Well I pulled the trigger on a new bandsaw. Bought the Laguna 14SE . I
first looked at the saw at the woodworking show two years ago. I was
very impressed with the resaw capability. But I had a fine Delta 14 in
the garage so I just could justify it. Then at this years show of
course I had to go by and look again.
I had been thinking about buying a riser kit for the delta. But in the
back of my mind I knew I was not going to be happy. I have the 1 hp
version and it struggles with 6" resawing. Patience is the word for it.
So thinking about wider resawing was also going to require a motor
upgrade as well. So when I started adding up the new motor cost, the
riser kit, plus I would need a new set of longer blades I was looking
at more than $400 (see you can rationalize anything). So I negotiated
with the salesman at the Laguna booth. Back and forth but we couple of
times but we could reach agreement on the price. So I walked. 3 weeks
later they called me. I knew those end of quarter sales numbers would
come around. A bit more back and forth and I got the price below the
wood show price. So I went for it. The saw, their 1 inch "resaw king"
blade (which is really nice) and some smaller blades as well. I can't
wait to have 2hp and 12" of resaw capability. I'll let you guys know
how it goes. I'm working on a project right now for a client that is
made of Santos Mahogany. Very dense stuff. We'll see how it does.
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