Any Canadians out there order a Laguna tool. Worth it or not?
I'm looking to make a bandsaw puchase in the next few months the options
Jet 14" (JWBS-14CS 14") $879
General International 90-240 ~$1500
Any other General Model.
Various Rigid, Delta, Canwood... From the big stores $499 up...
Or order in:
Laguna LT14SE (with Stand) $1522 + Shipping
Grizzly is NOT an option, at this time I don't think they have a reliable
shipping method to Canada.
General is my preference, as it seems to dominate the woodworking market up
here. The rest of the shop is General (with the exception of the Dewalt
No personal experience.
In a class I just took in Canada in July 05, there were two
participants who had purchased Laguna's. They both loved the machines,
BUT they both had troubles with getting them going.
The first gentleman's problems were minor and related to a broken
bracket, but it still took the distributor a couple of weeks to get it
The second fellow had 2 bad motors, and some other alignment issues.
He figured the alignment from bad shipping, and the 2 bad motors from
horrific quality control. He could see one, buy why the second one was
not tested before being shipped was beyond him. He felt if he could
return the saw it he would have, as dealing with the distributor in
Canada was a great frustration for him.
Both felt if you could buy it from a local dealer, apparantly not an
option, it would be worth a few hundred more $ for the service.
Buster . . . I owned a Laguna 16" bandsaw a number of years ago and sold
it to get the Canadian made General . . . best move I ever made. The
General saw is much better made than the Laguna. General now makes a 15"
saw with approximately 12" of resaw capacity. I get it in a heartbeat.
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