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Forum topic by TEK73 posted 11-29-2020 09:02 PM 1341 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TEK73

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11-29-2020 09:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

Hi

Looking for a new bandsaw, one with a small footprint – as my shop is getting a bit cramped.
I have a old, small and bad one from before, and are looking for something with more power good quality.
I have a table saw and a 300mm planer/thiknesser, and would ideally be able to resaw same width as the thicknesser os able to handle. At the same time, I have to say that it is not often I work with 30cm wide lumber.
10-20cm quite often, but 30 would be only in special cases.

In my chase I’m finding that the Record Sabre 350 and Laguna 14/12 Bandsaw comes out at approximate the same price. There might be an option that Sabre 350 may be found at a bargin price, but lets consider them equal priced.
Both machines seem to have been developed quite recently.

https://www.recordpower.co.uk/product/sabre350-14-bandsaw-230v#.X8QKrS25Sf0
https://www.lagunatools.uk/laguna-products/bandsaws/14-12-bandsaw

Anyone have any input on what to select?
Anyone having experience from one (or both) of these?

Sabre-350

Laguna 14/12

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin


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#1 posted 11-29-2020 09:57 PM

The record looks exactly like the Rikon 10-326 that is available in the US. I was debating between the laguna and the Rikon and purchased the Laguna this week. It came down to the laguna felt and looked a little better build everywhere. The dust collection on the laguna looks much better thought out too. I’m happy with mine so far.

-- Dave

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#2 posted 11-29-2020 11:14 PM

I have had the Laguna 14/12 for close to two years and like it a lot. I’ve not resawn on it yet, but it has handled everything I’ve cut on it with ease. It is a solid, amply-powered saw. Blade changes are straightforward. Adjustments are easy to make during saw setup or after blade changes. Dust collection is good. I also bought the optional light that attaches to it and it is quite helpful.

I’m not familiar with the Record Power brand so I cannot offer opinions on it.

-- Gary, Wisconsin

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#3 posted 11-29-2020 11:26 PM

Problems with new steel frame band saws are not that uncommon. I’ve read about a lot. Dealer support may be worth taking into account.

Laguna has a spotty rep for that here in the states but in my one issue with a blade from them that broke prematurely they replaced it.

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ibewjon

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#4 posted 11-30-2020 01:34 AM

I have heard laguna has bad cs, but the couple times I have called, it was excellent. If line was busy, I got a call back in a short time. So no complaints from me. I have the 14 SUV handsaw and the 19/38 sander.

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#5 posted 11-30-2020 02:00 AM

I have had several Laguna tools. Their reputation for cs is a historical one that won’t go away. I have called multiple times on their products and always got great service

-- Rich

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TEK73

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#6 posted 11-30-2020 06:46 AM

Seems like most of you have been using Laguna (and are happy with your choice), does not seem to be many record sabre 350 users here?

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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TEK73

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#7 posted 12-01-2020 12:24 PM

One Laguna 14|12 is on its way…
Expected delivery in just a couple of days :-D

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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xedos

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#8 posted 12-01-2020 01:41 PM

Laguna in the UK ?

I’d forget that notion RIGHT NOW.

I’ve been dealing with them since the owner was peddaling Robland combos outa his trunk (boot) – and can attest to the spotty service at best. They’re great when you’re a potential buyer. Need after sale service a year or five later ? You’re lucky to receive a call back, let alone an answer or real help.

In fact, they no longer support Robland at all – the co. and machine that got them where they are today. Same with Meber bandsaws. I can only imagine what service will be like in the UK where there is no real infrastructure set up, let alone service. Even if it were – their operation is not a model of efficiency and effectiveness.

They are great at designing sexy machines and helpful accessories. Their cyclones while sexy with big specs on paper fall short on separation in the real world.

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#9 posted 12-01-2020 06:01 PM

Norwegian dealer, not UK.
And they have been around since 1873, so I think I’m be ok ;-)

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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