Woodcraft is having a 10% off Sale Saturday the 8th. I am looking to buy a
band saw. The decision is between the 14" Powermatic with a riser block and
the 16" Jet. I have been reading reveiws and am more undecided than ever.
Does anyone have any comments?
Fortunately Woodcraft will let you return it if you don't like your decision
for up to a year. I just went through all of this and it was my decision to
bend over and go with a Laguna 16HD. I was pretty disappointed with the 18"
Rikon and it got better reviews than most all the Chinese and Taiwan imports
with the top name badges. I, however was looking for a saw that will make
smooth resaw cuts for veneer that does not require sanding before gluing to
a substrate. The decision boiled down to the MiniMax and the Laguna.
After comparing the quality of cut the Laguna won out. So if you have a
specific task in mind that may be demanding you should PUT YOUR HANDS on the
saw or see its quality of performance before taking it home.
I can't remember all the details but I felt more features on the PM14; also
have a friend who loves his. I tend to analyze and research a purchase maybe
more than I should sometimes. I'm always balancing cost versus performance,
and options versus standard, etc. Still, in the end, it's each purchaser's
opinions depending on the work they'll be doing that determine value.
So IMHO, best value, it's Powermatic with riser and that's what I bought.
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