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Beeralchemist

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10-04-2019 02:42 AM

I’m slowly planning future acquisitions as I’m wiring my small 12×20 shop. I’m trying to decide on a bandsaw in the $1500 range. My current knowledge sucketh on bandsaws so looking for opinions. I want resaw of 12” minimum. I see that Jet, Grizzley, Rikon, and Laguna all do this. Laguna is out due to such horrendous reviews about customer service. So what options are out there that meet the resale requirement but also are great for other reasons like accuracy, fence quality, table, weight, power, and anything else I’m not thinking of about what makes a great bandsaw.


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#1 posted 10-04-2019 03:13 AM

I’ll share what I think makes a great bandsaw. The blade .
My Resaw bandsaw is a 20inch it will tension a .035 thick blade and thinner.
I hardly ever resaw over 10 inches because wide stuff just cups.
Any of the saws under 20 are really in the same category 14,16,18.
I also have 14 inch pm its a good saw. I use Olsen blades on my pm.
And woodmaster ct on my B- 20/20.
I also think the comment about Laguna is old. And it’s not very accurate I’ve had good service from them.

Good Luck

-- Aj

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Beeralchemist

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#2 posted 10-04-2019 04:10 AM

Thanks, good thoughts on cupping and Laguna. I’ll do more research about Lagunas current customer service. By the specs they look like good equipment for the price. If customer service isn’t there though, competition is too tough.

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#3 posted 10-04-2019 04:13 AM

With a $1500 budget, you’re golden. Jet, Laguna are all good. You could even flirt with an 18” saw.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 10-04-2019 11:43 AM

Rikon would be my suggestion, followed by Grizzly. My 10-340 is a beast and their CS is well regarded. Watch out for old, over rated brand names with hefty price tags that don’t provide value. With your budget, an 18” is do able. It will provide more resaw than a 14” while putting less strain on the blade as a side benefit of wheels that are larger than those on a14”.

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#5 posted 10-04-2019 12:32 PM

I am very happy with my Laguna 14 SUV. 14” cut and resaw, and a large enough motor to do the job. And the dust collection is also good.

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#6 posted 10-04-2019 03:28 PM

Since you state a 12” minimum resaw capacity, a 14” saw isn’t going to do it. You are going to need a minimum of 16” and a BIG motor. Resawing 12”+ takes lots of hp. I would guess a minimum of 5 hp.

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#7 posted 10-04-2019 03:52 PM

I have sliced 12” mesquite on my Rikon 10-326 without any problem. Get a good blade like the Laguna ReSaw King and the rest is easy.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#8 posted 10-04-2019 04:07 PM

The Laguna 14 SUV has a 14” resaw, and I think it has a 3hp motor. It’s the 14/12 that doesn’t.

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#9 posted 10-04-2019 04:23 PM

There’s a few good deals on bandsaws out near. I know the used market is not a new woodworkers first choice.
https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/tls/d/whittier-agazzani-band-saw/6974835463.html
We are also flush with good used jointers.

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#10 posted 10-04-2019 06:25 PM

Rikon 10-326 with the DVR upgrade.

Rich

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#11 posted 10-04-2019 06:38 PM


Thanks, good thoughts on cupping and Laguna. I’ll do more research about Lagunas current customer service. By the specs they look like good equipment for the price. If customer service isn’t there though, competition is too tough.

- Beeralchemist

Love my Laguna 14/12 and the customer service was excellent the one time I needed it. If I had $1500 to spend on one I’d buy the SUV though. There have been times when a piece of stock with a lot of tension has bogged down my 120V 14/12. YMMV as people swear by other brands as well. Same as some people swearing by Ford or Dodge or Chevy.

With a $1500 budget you will certainly be able to find a good saw that will serve you well for a long time.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#12 posted 10-04-2019 11:45 PM

a note: Laguna 14/12 mband14bx220-250 is on sale for $1350 just about everywhere. I just purchased one (to be picked up Saturday). 220v, 2.5HP…yada yada yada. Laguna cust serv could be hit & miss. But gotta admint, the Laguna 14/12 in general is legendary.

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#13 posted 10-07-2019 03:22 PM

Thanks for all the replies. I was out of town and couldn’t log in, apparently my phone’s IP was tagged as SPAM so the forum wouldn’t let me log in with it. I’ll have to figure that out. Once I’m done with wiring my shop and getting it dry-walled and final inspection, I’ll be able to start the tool acquisition process. I have my fingers crossed on holiday sales, maybe I can squeak out a little more budget for the bandsaw. Table saw and jointer/planer is eating up most everything though.

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#14 posted 10-07-2019 03:28 PM


Thanks for all the replies. I was out of town and couldn t log in, apparently my phone s IP was tagged as SPAM so the forum wouldn t let me log in with it. I ll have to figure that out.

- Beeralchemist

Mine is too. I can use the mobile browser on my IOS devices, but trying to log in on my laptop tethered to my AT&T connection says it’s spam.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#15 posted 10-07-2019 06:16 PM

Hands down Laguna 14/12!
I bought this saw after a lot of research, and believe me, their customer service is amazing. Not sure where you hear it wasn’t? Just call them! I have worked quite a bit with them an never had a problem. You will not be disappointed!
-Dale M.

-- 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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