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    Laguna LT18 3000 Review

    I received my Laguna LT18 3000 Bandsaw last Friday and just thought I would share my thoughts:

    1) The saw arrived well packaged with no damage and bolted with four bolts to the pallet.

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    2) I wrestled it off the pallet myself after taking off the table, motor, box of blades, mobility kit, and other misc items. It was a bit of a bear but got it off without any problems. Put the mobility kit on the saw in about 10 minutes and had here stable and on wheels. I than proceeded to assemble the rest of the saw. I didn’t need to look at the instructions because I had watched a video online on assembling them and it is pretty idiot proof. All in all it took me about 1.5 hours to have the whole thing assembled an over into its designated spot in the shop. Another 1 hour reconfiguring my 6” PVC runs and 4” branches to hook it up.

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    3) Initial blade install and tuning the guides was about 10 minutes. I am a bandsaw novice so I had to do some learning here.
    4) About 5 minutes later I took a 2X12 piece of SYP and sliced a 1/8” piece with the basic 1/2” blade. Didn’t bother to put on the Resaw King.

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    A couple of key things:
    1) The saw table was perfectly flat. Not as much as a bit of light making through the straight edge.

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    2) Very little vibration at all when running and very quiet. Didn’t do a nickel test but it will pass with ease.
    3) The guides are straight forward to use. I really really like their guides versus bearings. I am sure it’s just a personal thing but there it is. Side to side adjustments are via hand screws. Thrust bearing is done by allan wrench. The lowers take two different allan wrenches but are easy to reach and adjust. The saw tensions the blade very well and there is zero movement when cutting.
    4) The cast iron wheels are very large and heavy. No they are not like the HD’s or MM16’s but I am sure they will provide the necessary umph I need.

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    5) Blade tracks very steady with not back and forth and no moving at all on the tires. Very easy to put the blade on and get it to track. I did not check the wheels for coplanar as I watched the “Carter Guides” guy give a very long video on setting up bandsaws and he was adamant that it doesn’t matter ( I cringe now waiting for the abuse from the crowd ).
    6) I would anticipated blade changes taking about 2 minutes once I get some practice. That is acceptable for a guy in his garage.
    7) The fence was dead square with the table and miter slots.

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    8) The table is 20” X 20” but on the left side it has 5.75” additional inches of steel. So you really have a 26 X 20table. Plenty big enough. Also has two miter slots one on each side of the blade.

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    9) The brake does and acceptable job and stops the blade in about 5-6 seconds with moderate pressure. ( Here comes the Grizzly motor brake comments now ).I guess my only Cons on the entire saw would be the blade guide and like I said in the grand scheme of things it is fine.I used the saw all day long as a dedicated rip saw while I had my crosscut sled on the table saw. I ripped about 30 pieces of wood on the saw and for a 1/2” blade and moving the stuff through quickly it left very little rough edges and I could clean them up with 1-2 passes of the sander. I also cut about 5 pieces of SYP from the 2X12 about 1/16 – 1/8 inch and the saw tracked right through. Didn’t bother with drift adjustments yet.

    As far as Laguna goes….. I spent a ton of time talking to their sales folks and they were nothing but responsive and followed through on all my requests. I initially ordered the LT14 SUV and than upgraded a couple days later on the same day it was shipping. They were very nice about the change and it all got taken care of promptly. Took a week to get it here in NC from CA and that includes New Years Day. I have talked with Laguna folks on many occasions and have never anything but the best service.

    Now go easy on me ladies/gents as I am relatively new at this woodworking thing.

    Thx

    Gary
    Last edited by Keith Outten; 10-31-2014 at 6:12 PM.
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    Congrats on the new iron. Glad to hear you had a great experience working with Laguna on your purchase. I have had a LT18 since 2001 and absolutely love it. Not a single problem since getting it set up by myself in August of that year in 95 degree heat by myself. I have purchased one of their sliding tablesaws since then with good results. You will get a lot of years of great service from that machine.

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    I am considering the Laguna 14suv once I sell my Jet 18. I have so many comments about Laguna cs. I have sent emails to them with no response. This is of concern. Any comments? Are you still happy with your machine? Are the tires one piece or strips? Do they need to be glued to the wheel. Thanks for your response.

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    Just call Laguna. A lot of companies aren't very responsive to email.

    If you're considering buying a new bandsaw I don't know why you would be concerned about replacing tires. You should be able to go years without any replacement.

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    Congrats! I always wanted one of those! I will recommend you call and talk to a rep out there and tell them you are a member here and they will give you a big (big) discount on the resawking blade. I used the timberwolf blades and they are excellent, however once you have used the resawking you will not mind paying for it. I've been using that on my grizz 17" hd for a long time and its fantastic for resawing.

    I hope to upgrade the fence to the driftmaster someday. Maybe Christmas!

    enjoy the saw!

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    Bill,
    Thanks for the reply. I am new to the site and may ask a silly question from time to time. My concern was weather the tires needed to be glued to the wheel. Laguna confirmed they do not need to glued. Here goes another silly question. Is it possible to find out members that live in the Louisiana area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Frois View Post
    Is it possible to find out members that live in the Louisiana area?
    Eddie, not directly. You could start a new thread in the Off Topic forum titled "Any members the Louisiana area?"
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