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I'm thinking of getting a Laguna 14/12 bandsaw. It's on sale right now at Rockler. As I recall, folks here like it. Are they still happy with it?

Long story: I tipped over my 70's era Delta bandsaw, almost crushed my beautiful wife, and broke the trunions and its support. Except that my wife has lost all trust in me and will never again help me move heavy machinery, at least eBay had the parts and I'll be out only about $110 to repair. But this thing has always been a struggle (the bandsaw, not my wife...up until now), so I'm looking to upgrade.
 

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I can't speak for the 14/12 specifically, but I have the 14 SUV, and I love it. It's just a well-thought-out design and manufactured with attention to detail. Based on my experience I wouldn't hesitate to buy the 14/12, especially considering the difference in price. Your mileage may vary . . .
 
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I have 16HD...
nothing like it..
zero negatives for this machine...
 
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I have and LOVE my 1412. The construction is amazingly solid, bearings that won't quit, Fit and finish is as nice as its performance. I've had it for a little over a year. I also got a Resaw King blade, which does and exceptional job. I also got mine on sale at Rockler.

I'm old, but using the video online about assembling it, I was easily able to assemble. Hint, don't be too quick to take the main part out of the foam packing. It's easier to move into position that way. You should also have a couple of 2x6s on hand to use during assembly.

I also had the Delta bandsaw, but it's a toy compared to the 1412. I fell for it when a friend and I went down to Laguna's HQ. He's an engineer and was totally impressed and bought the 20 inch.

I also bought a half, 3/8ths and 1/4 blade for it. Since then they introduced a model with a footbreak, but it is rather pricey for that feature. The 1412 winds down fairly slowly when you hit the off switch but it's not bad. I didn't buy the light, but did get the rolling base. Here's a picture of the way I set up a light. There are four pre-drilled holes, so I attached the light there. There's a plug for the light on the back of the spine. I used a 50w equivalent LED you see in the picture, and it really illuminates the blade area. I spent $12 for the goose neck lamp.

The Laguna fence is a dual purpose one. A low fence one way, turn it and it's a tall fence. Veddy clever. There are a number of other worthy saws, but for me, the Laguna outshines them all on sheer workmanship alone. Latuna set out to rule this class and they succeeded.

I also have a Laguna Fusion saw, when I assembled it, one wing was a tiny bit warped, so I called and they said, bring the saw in. I did and when I arrived, they'd assembled and set up a brand new saw! And then they used their machined steel straight edges and tested for flatness! You're not going to find a better saw in its class or better support. It has pretty much set the standard. On sale, its maybe 200-250 more than other 14 inchers, but to me, its worth every cent. Having compared it to Jet and Rikon, there was not much question about preference. You've probably read the reviews, most of which are sterling.

In other words, no hesitation on recommending the 1412. But do look up the assembly videos, it will make setup easy.

You will love working with it. I got $325 for the old Delta and a bunch of accessories and blades. Sorry the picture is sideways. I have no idea how to straighten it out.
 

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When looking to replace my old saw, I did alot of homework. The Laguna was on my top 3 list. I did settle for another saw (a bit bigger) but can tell you that the Laguna is a fine piece of equipment! For its size, price and capabilities, you can't go wrong... reviews of the saw in any number of different formats is almost universally positive.
 
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I now have a Grizzly 14" BS and it's a good saw but many years ago I had the Laguna 14" saw and it's a much better saw. Wish I had it back. :crying:
 

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I have 16HD...
nothing like it..
zero negatives for this machine...
I saw one running at a woodworking show. It appeared to have zero vibration, something the one I have does. I touched my hand to it just to see if I could feel any. The sales rep saw me do and said "Yeah, we spend time and money at the factory to make sure they don't vibrate".
 

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You can't go wrong with a Laguna. The only think I would say is that their warranty and customer service stink. However if you never need either than enjoy the great product.
We bought the 14SUV about 3 years ago and it's a fabulous saw, great piece of equipment. And contrary to some comments I hear about their customer service, which I have used many times, I have found it to be absolutely stellar. I know they used to have a bad rep on the CS side but I think they've turned that around.

I don't think you can go wrong with a Laguna bandsaw, period.

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Laguna has great customer service. They didn't a number of years ago, but they turned that around. Their very high end tools are manufactured to order, so you get to wait for them. But the consumer tools are always available, and a phone call will get you more help than you can believe.
 

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Great comments, folks. Thanks a lot! I'm thinking of spending a bit more and getting the 14BX (110v).

Regardless, I have a fairly small shop, and it needs to be mobile. Is the mobility kit any good, or did you go with some other solution?
@DesertRatTom I see you have the optional light. How do you like it? The Laguna site also has an alternative, with an arm:

https://lagunatools.com/accessories/bandsaw-accessories/bandsaw-lights/110v-halogen-light/

I'd prefer to convert either to LED, rather than halogen.
 

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Great comments, folks. Thanks a lot! I'm thinking of spending a bit more and getting the 14BX (110v).

Regardless, I have a fairly small shop, and it needs to be mobile. Is the mobility kit any good, or did you go with some other solution?
@DesertRatTom I see you have the optional light. How do you like it? The Laguna site also has an alternative, with an arm:

https://lagunatools.com/accessories/bandsaw-accessories/bandsaw-lights/110v-halogen-light/

I'd prefer to convert either to LED, rather than halogen.
@Furbo. I don't like their halogen light, so I set up my own. I attached a round electrical box (drilled 4 holes in the bottom to match the pre-drilled holes for their light mount. No new holes.

I took the base off a $13 goose neck table lamp, drilled a hole to mount it in the box and ran the wire back to the plug. The light is an LED spotlight, about 50 watt equiv. The gooseneck lets you aim the light directly at the blade. The stock light leaves the work area in a shadow and it is hot.

I haven't looked at their alternative, didn't know they had one. The old light has botten bad reviews.

The mobility base is a must if you're going to move it. It's a top heavy beast (all bandsaws are), so you want to move it carefully because it has 3 wheels and is easily tipped. However, I'd say the base is a must.

The brake is like an automotive disk brake. Clever. I'll take a peek at the light you mentioned.

I think you're really going to love the saw. Get blades while you're at it. The Resaw King for it isn't all that expensive, and the blades are all quite long (115 inches) so you'll have to order them.
 

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@furboo That alternative light is the same halogen unit mounted on a bendable arm. Don't know if you can sub out LED in it. But my light project only took an hour or two to set up. It was so easy I did the same on the 12 inch saw I keep in the shop out back. Abut 23 bucks and far nicer looking. My light looks nicer and gives great coverage--extremely bright.

My 1412 lives in my newly insulated garage with the jointer, planer and track saw. Occasionally, I go out there and just pat it. For much of my life, I couldn't really afford high quality tools, so the laguna tools are deeply appreciated.

Have fun picking it up. Having a friend help is nice, but the only part of the process that was a stretch for me was getting it off my truck and onto the garage floor. But I lowered it using my knees to ease it down. After that it was pretty easy. This will get you to the assembly and tune up videos. There are 14 of them. :grin:

 

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@furboo Here is a corrected picture of the light installed on the saw. It has a small toggle switch on it for on'off. You can see the bulb clearly. I bought a black painted fisture at Target. It matches the saw's finish.

If I were doing it again, I'd use an L bracket to mount it withe 4 holes drilled and attach it so the second leg went straight out. I'd drill a hole in that and put the lamp base through that. Simpler than putting in a box. To string the cord through, I'd remove the plug, then run the wire and add a new plug after cutting the wire to the right length, plus a couple of inches just in case. But I wouldn't put in a switch because the light goes on only when the saw is plugged in. I have never turned the light on or off. I think it makes a nice looking rig.

Another advantage of making your own light is that at $23 vs $150 bucks, you saved enough to buy a Resaw King blade.
 

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Here is a corrected picture of the light installed on the saw...
Another advantage of making your own light is that at $23 vs $150 bucks, you saved enough to buy a Resaw King blade.
That's very nice Tom, and I'll probably go this route. I have a small light with my current saw that'll do, for now. $150 is mighty steep for a simple light. I did order the saw this morning along, with the mobility kit, Resaw King, and a 1/4" blade. Thanks for all the help!
 
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