1998 Laguna LT18 Value

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Forum topic by PatrickIrish posted 02-17-2019 09:59 PM 387 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2019 09:59 PM

About 300 miles from me is a 1998 Laguna lt18. The owner swapped out the 3hp leeson and added a 5hp single phase leeson. Think it also has the mobility kit.

This worth $1200? I was thinking $900 considering I’d need to rent a truck with a lift gate to move it right.

Has 12” of resaw and euro guides.

A new Laguna with a 14SUV is $1800 with 3hp and 14” resaw.

The 18” BX has a 3hp and 16” resaw and a massive 20×26 table.

Wonder if going new and having warranty and shipped to my door is worth the extra $$$.

I currently have a 14” delta I could sell for $300 quickly. Dont really have the room for two bandsaws.

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#1 posted 02-23-2019 01:52 PM

Until see and hear it run nobody can really access it’s current value. Is it worth $1200 or $900? How much will it cost to rent a truck & pay for gas? A new saw will run more than $4000.

Pro’s: saw made in Itialy and not China.
Con’s: while know age of the saw; don’t condition. We don’t know if owner will take less.

If can call individual and find out if really worth visiting, and seller willing to bargain, drive to his house with someone to drive your car back and rent a truck there for one way trip might save you some money.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 02-23-2019 02:00 PM

Is this the one on ebay by any chance in Cali?


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#3 posted 02-23-2019 03:28 PM

I have heard nothing but bad news about Laguna’s customer service including my own experience with them.

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#4 posted 02-23-2019 04:02 PM

My suggestion is, unless you need an 18” saw, call or sign up to get on Laguna’s demo list. I recently got Laguna’s 14/12 bandsaw (a demo version) and am nothing but amazed with their tools and their customer service. I too have heard about bad service, but they have been nothing but help to me. I have called them numerous times lately and they have always responded within minutes of my calling and have been very helpful. I have had this same kind of service with emailing them also.
My reason for suggesting their demo’s is partly their price. After tax and shipping, (shipping is $175 due to the saw being assembled already) the saw was $170 cheaper than Rockler’s list price for the saw! I received the saw and started to wonder if they actually use their demo tools or whether they just use them in their warehouse. I contacted Laguna and they said that their demos are not used for actual cutting, just show. Honestly, when I got the saw I couldn’t tell a difference between it and Rockler’s floor model saw it was is so good of condition!
Hope this helps!

At the bottom of this link you can fill out a form to get on the demo waiting list:

If you wish to contact Laguna I’d suggest trying Morgan Helshoj:
[email protected]

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#5 posted 02-23-2019 05:37 PM

Do you need an 18” 5hp BS? But if you have a 14” now and need the larger table size then you know what you need. If so it sounds like a deal. If not the Laguna 14 line is excellent and the 1412 is less than $1K new and has a 12” (really 13”) resaw height. But if you need 18” $1200 sounds like a deal if it’s in good shape.

I have had nothing but great customer service from them. My 1412 with the Resaw King blade cuts 12” slices of everything I have thrown at it like butter including cocobolo and bubinga. My friend that has a Delta 14 is a luthier and brings his resaw stuff over for me to cut.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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