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Forum topic by TheWeiss posted 08-07-2020 06:58 PM 1002 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-07-2020 06:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: promo free shipping powertool purchases woodcraft question

Hey everyone!

I’ve been saving up for a couple months to buy some big ticket power tools and I am real close to pulling the trigger on the items listed below:

Table saw: Sawstop professional (3 HP w/36 in power glide fence plus extras)

Bandsaw: Laguna 18 BX 3 hp

Dust Collection: LAGUNA C|FLUX:2 MDCCF22201

I’ve been thinking about buying all of these at the same time, to see if I can get a deal or some extra benefits. Ideally, I’d like to get free shipping and free setup thrown in at a minimum. I also want to try to see if I can get them to honor some off-cycle promotions (SawStop does a twice a year free accessory promotion, Laguna does a 10% promotion a few times a year and they are currently running a 10% dust collection promo).

I live pretty close to a Woodcraft in Pennsylvania and not too far from a Woodcraft in Delaware so I also might be able to swing some tax-free shopping in Delaware and save myself PA’s 6% sales tax.

Has anyone else done any of this? Has anyone tried and failed? I welcome your thoughts.

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#1 posted 08-07-2020 07:08 PM

Free setup? I don’t think that will happen. Most people get it left at the bottom of the driveway so the homeowner can’t blame the crack in the driveway on the shipping company.

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#2 posted 08-07-2020 07:18 PM

It’s sounds like a great plan. Setting up our own machines shouldn’t be something to shy away from. Woodshop Captains have many’s hats. Designer,electrician,mechanic and the cleaner upper.
I would be surprised if you can even buy one or more of those machines right now. Our here near me everything is in short supply.
Lots of people have the same idea as you. If you can find the machines seriously consider picking them up your self. Lots of delivery problems are happening.

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#3 posted 08-07-2020 07:40 PM

The Weiss

If you are new to woodworking I would suggest you wait to buy the slider unless you have experience using one, you can always purchase it after the fact, you might find it’s an accessory you won’t use that much.

As far as Laguna tools are concerned,that company does not have a good reputation for customer service, Their products are made in the same factory as a number of other brands. Free set up is a big plus but many times I’ve heard where that never comes about, so I would get that in writing including what set up means and a timeline for it to be done. I usually suggest to my students look at comparable products from Grizzly or Shop Fox, same manufacturer. Good luck regardless of what route you take.


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#4 posted 08-07-2020 07:53 PM

Learn to set your own tools or you’ll be calling the millwright 2x a year. You can’t call yourself a craftsman if you can’t set up your own tools.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#5 posted 08-07-2020 07:53 PM

It will be interesting to hear how this works out for you, be sure to let us know. But I’m thinking the setup isn’t gping to happen, although a Woodcraft might be want to do it to get the multiple sales. They are mostly independent businesses and you may have an owner hungry to enough to do so. I think the sales tax might be a stretch, especially on a bordering state…but it’s certainly worth looking into. But if it were me, I’d probably buy from an online retailer like Acme Tools, Tool Nut, or take-your-pick of a long list. But then, I don’t any sources close at all to where I live.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#6 posted 08-07-2020 08:22 PM

Yeah, the setup is the lowest item on my list and I really wouldn’t mind doing it myself, but it’s tough to pass up if it’s free. I also think they may be better at spotting missing, defective or damaged parts. Let them spot it a mile away rather than leaving me questioning my competence and having an existential crisis over parts that don’t fit…. which plays into some of the out of the box issues that people have had with Laguna.

@A1Jim Not new to woodworking but I’ve been getting by with decent tools. I’m looking to buy forever tools that will leave me wanting for nothing (to the extent my budget allows). While many tools are made in the same factory they do switch materials, allowable tolerances and QA/QC procedures when they make tools for different brands. I watched thew switch over from DeWalt to Black and Decker at factory once and they literally swap out the plastic beads in the hoppers for cheaper materials when they switch over. So they look exactly the same (same molds and all) and come from the same factory, but they are not equally created.

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#7 posted 08-07-2020 08:47 PM

The Weiss your right about different companies having different species, when I bought my laguna 16hd it had great reviews and it was made in Italy but still had a table with a surface equivalent to 40 grit sandpaper, I spent years trying to get laguna to change it out, that never happened, my bad experience with their customer service was echoed by many of the LJ members and some of my students. From my experience, Grizzly has just as good tools and far better customer service. It’s your money and your choice and we all have opinions as to what a forever tool is. I don’t know that it’s the case with you but many people asking opinions about the tools they have listed have really made up their mind that they want the tools they ask about but are really just looking for confirmation as to what they have on their tool list is great. Enjoy what ever equipment you of luck.


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#8 posted 08-07-2020 08:58 PM

I can vouch for the sawstop I’ve got that one. Wonderful tool.

I can’t vouch for the dust collection but just to say you can never get enough. Looks like you’ve opted for a decent one.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 08-07-2020 09:33 PM

I agree I love my Sawstop ICS 5hp 100% quality and fantastic customer service.


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#10 posted 08-07-2020 10:49 PM

I have 3 Laguna machines, and the minimal customer service I needed was great. Very professional. Had questions about the used 19/38 sander u purchased, and the customer service was great. I would have no hesitation buying any machines from Laguna.

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#11 posted 08-07-2020 11:04 PM

I’ve had my eye on a SS for a while. I’m not sure what all you do but my intention is to get the 50 inch fence to have the ability to break down sheets goods easier. That’s just my opinion on it but if you do that type of thing and have the room I’d take a second look at a bigger fence

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#12 posted 08-08-2020 02:00 AM

When I bought my unisaw new 15 years ago, bought a magnetic base and a dial indicator to check the machine, and found it was dead on right out of the box.

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#13 posted 08-08-2020 03:22 AM

Learn to set your own tools or you ll be calling the millwright 2x a year. You can t call yourself a craftsman if you can t set up your own tools.

- Madmark2

And you can’t be a real airline captain unless you do your own maintenance.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#14 posted 08-08-2020 04:05 AM

Yep. That’s why the pilot is a systems analyst familiar with hydraulics, power systems, avionics, etc., etc. and why the pilot is responsible for physically doing the preflight walk around.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#15 posted 08-08-2020 11:05 AM

I think that assembling your tools and being familiar with them is critically important.

I am not a fan of the short come style dust collectors but if your circumstances.make it necessary then OK.

I have had very good customer service when I called Laguna.

I recommend the industrial base for the SawStop.

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