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Forum topic by DalyArcher posted 12-12-2019 04:54 AM 810 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-12-2019 04:54 AM

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Okay, I think I have narrowed it down. I have a max budget of 1600 CAD for a new bandsaw.

I am thinking between the Laguna 14twelve or the 14” rikon model that is so popular.

Both can convert to 220, a must in my rating matrix. Laguna has ceramic guides, the rikon has slick, easily adjustable bearing guides.

Rikon has a 5 year warranty, laguna 3. Both are just shy of 1500 before shipping.

Anyone want to offer an opinion? I mainly want the saw for resawing 4/4 stock, taking down poplar for drawer-sides and such. Not planning to mill heavy logs and Im not a wood turner.

Just to complicate things, i have a nagging desire to delay the purchase a month or three and try to swing the Laguna 14bx 220. Several features in this model I prefer including a 1” blade capacity over the aforementioned models at 3/4”. Also it is a 2 hp motor over the 1.75 (debatable whether this is a measurable advantage) The big feature the bx has that I really like is the foot brake.

Its an extra $500 for the BX model over the 14twelve. Worth it?

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#1 posted 12-12-2019 12:47 PM

I have the Rikon 14” and love it. I only use a 1/2” blade for resawing and it works great

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#2 posted 12-12-2019 01:15 PM

I bought a Laguna 14/12 this year and it works great with a Timber Wolf 1/2” blade. I really don’t have any complaints with it. That being said, if I had to do it over again I might go for the Rikon simply for the bearing guides. The ceramics work fine, but I’m wondering how long they’ll last and how much of a pain it’ll be to replace them.

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#3 posted 12-12-2019 01:31 PM

Both saws will work for you but being in Canada you should seriously look at the Stallion, on sale now at Canadian Woodworkerds. Even the Magnum from KMS is a pretty decent saw for what you want. Best bet is find something used?

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#4 posted 12-12-2019 02:36 PM

I have a Laguna 14bx and bought that over the 1412 for the foot brake. I like that I can stop the blade quickly. It is safer since it keeps me from clearing scraps near a moving blade. It is quicker to change setup or jigs.

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#5 posted 12-12-2019 03:08 PM

I am new to bandsaws and recently bought a new Laguna LT14SUV model, which I think is similar to the 14bx. I don’t know anything about the Rikon 14 model. The Laguna unit has ceramic guides and the brake. I like the brake alot as it is quite a nice feature to be able to quickly stop the blade. The jury is still out on the guides. Maybe because bandsaws are new to me but I find it a challenge to get good access to the lower blade quides on this model to be able to set them up in position when first tuning.
I am also looking at getting set up to use 3/16” blades and now discovering that I need the $150 mini-guide from Laguna or use a higher costing solution from Carter.
In summary, see how each model fits your style of working and explore ease of blade changes, guide alignment and how each model will accommodate smaller blades should you want to use them.
My two cents.

-- Tom in Austin

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#6 posted 12-12-2019 03:33 PM

I recently purchased the Rikon and have been incredibly pleased with it. I compared ti with the Laguna, and felt I was getting just a tad more for my money. But, I doubt for a second I would have been disappointed with the purchase of either.

In the end, I probably chose the Rikon for the bearing guides, tool-less adjusting of said guides, and the price. I grabbed it when Woodcraft put Rikon stuff on sale for 15% off.

At this level, I am not sure one will be a bad decision…. Sorry, I know that’s not very helpful.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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#7 posted 12-12-2019 08:48 PM

The Rikon with the DVR upgrade is probably the best band saw I’ve ever used. It regularly wins awards.


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#8 posted 12-12-2019 09:32 PM

I own a Rikon 14” bandsaw and use a laguna 14” at my woodworking club shop. I would buy the Rikon the club has had problems with the laguna and I don’t like the ceramic guides. I am sure the problems are due to club members abuse but it hasn’t held up as well as the jet it replaced. My first impression was the laguna was made well but after seeing it in use l am glad I bought the Rikon bandsaw.

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#9 posted 12-13-2019 06:30 AM

I have an 18” Rikon, and dearly love that saw. Mine came 100% right, but a friend bought one, and another friend went with the Laguna. Both had problems right away. The friend with the Rikon, got fixed, and has gone on to buy other Rikon equipment. The one with the Laguna did not get right, and he doesn’t have anything good to say about Laguna, Torbin, or anyone in the Customer Unservice department. Since this all happened I know of several other guys who have bought Rikon, and done well with the purchase. Nobody else has gone down the Laguna road.

Crazy thing is this is a recurring theme, and he knew that before he bought

But this is what makes me think I know which way to go.



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#10 posted 12-13-2019 06:36 AM

I am also looking at getting set up to use 3/16” blades and now discovering that I need the $150 mini-guide from Laguna or use a higher costing solution from Carter.

- skewed

They do math different where you are from, than from where I am from I guess.

The more expensive Carter small blade stabilizer 80 bux if you buy it from Carter. Less if you get it on sale through P Tree or other.

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#11 posted 12-13-2019 02:02 PM

Sorry..not trying to hijack the thread…
I like the lower costing solution that provides quality results just like anyone.
The math I used was from Carter. I was quoted pricing for the stabilizer and the guides that they said were required.
Like I said, I am new to bandsaws so it is possible I misunderstoood what Carter was saying.

therealSteveN – does my Laguna LT14SUV require anything other than the $80 Carter stabilizer?


-- Tom in Austin

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