Sometimes it is and sometimes it is not. Is a Cabinet saw really worth the
extra cost over a bench top TS?
If you are going to be using the Laguna regularly and often, yes, it is
worth the extra cost. If you are going to only use it on weekends it may be
considered more of a luxury tool.
I recently purchased a Minimax MM16 and have not regretted it for a
second. If you take close look at the Minimax and Laguna, you'll see
that there is a huge difference in quality. If you're going to do
resawing or be using the saw a lot I would definitely go with a
I would aslo recommend the Minimax over the Laguna. It has more iron
and is beefier than the Laguna (in my opinion). And the Laguna sales
staff is arrogant and often unhelpful. Minimax has been a pleassure to
saw and still feel it was a fine piece of equipment and it did
everything I asked. However, after lurking here quite awhile and
reading Leon's posts, I decided a cabinet saw was in order - I also
determined based on his posts that a left tilt would be preferable for me.
After I had it for just a few weeks, I decided that I probably didn't
need it and found the left tilt awkward as I was used to a right tilt.
Now, a year and half later, I love this saw and love the left tilt and
have come to see it's many advantages. I enjoy it everytime I turn it on.
What does this have to do with a bandsaw - I say go for it if it won't
break the bank. Working with high quality tools is a pleasure in
itself, not just what they can do for you. It hurts the pocket
temporarily but if you can swing it, you have a tool for life that you
will take great pride in owning - long after the money is forgotten.
I don't have a laguna but I do have a minimax mm16 (which are on sale right
Yes, it is definately worth the price difference. I had a taiwanese band
saw before the minimax.
Best decision I've made yet to replace it.
I purchased the Jet 16 inch bandsaw and I love it. It is designed like the
european saw, ie. no riser block, but it does have 10+ iches of resaw
capacity. I had a jet 14 with the riser block for several years and worked
it to death...
Definitely. I owned a Taiwanese-clone of a Delta 16" bandsaw and found
it lacking in many areas especially precision. I spent countless
hours tuning that saw with only above-par results ultimately. I spent
$400 total on that saw. I eventually sold the saw.
Recently, I acquired a used 20" Centauro bandsaw for $650. It needed
some TLC to remove years of rust through neglect and bring it back to
peak performance. But the results are great. Well worth the money.
I have never used the less expensive bandsaws but I presume that they have a
rubber cover over the wheels. Most of the time the rubber is higher in the
middle which causes the blade to move over to one side as it runs. You might
try flattening the rubber with a little sandpaper to get the narrower blades
to stay in the middle.
The crown in the rubber tires is suppose to be there. It helps the blade
track correctly. The blade will naturally track to the high point of the
crown, all things being adjusted properly. Belt sanders use the same
technique to keep the belt tracking in the center of the rollers.
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