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Forum topic by jrowe88 posted 06-14-2020 01:31 AM 1211 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jrowe88

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06-14-2020 01:31 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw laguna f2 f3 question

Hey there – I am looking to upgrade from a Dewalt 746 hybrid to a Laguna. Can any owners of the F2 or F3 give me thoughts on the following:

1) I have a small, narrow shop and my saw is parked against the wall. For ripping or any larger cuts, I pull it away from the wall and rotate it. Given the fixed castors of the Laguna saws, how easily can they be moved and slid around (e.g, perpendicular to the castor roll direction)?

2) How removable is the outfeed table that comes with the F3? I don’t really have room for it, but it looks like it is meant to be permanently installed, not added/removed as needed. Is that so?

3) Any other reasons you chose the F3 over the F2? The weight and motor are making me lean that way.

Thanks!


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#1 posted 06-14-2020 05:12 AM

These are new so I am not sure you will find the answer you are looking for. I did watch the video on their site and the F3 is very nice. That outfeed table and DC standard are great.

I’d still but a PCS though from SS.

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#2 posted 06-14-2020 09:47 AM

F1 and F2 have lightweight aluminum trunions. Not even contractor size. F3 looks very nice except one specification. It is very short from the blade to the front edge of the table. That ruled it out for me. I have seen reviews (someone actually using it) that said it as as smooth as can be.

A PCS is nice, but fully configured we are talking over 4 grand. A Powermatic is sweet, but again a lot of money. I am seriously looking at the Harvey C-300. Happy with my band saw. I have a contractor saw now and want the heavier, smoother of a 3 HP cabinet and most important, a real riving knife.

You can download the owners manuals and parts diagrams to see how they are built internally. Big hints. I looked at about every 3 HP cabinet. Lots of shared parts but that is no surprise as they are all made to spec by a small group of actual manufacturers. The Laguna looks to be the same as the entry Baleigh. Harvey, GeeTech etc are the actual manufactures. Who builds what seems to change batch to batch.

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#3 posted 06-14-2020 02:26 PM


Hey there – I am looking to upgrade from a Dewalt 746 hybrid to a Laguna. Can any owners of the F2 or F3 give me thoughts on the following:

Why do you want to replace the DW? I have had mine for many years, and other than no riving knife upgrade available, I have been happy with the saw, especially the built in sliding table.

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jrowe88

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#4 posted 06-14-2020 03:02 PM


Why do you want to replace the DW? I have had mine for many years, and other than no riving knife upgrade available, I have been happy with the saw, especially the built in sliding table.

- ibewjon

...hmm, the same question my wife asked! ;-) Truthfully, I have been pretty happy with the Dewalt and only major complaint/regret is that I didn’t get the cast iron extensions back when they were available and the dust collection doesn’t seem to work well (granted I haven’t messed with it a whole lot). My cousin is looking for a TS on a tight budget, so I thought I would use all that as an excuse to get a new saw (that, yes, I don’t really need).

@tvrgeek, thanks for the detailed response. I hadn’t thought to consider the front edge-to-blade distance. Looking at the various brands, the Laguna struck me as a really well thought out and quality saw for the price ($1K less than the comparable SawStop).

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#5 posted 06-14-2020 03:36 PM

I am lucky I did get the cast extensions when available. The small table in front of the blade doesn’t sound good to me, I guess I could get used to it. Or add an infeed table. It seems every new tool has something against it.

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LGLDSR73

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#6 posted 11-26-2020 07:11 PM

Jrowe88,

I am in the same boat. I have an F2 on order and the the saw will be placed against the wall in the garage until needed, the moved into the center of the garage. I’ve been looking for input on how easily this moves along the floor. Did you ever get an answer?

Best,

Lyman

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#7 posted 11-26-2020 08:25 PM

Hi @Lyman – I kind of abandoned my Laguna infatuation when I found out from someone that the blade-to-front distance was so short. I then got on a Harvey kick after discovering that brand and understanding their history. And, guess what, I’m still using the Dewalt with its caster setup (2 fixed in the back, one swivel with a pedal to raise/lower in the front)!

So, I can’t be much help, but I think in my on-again-off-again relationship looking at SawStops, I convinced myself that I would like a 4-caster setup where all the wheels swivel since any new saw would be a couple hundred pounds heavier than what I have now and can man-handle on a dusty floor pretty easily.

A really long answer, for “No”. Good luck and hope you love your saw.

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