will give years of service; and sells for $1,100.
What could the Laguna have that the Grizzly does not?
The Laguna is lighter, so it is probably not radically more robust
While the Laguna has an American motor, I have never heard a complaint about
Grizzly motors, so that is probably not a big difference.
A search on 'laguna bandsaw' has many users complaining of customer service
and defects on delivery. Looking though 'grizzly bandsaw' doesn't show
such things, so that probably doesn't account for the price difference.
Laguna skips the miter gauge and includes their light duty fence; so those
are not advantages.
Maybe the Laguna blade guides are greatly superior (though I have never
actually heard that anywhere) but they sell for $265, so they can't account
for the $700 price difference, even if they are that good.
So, how does the Laguna justify the price difference? Because it is
Bulgarian rather than Taiwanese? That must be it. The Bulgarians are
widely know for their fine bandsaws.
More often than not numbers on specifications are what the manufacturers
want you to see. If you do a good search on Grizzly also you will probably
find complaints about how their products arrive. You see what you want to
see to justify your purchase.
I will say that I too read the complaints about Laguna and personally have
not had anything but a good relationship with them.
In many instances a Yugo performs just as well as a Lexus.
I am quite sure that you will be reporting back here that you are very happy
with your Grizzly purchase. It's all in what you are looking for in a BS.
If you have the freight forwarder offload it from the truck using their
electric lift expect to get a serious balance due bill from them. I got
clipped for 0.50+/lb. for a load of MDF cabinet doors I ordered for a job.
Smoked my biscuits.
Just got a G0593 & G1023SLWx a few weeks ago.
Grizzly sent me an email with the shipper & contact. I called
them and made sure they knew this was residential and I wanted
to have it end up in my garage at the end of a 30 ft slightly
sloping driveway. They said it was the driver's call but they
had delivered many Grizzly's and could usually pallet jack into
the garage. The biggest hassle was getting the jointer bed onto
the lift gate. Getting it all to the garage was not a big deal.
Tipped the driver....
Aye, I had problems with my Grizzly contractor saw, but their customer
service is the reason my shop keeps getting more and more Griz-Green. ;-)
I couldn't get one of the stamped steel wings to align. It was more curved
than my reading glasses. But a single phone call to Grizzly had cast iron
wings coming my way, and they split the shipping of the new/old wings. I
couldn't be happier. "Life Happens" but the Grizzly tech folks help me keep
making sawdust. ;-)
FIY, I strongly suspect also that the Griz in not crap. It all boils down
to what you are comfortable with in spending and willing to compromise with.
I had the $1,000 Rikon that got glowing reviews, "in it's class". What I
was looking for was a trouble free set up, perfect tracking, plenty of power
for resawing, and smooth operation. In my case I paid about 150% more than
the Rikon and for me I got what I wanted. IMHO well worth the extra money.
My purchase also included the mobility kit, shipping, Resaw King blade and 3
other blades. Discounting those items would have dropped the price more
then $500. My Laguna is so much more convenient to use that I use it for
more than I ever had used my previous BS. I don't think twice about
rolling it out and making a small cut rather than using the jig saw like I
used to do.
If you are in a hurry, I'd say go with the Griz, that is "probably" a safe
and economical choice.
If you want a lot of band saw that requires little to no prep and tweaking
before each use, I would say to look into Laguna and MiniMax. Both of those
companies have demo DVD's that point out advantages and in general what to
look for when shopping for a new BS.
I can say that if you step up to the Laguna or MiniMax you will not be
disappointed and may walk away with a silly grin on your face every time you
IMHO if you are going to use the saw occasionally any brand will probably be
good. If you are going to be using the saw regularly I'd say set your
sights a bit higher.
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