Laguna Band Saws Reviewed - Complete Lineup
Laguna makes some of the most popular tools in woodworking. Amateurs and professionals alike favor Laguna’s saws, lathes and routers. Even more popular than their F1, F2 and F3 table saws are their bandsaws. I’m going to speculate that Laguna sells close to half of the bandsaws on the market today.
Everything you could want in a bandsaw can be found in Laguna’s line. Plenty of horsepower, built very sturdy, great throat capacity to resaw large stock and a 2 year warranty from a US based manufacturer that stands behind their product.
Laguna’s bandsaw line starts with a full sized 14|12. Typically around $1200
The 14 BX comes in between $1400 – $1600 after shipping and 1.75 – 2.5 HP
The 3 HP 18 BX dubbed the “resaw king” runs $1850 – $2K after shipping
Laguna - 14|12 Bandsaw Review(1.75 HP)
I would call this Laguna’s entry level saw. However, it is anything but. This is still a professional level saw albeit Laguna’s smallest model.
I’ve found all of Laguna’s saws to be both lightweight and sturdy. In my mind, this can only mean one thing: well engineered.
Available in both 110 & 220 Volt.
- Motor: 1-3/4 HP
- Resaw Capacity: 12″
- Blade Length: 115″
- Min. Blade Width: 1/8″
- Max. Blade Width: 3/4″
- Table Size: 21-1/2″ x 16″
- Table Height: 38″
- Table Tilt: 45° right; 7° left
- Weight: 312 lbs.
The 14|12 is a step above the benchtop bandsaws. While it is a fullsized option and treats most woodworkers well. If you are getting a standing band saw to do resawing, you mind as well upgrade to the 18BX. The extra power will be needed and you’ll save the money on blades by having a better motor.
Laguna - 14 BX Bandsaw Review (1.75 OR 2.5 HP)
The primary benefit of the 14 bx when compared to the 14|12 is that it includes Laguna’s patented disc brake that shuts the saw off automatically.
In addition to the braking system, the bx claims a more accurate, wobble free cut. Based on what the engineers have accomplished with their other saws, I don’t doubt it.
Available at 1.75 OR 2.5 Horsepower
- Power: 1.75 HP
- Resaw Capacity: 12”
- Throat: 13-5/8”
- Table Size: 21-1/2” x 16”
- Table Height: 38”
- Table Tilt: 7 degree left; 45 degree right
- 2 – 4” dust ports
- Blade length: 115”
- Minimum blade width: 1/8”
- Maximum blade width: 3/4″
- Footprint: 17-1/2” x 22-1/2”
- Height: 70-1/4”
- Weight (Net/Ship): 260 / 320 lbs
The 18BX Verdict
The 14 BX is the most common Laguna Bandsaw sold. My question is “Why” this is not much less expensive than the 18BX. Just go with the 18BX and you’ll be happy, it isn’t too expensive of an upgrade.
Laguna - 18 BX Bandsaw Review (3 HP)
Just as you may have assumed, the 18 bx is the larger cousin of the 14 bx and offers a full 3 HP and 18″ capacity to resaw large stock.
the 18 bx includes Laguna’s patented disc brake that shuts the saw off automatically.
- Motor: 3HP
- Recommended breaker: 20 Amp
- Magnetic Starter
- Min-Max Blade Width: 1/8” – 1-1/4”
- Resaw capacity: 16”
- Throat: 18”
- Blade length: 145″
- Disc-brake with micro switch
- Cast Table: 20” x 26”
- Table tilt: -6 degree, 45 degree positive
- Hi/Low anodized aluminum fence: 22-1/2” x 5-3/4” x ½”
- Table height: 77-3/4”
- Dust port: 2” x 4”
- Overall height: 77-3/4”
- Base dimensions: 27” x 20”
- Overall dimensions: 36” x 30”
- Weight: 410; ship weight: 460
The 18BX Verdict
The 18 BX and comparable 18CX are great tools. These saws are some of the top sellers in the category. The only comparable saws are the Jet’s and Lagunas that sell for 25 – 40% more.
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Laguna LT 24x24
Laguna is a long established brand and their tools have become some of the most sought after pieces of equipment for amateur and expert woodcrafters alike.
If you have interest in learning more about Laguna’s lineup of professional quality, US built tools and how they can help you produce better woodwork and keep a cleaner shop, have a look at our Laguna dust collector lineup article.
Laguna Tools Customer Service
I’ve read mixed reviews of Laguna’s support on various woodworking forums. It seems as though the narrative is largely positive. The little experience I have had with their customer support team was very positive.
I had a bent component (likely happened during shipping) and contacted them about it. They didn’t ask for pictures or demand I show proof of purchase within the past 30 days like I had assumed they would. The support rep simply asked me to describe the component and asked where they could send me a replacement item to.
If you are currently looking to contact Laguna’s customer support team, check them out here. If you are in the market for a new Laguna machine, have a look at their complete lineup at the minimum price that they allow and with free shipping here.
Laguna Tools Warranty
I have never heard from a craftsman that has had a problem getting Laguna to stand behind their product. Much like Jet and Powermatic, if the product is defective in any way upon receiving it, they will issue a full refund and take the product back.
It is however, important to note that you must register your product with Laguna within 30 days of purchase for your warranty to be active. To my knowledge, this is not something that other companies ask the consumer to do.
From their website:
“New woodworking machines sold by Laguna Tools carry a two-year warranty effective from the date of dealer invoice to customer/end-user. Machines sold through dealers must be registered with Laguna Tools within 30 days of purchase to be covered by this warranty. Laguna Tools guarantees all new machine sold to be free of manufacturers’ defective workmanship, parts and materials.”