The Laguna Band Saw arrived


Well it was like Christmas today. I have been waiting for my Christmas present since the middle of November. Two band saws later I have a LT16HD setting in my garage. I tried an 18" Rikon but it was not what I was looking for. Anyway the saw arrived today and was pallet jacked into my garage. It's heavy and built like a tank. It was bolted to a skid and covered with a card board box and banded. No visible signs of damage and all was well after removing all of the packaging. I ordered this saw with the Laguna mobility kit which works like a charm and with its wheeled lift and steering bar I can see it being used to move more equipment around the shop. Like many saws I had to mount the table and it was heavy, 60 to 80 lbs would be my guess. I also had to mound the motor, the 4.5 TEFC Baldor motor. Also heavy, my guess is 80+ lbs. The motor is 14" long not including the shaft and pulley and 10" wide at its widest point. I had to remove it and clock it 180 degrees after noticing that I would never be able to get to its grease fittings if left mounted like the picture indicated. Of course the table had to be removed again to aid with aligning the motor mounting bolts. It is certainly a two man job to mound that motor both times. :~) The table was wrapped in plastic and was the only piece covered in goo that needed to be cleaned. Upon closer inspection I noticed that the lower guide ceramic thrust bearing was missing. I looked every where for the missing piece and finally discovered that the brake micro switch was not actually as large as I had previously thought. Next to the micro switch and setting on the brake bar was the ceramic thrust bearing. Whew. Tomorrow I have to get a 10-3 power cord to attach to the terminal at the back of the saw and fire it up. I'll post some pictures on a.p.b.w.
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I feel like I should be loading up some logs to bring over for a resaw, Leon. Congrats, I hope it is everything you wanted.
I have read a lot about how little we use our bandsaws here compared to overseas. Some of my service buddies that have been overseas that have snooped around to find some wood shops reported back there is a real lack of table saws; they are few and far bewtween.
But they do have the super quality saws like you just got, and they tune the daylights out of them and purchase a few really good blades. They were really surprised to see how many operations they actually did on quality bandsaws.
One of them told me that most of the shops he went into simply didn't have the room for a tablesaws.
Can't wait to hear how the new big boy works out for you.
Robert
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I have been some what suprised to learn that in many cases the band saw is chosen over the table saw for normal every day ripping.

I'll report back asap.

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"Leon"

easier and safer. I'm sure you will love it. I keep a 1" 3tpi blade in it almost full time. I use my older 16" Delta three wheeler with 1/8" blade for the small cuts.
Dave
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I have about 15 bf of warped oak left over from an initial 250 bf. That small stack has been waiting on this saw.
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Leon-- I will be interested in how precise the Laguna resaws. I have the 16SE which is 3 years old. I dont think its available now but it was the model between the 16 and the 16HD. I have never been able to get it to cut straight on anything over 3 inches thick. Ive spent hours tuning it with little success. Keep me posted on the details of your tuneup.
Ben

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You betcha Ben. Check my new post titled, The new Laguna LT16HD part 2
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Congratulations, finally!
That motor is BIG ... when I see the lights dim over here today I'll know you fired it up. (BTW, you have more patience than me ... I wouldn't have gone to bed until I'd made some sawdust, someway, somehow, even if it meant bringing the hamster out of retirement)
Next step - we need to get Robert to drive in from San Antonio with some mesquite logs and have a christening.
... and when you're ready to see how many revolutions that thing can make Iturra's "Blade Gage" spin, let me know. ;)
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After waiting 5 months, whats another day or two? LOL Besides, in yesterdays 90+ degree heat and having to mount the motor and table 2 times I was pretty much worn out. Normally I would have thought that a bit wussy but my 18 year old son was as tired as I was.

YEAH...!!!!!!!!!!!! Robert?? are you listening??? HUH? We can use the smaller pieces to smoke the brisket.

I'll locate the cheater bar. :~)
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Leon wrote:

Have fun! and watch your fingers.
Dave
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You suck! I mean, congratulations! :)
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No, you suck, I mean THANK YOU. I love the saw so far.
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Never mind the bull...put that beast to work..*G*
Use it in good health, Leon.
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wrote:

Thank you Robatoy. I have already made several pieces of "fire starter" and a pointy stick and.... a little bit of test resawing. I'm gunna keep it for sure.
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