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14/Twelve Bandsaw

Laguna - 14/Twelve Bandsaw

Compact, stable, and comes with easy-to-set ceramic guides

$1097 (As of 10/22/2014)

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Editor Choice-Best Overall Editor Choice-Best Value

Editor's Review: Tool Test: 14-in. Bandsaws

by Roland Johnson

review date: December 5, 2013

From FWW #244 (Tools & Shops 2015):
Street price: $1,097
Motor (HP): 1-3/4
Resaw capacity: 12 in.
Ease of blade changes: Very good
Ease of guide adjustments: Very good
Guide-post alignment: Excellent
Guide-post rigidity: Good
Dust collection: Very good
Fence: Very good
Resaw cuts: Good
Curve cuts: Very good

The Laguna is full of smart features. No tools are needed to install a blade and adjust the guides. It has the largest throat of the saws tested, making blade changes much easier, and the aluminum throat plate has leveling screws. The guides are ceramic, a welcome feature on a saw in this price range. The motor is wired for 110 volts, a plus for those without access to a 220-volt circuit.

Excellent two-position fence, big table, and plenty of power. 

From FWW #238 (January/February 2014):

Last winter, while touring with The Woodworking Shows, I saw a prototype of the Laguna 14/Twelve bandsaw and was impressed. Now, after using a production model of the saw for a few weeks in my own shop, I highly recommend it.

First off, I like the scale of this machine. It’s compact, yet you get a 14-in. throat and generous 12-in. resaw capacity. The 16-in. by 21-1⁄2-in. table rivals that of many larger bandsaws, and the massive trunnions keep the table stable, even when tilted.

The 1-3⁄4-hp motor has plenty of power, and it works on 120-volt circuits (can be rewired for 240 volts). Stout cast-iron wheels, with polyurethane tires, provide vibration-free inertia and smooth operation.

What I really like about the saw is that it comes with easy-to-set ceramic guides. These high-end guides are not typically found on bandsaws in this price range, a nod to the value inherent in this machine. The super-stout upper guide post works smoothly and moves accurately throughout its travel, a boon for resawing. The saw’s 5-1⁄2-in.-tall fence is perfect for resawing, but it’s easily flipped down for ripping too. I found the table-mounted scale to be very accurate when referencing the fence. Dust collection is great, thanks to a 4-in. port just below and behind the lower guides.

Other small details that add big benefits include a window in the upper frame that makes it easy to track the blade. Laguna also placed a convenient electrical outlet on the back of the saw for a worklight. Finally, the oversize throat plate features leveling screws so there are no hang-ups while you saw.

All in all, this is a well-engineered bandsaw with big-time features at an affordable price. The mobility kit ($150) and work light ($100) are options worth considering.

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating N/A
Table Flatness N/A
Blade to Miter Slot Parallel N/A
Arbor Runout N/A
Noise Rating N/A
Portability N/A
Adjustments N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Laguna
Manufacturer's Web Site www.lagunatools.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 949-474-1200
Weight 258 lbs.
Dimensions 70-1/4 in.
Rip Fence Included yes
Riser Block Option N/A
Rip Capacity N/A
Guide Type ceramic
Table Tilt N/A
Table Size 16-in. x 21-1/2-in.
Horsepower 1-3/4
Amps N/A
Volts 115/230
Speed N/A
Resaw Capacity 12 in.

I looked at several 14" bandsaws in this price range - Jet, General, Powermatic (okay, Powermatic doesn't actually have anything in this price range). I picked this one because it seemed the best geared for a home shop. Switching out and tensioning the blade was super easy even for a novice like me. Instructions were clear, ceramic guides easy to position, the tensioning knobs easy to use, and I like the little window to watch the tracking. As someone else mentioned, the whole thing is super sturdy. Lots of cast iron. The table is flat. The fence is nice too, has two positions for resawing and shaping. My only gripes are that the accessories are kind of expensive. I bought an after-market rolling base for much less than the laguna one. Oh, and as someone mentioned, my dealer cautioned me that the rubber on the tires is not great. They replaced them with after-market tires. Minimal cost. Bandsaw works great now. I understand the gripe from another commenter about the cost of this bandsaw. It's not cheap. But keep in mind that unlike a computer, you don't replace your power tools every three years. I do think it's uncool to rate a product you haven't used, regardless of how you feel about the price.

Good saw with some QA/QC issues.I did a video review at this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKAfLEHqQK4 I would have given it 5 stars except for the QA issues. Running great now after a bit of tweaking. I replaced the tires with Carter blue tires and they run smoother.

I just picked up my new 14/12 a few hours ago and have spent a couple of hours on it and my first impression is pure satisfaction. I have used quite a few bandsaws including several cast iron delta types of varying quality as well as a 19" Grizzly (G0514) and a Laguna 16. While the Grizzly is just adequate the Laguna 16 is an absolutely fantastic saw that gives you a warm fuzzy sensation of quality similar to the feeling of using a Lie-Nielsen plane or driving a Ferrari (can't vouch for the latter from experience but imagine it would be mind blowing). I really didn't expect the same level of quality from the 14/12 due to the fairly sizeable price difference but am happy to report that it does indeed have that Laguna feeling. This is a true premium quality saw with a 13" (not 12") resaw capacity. It is incredibly smooth and has plenty of power. I've already resawed 12" and it performed wonderfully. I had originally planned to outfit my shop with 2 bandsaws -- a 14" for curves and a bigger one for resawing but the Laguna seems like it will do everything I need.

I have been a woodworker for 40 years. I have worked in some large cabinet shops and have used and owned several bandsaws including Delta, Jet, and Rikon. My last bandsaw was a Rikon 14", which was barely adequate to perform the tasks needed. After owning the Rikon for several months I realized what a mistake it was to purchase a tool to "save" money. After being a woodworker for so many years I should have known better. So I sold the Rikon and started to look around at the alternatives. I researched the options on the web and in the stores and finally settled on the Laguna. The 14/12 was new and Laguna had just begun production so I had to order it through the local woodworking store. It took two and a half months to get the saw but am I glad that I waited. This saw did cost a few hundred dollars more but it performs flawlessly. The saw was well packaged and arrived without a scratch. The assembly instuctions were well written and easy to follow. The fit and finish of the saw are excellent with accurate machining and a beautiful paint finish. I assembled the saw with no difficulty. The trunions are massive and the cast iron table is large. The guide post is heavy and glides effortlessly for adjustment. The ceramic guides are the best guides I have used and are very easy to adjust. The cast iron wheels are heavy and well balanced with accurate tracking and easy adjustment. The 1 3/4 hp motor is smooth and has plenty of power and the dust collection is good. I have a 1/4" blade on the saw for detailed work and was able to accurately resaw 7" and 8" boards with no problem. I have a 3/4" resaw blade that I have not tried yet but I am sure it will do a great job. I would recommend buying the mobile base with the saw, it is defintitely worth it. Buying cheap tools is a mistake, so don't make that error. This is a fantastic saw and worth every penny I spent on it.

I have been a professional guitarmaker for 41 years. If there is one thing I have learned is to always push yourself as much past your comfort zone as possible when buying tools. I started with a normal 14" Delta bandsaw and then several years ago moved up to the 18" Rikon after a good FW woodworking review. I struggled for years to get the Rikon to resaw properly and invested hundreds of dollars in new fences and blades....all to no avail. A few months ago I spent 2K on a 16" Laguna and was absolutely amazed. Then, when I saw the 14/12, I purchased that to replace another smaller band saw I had. The new laguna 14/12 is just an amazing VALUE....yes, I said VALUE!!!! With the options I ordered, it ended up running about $1400 delivered. An absolutely amazing saw! I am not the kind of person to buy expensive cars, wines, watches or any of that stuff. I love cameras, but I know that a more expensive camera will NOT make me a better photographer. But I will always push myself to my financial limits to buy the best tools I can....they have always exceeded my expectations, especially when upgrading from something I previously bought at a price range that was "comfortable" for me.

I'm sorry but I have to comment on the first comment because the sense of consumer entitlement when it comes to the home tool market is getting absurd. The idea that the cheap tools are a better value because they're cheap is so wrong on so many levels I don't know where to start. Complaining about a brand new band saw that costs around $1000 as unreasonable for the average person is more telling about our unrealistic expectations as consumers than it does anything to do with greedy profit making. If someone is making $15/hr maybe they are not ENTITLED to a brand new band saw! Im sorry if that sounds cruel for your ego but maybe instead of jonsing for a brand new band saw your priorities for spending and saving your money should lie elsewhere. I bought a perfectly good second hand band saw for $250 which does about 90% of the work I need it to including cutting aluminum. Sure I would love a new band saw but I wouldn't whine about spending $1000 on one. Good tools are expensive, and there's a reason for that. Buying crap tools makes your work more difficult, dangerous, slow and ultimately shoddy. Let's not push manufacturers to bring their prices down to the point that they are producing crap tools. That's a waste of everyone's time and money and also a huge strain on the environment. We're getting dangerously close to that point already.

It is over a thousand dollars! This will "Break the Budget." What income level are you comparing the cost to? I think it is presumptuous to assume that every woodworker has that kind money. Your wide range of readers would be better served by reviewing and compare tools at several preset price levels that the average hourly working person ($15.00/hr) can afford plus one high end tool.

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