Rikon 14 deluxe vs Laguna 1412

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05-26-2020 12:21 PM

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I have read several threads from older posts comparing bandsaws. I am looking to buy my first bandsaw, I want a 14” 110 volt due to the wiring limitations in my small shop. I toward either the laguna 1412 or the rikon 14 deluxe. I am definitely open to other suggestions. I am stretching my budget for both of those saws. I had looked at the jet 14 fxs but cannot find any reviews of it. Just looking for advice from more experienced woodworkers as I am a beginner.

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#1 posted 05-26-2020 12:32 PM

I have the Laguna 1412 and the only thing I don’t like about it are the blade guides.

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#2 posted 05-26-2020 12:47 PM

I have the Rikon 14-326. I love everything about it.

I have owned it since August or September of last year. It is my first larger bandsaw (that I’ve owned). It has done everything I have asked of it, and done it well. I use it almost every day. I use it to cut curves, cut straight lines, I’ve resawn a few things.

I’m trying to think of anything I’ve been unhappy with… Nothing pops right into my head.

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

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#3 posted 05-26-2020 01:18 PM

The Jet, Rikon and Laguna 14” saws are very similar. I looked at all three at a local woodworking store and chose the Rikon based on price alone. It’s been a great addition to my shop, and my only gripe is that the bottom storage door does not open fully with the wheel kit installed.

-- Kjell - Eau Claire WI

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#4 posted 05-26-2020 06:56 PM

The ONE thing I hate about the Rikon I bought so I wouldn’t have to change guides and blades on my PM is, the lower wheel shaft system.

Unlike my PM and other saws, it can be adjusted. From the get go, the belt wanted to move and rub against the cabinet, indicating need for adjustment. I ignored it, until I noticed 3/4” blades pulsing. Now, it’s the all day trial and error job of adjusting the four bolts to improve alignment to stop the rubbing, stop the pulsing, and to get the blade to ride where it should on the wheels.

This means killing the saw, loosen tension, back off two bolts, move the other one a smidge (oops, should have been a half smidge), then snug the others back down, reset tension, fire it up…..

Start over

Oh, and I swapped the stop guides for the quick adjust.

My guess is, go with Laguna.

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#5 posted 05-26-2020 08:40 PM

I have the laguna, 220 volt. Looked big in the store, not so big once it was in the shop, small foot print. A bigger table would have been nice. I think the blade guides could have been set up better too. I do a lot of ripping on it and feel it is a super safe machine to use.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 05-26-2020 08:48 PM

I have the Laguna 1412 and the only thing I don’t like about it are the blade guides.

- GT350

What is it that you don’t like about the guides? I have read where alot of people feel the ceramic are great, this is my first bandsaw so I have no experience with setting up the guides.

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#7 posted 05-27-2020 12:30 AM

I have had the 1412 and upgraded to the 220 14bx. Both great saws. Love the guides and don’t understand why some people dislike them.

-- David, Kentucky

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#8 posted 05-27-2020 03:22 AM

I also have a Laguna 14bx and like the guides. I like that ceramic guides are supposed to “just touch” the blade – removes the question of spacing.

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