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Thread: *Gloat* New to me Laguna LT18

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    *Gloat* New to me Laguna LT18

    I found this Italian made Laguna LT18 bandsaw on Craigslist. Seller was asking $800. I got to the man and chatted with him for a little while. Found out it's just been sitting in an barn for the last 10 years. Offered him $650 and I was on my way home with it. I checked everything out and everything just seems to be surface rust. A little elbow grease and some tlc and I'm hoping to have this thing up and purring.

    This is my first bandsaw but not my first major tool refurbish. It's pretty much how I have managed to build my entire shop out with major tools. Not one of the major big tools was purchased new. However any extra tips and tricks for refurbing it would be appreciated.

    A little big of a patience goes a long way when trying to buy used I will say that.

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    Wow, you got a great deal!

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    Michael,excellent deal .We share the same story about building our shops with used machines. There is no better feeling in the world than when you finally obtain that machine you have been waiting for.

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    I couldnít agree more. Iíve been on the hunt for a used bandsaw for well over a year. Our market here in Louisiana is flooded with 14Ē saws and people asking almost retail for them. It feels good to get a good deal and refurbing it isnít so bad. I end up learning way more about my saw that way.

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    You did well.
    "Remember back in the day, when things were made by hand, and people took pride in their work?"
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    I have had that same saw since 2001and it has been trouble free since. You got a great deal on a beast of a machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Wilkins View Post
    I have had that same saw since 2001and it has been trouble free since. You got a great deal on a beast of a machine.
    I will probably be picking your brain about yours later on. Once I finish cleaning it then itís time to tuning. It came with the upgraded cool block system so Iím hoping itís not to difficult.

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    Since I have the machine broken down Iím going to go ahead and replace the almost 20year old belt. Does anyone know if a v-link belt can be used on the LT18 or should I stick with the standard v-belt style that came with it?

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    That is probably a metric size belt. I would stick with a quality v-belt made for electric motors.

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    I'm bumping this thread up instead of starting a new one. I'm 95% done with the bandsaw cleanup. All that is remaining is the fence to be cleaned up and put back on. This saw will be setup for pretty much a dedicated resaw and rip cuts. I have a 1" Resaw King on it and I have a question regarding blade position on the tires. I've watched the Alex Snodgrass video's and while he is spot on, I believe it applies to 1/2", maybe even 3/4" blades and smaller. Back to my question though. I've been looking and some people say run the carbide tips just barely hanging off the tire to avoid the tire getting damaged and some say just center the blade on the tire. I would like to poll the audience here as you guys have way more experience than me with a bandaw. I'd love some advice from the creekers. Specifically paging Van Huskey, the Bandsaw Guru.

    And here is the final product. Not a pristine cleanup but it will work for the rest of my lifetime.

    https://imgur.com/l5TtUz5

    https://imgur.com/kneL4xM

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    Wow. Great price on your saw. I recently picked up a sister saw. Its was in pretty good condition (albeit with a loose ground wire which was an easy fix.). Unfortunately, I did not get the killer price that you did. None the less, I am happy with the saw.

    On your blade tracking question: From the Laguna manual:

    Tracking position of the blade on the wheels Tracking large blades. There has been a lot of discussion on the position that the blade should be on the wheels. One group of people recommends that with large blades you should track the blade so that the teeth hang just over the front edge of the rubber. The second group recommends that all blades regardless of their size should run in the center of the wheel. The advantage of running the large blades with the teeth not contacting the rubber of the wheel is that they cannot damage the tire. The disadvantage is that the wheel is crowned and the blade is not tensioned in the center of the band, which gives the blade a tendency to wobble or flutter. The advantage of running large blades on the center of the wheels is that they are tensioned in the center of the band and have fewer tendencies to wobble and flutter. The disadvantage is that blades with a large set on the teeth have a tendency to damage the rubber of the tire. This does not have a great effect on the performance of the bandsaw as all blades are running on the center section of the tire which is not affected. We recommend that you balance all blades on the center of the wheels for optimum performance and a smoother cut." Source: http://go.rockler.com/tech/Laguna-To...saw-Manual.pdf page 30.





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    The Italian made LT 18 has crowned wheels ? Are you sure. My bet would be it would have flat wheels,which you would run the teeth off the front edge of the ties. If they are indeed crowned,center the blade.

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    I thought the same thing. Googled it and the manual says they're crowned. I'd still double check it. That's a big bandsaw to have crowned tires.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Kees View Post
    The Italian made LT 18 has crowned wheels ? Are you sure. My bet would be it would have flat wheels,which you would run the teeth off the front edge of the ties. If they are indeed crowned,center the blade.
    Semi-retired, Instructor at SFCC College of Fine Woodworking, Santa Fe, NM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick Simon View Post
    I thought the same thing. Googled it and the manual says they're crowned. I'd still double check it. That's a big bandsaw to have crowned tires.
    Thanks for the double check. I will check mine tomorrow. Certainly, it will not be the first time a manual was wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Charles View Post
    Thanks for the double check. I will check mine tomorrow. Certainly, it will not be the first time a manual was wrong.
    Mine are crowned as a matter of fact. Just checked them.

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