Complete Review of the Laguna Tools Company
Laguna Tools commercial and industrial level woodworking and metalworking equipment, service and warranties reviewed.
Laguna Tools is one of the top names if not THE top name in commercial and professional level saws, mills, lathes and routers for high end wood and metalworkers.
You may not be familiar with the Laguna Tools family of products just by observing a local contractor. This is primarily because Laguna focuses on the professional caliber worker and their tools start over $1K.
Laguna's Band Saw Lineup and Reviews
Laguna bandsaws are some of the most popular band saws on the market. Like many of their other tool lineups, they do not offer a contractor option or a benchtop option as Rikon does. Instead, they start at $1K and are geared toward professionals.
The Laguna bandsaws are renowned for their stability, high level of horsepower and large throat which makes resawing even large stock a breeze.
Laguna's Dust Collector Lineup and Reviews
Laguna dust collector line is one of the most complete if not the most complete collection in the industry. the JPW brands offer high priced and high powered options. However, they don’t seem to offer the versatility, compact size and functionality that the Laguna dust collector line offers.
Laguna's Table Saw Lineup and Reviews
Laguna Table Saws offer a full range of power, portability and functionality at a very competitive price.
The F1, F2 and F3 saws offer a high level of horsepower, accuracy, built in dust collection and adjustability in a surprisingly affordable package. The Laguna table saw lineup is more popular and reliable than just about any other line of woodworking equipment with the exception of SawStop for their remarkable safety features.
Laguna's Wood Lathe Lineup and Reviews
Laguna wood lathe’s have built a reputation as being remarkably sturdy and powerful.
While accuracy is more important to many wood turners than power, the Laguna line offers both in spades. This is one of Laguna’s few lines that offers a benchtop model. While I am suspect of small lathes having the necessary stability, I was impressed by this little unit.
Laguna Tools Pros
Laguna offers a broad range of professional caliber woodworking products and has strong reviews on just about all of them. There are some woodworkers who are brand loyalists and won’t buy anything but Laguna tools.
Laguna also offers tools ranging from hobbyist to commercial and industrial as opposed to just focusing on one portion of the market.
Laguna’s products are remarkably affordable in comparison to comparable equipment and could likely increase their prices by 15-20% and still be priced fairly.
Laguna Tools Cons
While there are almost no complaints on Laguna products, one that has come up several times is the dust collection on their Fusion table saw line. However, we still see these saws as strong products.
The lack of a product warranty is unfortunate. Laguna makes great equipment, so it is a shame that they do not warranty their products.
Laguna Tools Verdict
Every Laguna product I have tried performed very well. They are US based and have a great support team. Their products are also very affordable for the quality that you’re getting.
The lack of a warranty is the only real complaint keeping Laguna from being a 5/5 star manufacturer.
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.”