaxing than the carpenter related projects.

What I am realizing fairly quickly is i don’t have some of the cornerstone tools of a woodworker, drill press, Band Saw a nice bench, chisels, planes etc. I do however have a router, sanders, and pretty well invested in the Festool system so a decent starting point. My struggle is if I really need a band saw, I’ve always said I’d never use one which is the reason i don’t own one, but now that I have a more serious interest in (hybrid) Woodworking and some project plans picked out I am realizing these tools would make it alot easier and more enjoyable to complete.

So like an idiot i started researching them, and then got a super deal on a Laguna 1412, which I have on hold. I just keep questioning whether this is the right tool to really dive into Woodworking or i should hold off on it. I have looked for used ones for months and seen nothing that didn’t need a complete rehab. Band saws are definitely fiddly tools and based on what i have seen i am leary of the used market on them. Money isn’t an issue really but what is an issue is whether it makes sense for a guy like me to even get a band saw.


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TheFridge

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#1 posted 12-14-2018 01:56 AM

When you understand a bandsaw. There is no mystery. Although a few are truly fiddly, most are not.

A bandsaw like that is good for resawing. You could do some scrolling if you wanted. But mainly resawing. So I if that’s not what you are getting it for I’d do a bit more reevaluating.

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

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#2 posted 12-14-2018 02:00 AM



When you understand a bandsaw. There is no mystery. Although a few are truly fiddly, most are not.

A bandsaw like that is good for resawing. You could do some scrolling if you wanted. But mainly resawing. So I if that’s not what you are getting it for I’d do a bit more reevaluating.

- TheFridge

thanks for the reply…Yeah i’d like to have the option to resaw, but it’s not a driving factor for me. i have a local kid who sells live edge stuff kiln dried for decent prices I imagine i will dabble with that..I see myself using it to cut tenons, scrolling and resawing overall.

What saw would you suggest?

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#3 posted 12-14-2018 02:01 AM

My knee-jerk reaction was: “yes.”

But… usually the best way to go is to get your feet wet with a couple projects. Find the type of projects you want and go make them using what you have. When you struggle through the issues that come up on those projects, that will determine what tools you need. At that point, go and buy what you need for the next project and enjoy.

That is a nice saw though. If I had the budget I might have picked one like it. I ended up with a Grizzly G0555 variant. It needs some alignment work but simply having one is awesome – no comparison to a jigsaw. I’ve done a little resawing, some minimal “scroll” work, but mostly for longer shaping curves or small stuff that wouldn’t be safe on the table saw. It’s really versatile

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#4 posted 12-14-2018 02:05 AM

You should get two bandsaws a small one and a big one. 14 inch and a 20 inch or bigger.
I use my bandsaws more then my table saw.
Bandsaws open up a whole new area of woodworking

-- Aj

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sawneck

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#5 posted 12-14-2018 02:14 AM



My knee-jerk reaction was: “yes.”

But… usually the best way to go is to get your feet wet with a couple projects. Find the type of projects you want and go make them using what you have. When you struggle through the issues that come up on those projects, that will determine what tools you need. At that point, go and buy what you need for the next project and enjoy.

That is a nice saw though. If I had the budget I might have picked one like it. I ended up with a Grizzly G0555 variant. It needs some alignment work but simply having one is awesome – no comparison to a jigsaw. I ve done a little resawing, some minimal “scroll” work, but mostly for longer shaping curves or small stuff that wouldn t be safe on the table saw. It s really versatile

- jamsomito

thank you! Very well said…I have a trusty jigsaw that i’ve had for years that i could use, but like you said I do understand it’s just not the same workflow as a band saw. Good to hear the versatility is there…I should mention i’d like to have a shop with the capabilities that give me the option to get projects done with efficiency (since time with 3 kids is scarce) and fun. But that comes at a cost and it doesn’t necessarily mean I need a band saw.

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sawneck

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#6 posted 12-14-2018 02:17 AM



You should get two bandsaws a small one and a big one. 14 inch and a 20 inch or bigger.
I use my bandsaws more then my table saw.
Bandsaws open up a whole new area of woodworking

- Aj2

Hah! so riniging endorsement for the Band saw purchase here! lol…i will have to take it step by step but i was next to an 18 inch Laguna the other day and i was super impressed by it.

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#7 posted 12-14-2018 02:23 AM

Do not pass go! Grab the 1412.

At work so no time for a long post but here's my review. and my short and sweet video.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#8 posted 12-14-2018 02:28 AM

Should I buy a Band Saw

Of course you should. Are you going to make furniture? with graceful curves? Then yes you need a band saw. Are you going to make band saw boxes? You need a band saw. Do you want the ability to re-saw lumber into different thicknesses? Then yes, you need a band saw.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 12-14-2018 02:53 AM

The 1412 is a good saw but it’s still a 14 wheel.
Bigger saws use longer blades that last longer have stiffer frames. And bigger table. I never thought I would want a saw bigger then my 20inch but I do. It has a 14 ft blade and will cut circles around my pm 14.
Good luck

-- Aj

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#10 posted 12-14-2018 02:55 AM



Should I buy a Band Saw

Of course you should. Are you going to make furniture? with graceful curves? Then yes you need a band saw. Are you going to make band saw boxes? You need a band saw. Do you want the ability to re-saw lumber into different thicknesses? Then yes, you need a band saw.

- bondogaposis

I change my mind and go with this answer.

I have 2 -14”. One with a riser. I use the crap out of them. So yeah. If you want to build furniture. I’m also of the opinion you could use a bandsaw.

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

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sawneck

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#11 posted 12-14-2018 02:55 AM


Do not pass go! Grab the 1412.

At work so no time for a long post but here s my review. and my short and sweet video.

- Andybb

lol..Nice video review..Maybe you should start a YT channel! What resaw blade did you have on it?

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sawneck

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#12 posted 12-14-2018 02:59 AM



Should I buy a Band Saw

Of course you should. Are you going to make furniture? with graceful curves? Then yes you need a band saw. Are you going to make band saw boxes? You need a band saw. Do you want the ability to re-saw lumber into different thicknesses? Then yes, you need a band saw.

- bondogaposis

all good points…Thanks for the input and covering most of what I have my eye on doing with a band saw…first project is a band saw box…Second is going to pull me away from it a bit, I want to build a dumbed down Roubo bench. I figure i could try cutting tenons on it. after that who knows. That alone will probably take 6 months to get done with.

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Kelly

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#13 posted 12-14-2018 03:01 AM

I gave away two or three Craftsman before I bought a Powermatic. I was not and many years later remain not disappointed in spending the money. What a HUGE difference there is between Craftsman toys and a real bandsaw.

I wouldn’t part with my cabinet saw for love nor money, but my bandsaws (now I have one for re-saw and one for scrolling) see more use than does my table saw.

For a quick rough cut of a small pieces, it’s a lot safer than the table saw. Unlike the table saw, it can scroll. Then there is the re-saw thing.

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Andybb

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#14 posted 12-14-2018 03:02 AM

Do not pass go! Grab the 1412.

At work so no time for a long post but here s my review. and my short and sweet video.

- Andybb

lol..Nice video review..Maybe you should start a YT channel! What resaw blade did you have on it?

- sawneck

Laguna Resaw King 3/4”. Still cuts hardwood like butter after a year. I’m not advocating for the expensive blade or really even for Laguna. It’s just that I spent 2 years trying to get a subpar BS to do what the 1412 does without batting an eye.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#15 posted 12-14-2018 05:49 AM

I just bought my 3rd bandsaw a Jet – 14” Model JWBS-14CS. I turned my delta 14” Platinum Edition bandsaw into a belt sander. I put together a good home brew metal backing platen for it. It works very well. I buy ¾ inch sanding belts for it from woodworker’s supply. I also have an 18 inch jet bandsaw I use for re-sawing, milling, cutting blanks for my lathe, etc..

I enjoy using all of my wood working tools, but my favorite tools are bandsaws and lathes.

Having said that, I worked for a propane company as a service tech for over 30 years, just retired this last march. In all of the hobby and, pro wood shops I saw over the years, the owners seldom or never used their bandsaw. And most talked about selling the one they had.

I just never understood that. I think a bandsaw is one of the most versatile wood shop tools there is.

-- For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.

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