Ok, lets look three years down the road.
It's been my experience that all most all woodworkers, as they get more
experienced, gravitate towards one particular form of woodworking with only
occasional forays into other projects.
Some do jewelry boxes, some turn bowls, some do picture frames, some scroll
work, some toys, some cradles, some musical instruments, and on and on.
All these disciplines put different emphasizes on what the most important
tools in the shop are as well as your methods of work. IE, whether you ado a
lot of resawing.
If you feel you have to have a bandsaw right now and we don't know where
you will be three years from now there are two ways too look at it.
You can go for the Laguna or MM and be pretty well equipped to meet any
bandsaw needs and take the chance you will find yourself over equipped three
years from now.
You can buy the Delta or Jet, good machines both, and find yourself
adequately equipped for any bandsaw needs three years from now. If you do
find yourself, three years from now, frequently in positions where, though I
can't imagine what they would be, the Jet or Delta doesn't do the job, you
will have a saleable machine and can replace it with a top end one.
It's not like we are talking Harbor Freight mainland China import vs. the
finest in European over engineering and building here.
Note to those who are wetting their pants about now. Yes, I know that both
the Delta and Jet are probably, to some extent, made in Asia but there is a
world of difference in quality control between Jet and Delta and Harbor
Freight. I'm also almost willing to give good odds that Laguna and MM have,
at the least, some outsourced parts on them.
Unfortunately we don't know where, in respect to woodworking, you will be
three years from now so, even thought it isn't my money, I would really hate
to give an definitive answer. Only time and experience will give the
ultimate answer to the question.
The long and the short of it is that for multi thousands of woodworkers,
both hobbyist and commercial, the Jet and Delta do the job one hundred
percent of the time. For a small fraction of those thousands, almost surely
mostly commercial users, Jet and Delta doesn't some percentage of the time
and the Laguna and MM is necessary.
As they say, "you pays your money and take your chances".
Which ever way you go, good luck
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