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I have two routers, a drill press, a miter saw and a 7 inch circular saw. I do not feel that affordable table saws are safe. I am considering band saws the most expensive of which is the Laguna 14 inch, and I am looking at others such as the Grizzley line and the Shop Fox 14 inch with the extenders.
Am I thinking along the right lines or should I be looking at other things? I generally use big box lumber or local retail places; I am not aware of any lumber yards. I am an amateur hobbyist woodworker who first learned about router use from the Router Workshop and consider myself a student of Honored Member Harry.
One other consideration for those who do not know is that I am a paraplegic so live in a wheelchair.

Thanks very much.

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I have Laguna (Italian made) and it is one fine piece of equipment...

consider this table saw w/o the stand to make it friendlier/safer to use... (make your own stand)...
Bosch GTS1041A REAXX? Jobsite Table Saw Takes User Safety to the Next Level and Also Saves the Blade | Business Wire
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Thanks @stick . Looks very promising. Any idea about the price?

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It depends a lot on what type projects you like doing Tom but I can see a table saw being a problem because it requires a pretty good reach across if you are seated. Maybe a power feeder would solve that but small saws aren't really sturdy enough for them and they cost about the same as a small saw.

I saw a Laguna BS at a woodworking show and I agree with Stick. It's almost like comparing a Corvair to a Cadillac compared to most other saws. I couldn't see any vibration so I put my hand on the frame and I couldn't feel any vibration either. The one odd thing I find about all bandsaws I've seen is that they are set up better for a left hander than a right hander. You could get close enough to the blade to work comfortably while seated but they aren't really made for sawing straight over any distance.

One machine that would be perfect for you is a scroll saw. Have you ever thought about scroll work? Everyone sits to do it.

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As Charles says, the type of project you like to work on will really determine the tools that would be best suited.

However, I would also ask, have you considered hand tools? Power tools aren't the be all, end all and you can do some pretty good work without them.

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On the saws your are considering, how high are the tables from the floor?

Too high and it will be very awkward or not possible to use and some cabinets can not be cut off/altered to lower the table height.
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On the saws your are considering, how high are the tables from the floor?

Too high and it will be very awkward or not possible to use and some cabinets can not be cut off/altered to lower the table height.
elevated floor...

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Thanks @stick . Looks very promising. Any idea about the price?
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no I don't...

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Stick: what do you mean by an "elevated floor"?
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Tom
Chuck said it right A scroll saw can add a lot to a hobbyist work shop. I use mine often when making templates. Costs wise I see them all the time on craigs list

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