One thing that REALLY turned me off with Laguna was the very pushy
I have heard about that problem but never witnessed that at all personally.
I did however start the process off with "I want to see the saw before even
considering a purchase". Since you need to live near California to see the
saws and or wait for a WW show to come around they knew it would be a couple
of months before I purchased.
That said, I did not call until I was certain that I wanted to buy one and
when I did call I dealt with one salesman. He and I agreed on a price, IIRC
I got it for about $400 off reg pricing for everything I purchased. That
price would be lowered if the WW show offered a better deal. It did not.
So basically the conversations went on for 2 or 3 months. He never called
me unless he was returning my call.
I also considered MiniMax and they are headquartered in Austin TX about 3
hours away from where I live. I talked to them make an appointment to see
the saw of interest and they confirmed the appointment the day before.
The next day when I go there to look at their saw no one was aware I was
coming and the only saw they had to show me was missing the guides.... The
trip was a waste of time.