True. the top end Laguna saws are probably equal to the Mini-max, since they
upgraded their motors on their higher end saws. I think Laguna ought to
focus on the high end. Their lower end saws are among some serious
competition and I don't know that they compete all that well.
Minimax just upgraded as well. Their MM16 has a 4.5HP motor and 16"
resaw depth. Pretty similar to the Laguna LT16HD. Minimax is about 70
lbs. heavier, has a cast iron fence and a few other features, but it's
getting to be a coin toss.
On Sun, 21 Aug 2005 21:13:41 -0600, Steve DeMars wrote
Check out Yahoo's discussion groups, lots of info there.
I have a previous generation MM16. Fantastic saw! The new generation has
greater cut depth and more (4.8) horsepower. I think this class of saw is
worth the upgrade price over the standard Jet/Delta/Griz in the same size
class _if_ you need the extra features (heavy resawing, etc.).
If you can afford it, the 24" saws are even nicer.
I've got the Laguna Tools 16 SEC -
1. table tilt turnion is stamped steel, not cast iron
2. rack in rack and pinion blade guard is nylon not
3. table tilts only one way beyond about 3 degrees
4. to tilt the table there's a handy knob on
one side but you need a wrench for the other
As for the cast iron fence - the LTs have them but
they're too short for resawing. For that matter
the tables are kind of small. You'll probably end
up making a new larger table - with extensions
AND a resaw fence. This one's the one I did based
on American Woodworker article.
I'm not sure what you'd need a 4.5 hp motor for, even
for resawing or cutting up mini-logs. A 3/4"
3 TPI hook tooth blade will do it IF you set the guides
up right, have the proper tension and a fence that
can be set to parallel the blade's "lead" My saw will
handle 1 1/4" blades but they just generate more
heat and the tension they need ain't great for the
Having 18 or 24 inches of exposed blade puts
my teeth on edge unless a power feeder is
Bottom line - when you get up into the $1200 to
$2000 bandsaws they'll all do just about anything
you can think of a bandsaw can do - fairly easily.
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