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  • John Bartley
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    Originally posted by al.m.. View Post
    I have a large amount of dead ash trees in my yard ,and must deal with the branches.i found a bandsaw very useful for this,but the Laguna was too nice to be dragging out into the yard to do this,and do not want to bring the branches into my shop.i could keep a cheap saw in my shed,add a couple lawn mower sized wheels and use it in the yard.Then I would have the bandsaw for the odd job that pops up that I could use it for,but just didn't warrent the expense or shop space the Laguna took
    Al, here is what you need. You could even rig it for an electric chainsaw.:

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  • nnieman
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    I have used an older 14” beaver 3300 for years.
    Works great, I can resaw up to 7 1/2” (enough for a book matched guitar top).

    I think I paid $150 for mine.

    Dad has a busy bee delta clone, it also works just fine.

    I don’t think you can go wrong (I know you are knowledgeable enough to check for play, cracks, bearings etc ).

    Nathan

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  • al.m..
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    Originally posted by Don Burch View Post

    The fellow who sold me my 36” told me the last thing he cut on it was 4 frozen turkeys for his neighbour.

    Question for you Al, if the Laguna had no place in your world, why would another bandsaw be any more useful to you? Of course winter is coming
    Don
    I have a large amount of dead ash trees in my yard ,and must deal with the branches.i found a bandsaw very useful for this,but the Laguna was too nice to be dragging out into the yard to do this,and do not want to bring the branches into my shop.i could keep a cheap saw in my shed,add a couple lawn mower sized wheels and use it in the yard.Then I would have the bandsaw for the odd job that pops up that I could use it for,but just didn't warrent the expense or shop space the Laguna took

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  • Don Burch
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    Originally posted by al.m.. View Post
    Thank you gentlemen
    i think I will let price dictate purchase. It may seem sacrilege ,but most of what I did with my Laguna was produce kindling for my wood stove,
    im sure any 14" that works as it should will meet my needs
    The fellow who sold me my 36” told me the last thing he cut on it was 4 frozen turkeys for his neighbour.

    Question for you Al, if the Laguna had no place in your world, why would another bandsaw be any more useful to you? Of course winter is coming
    Don

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  • ytsawman
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    i would go with a old delta or rockwell 14 inch have had one for 35 years made in canada model 28-200 only issue
    replaced tires a few years back became loose

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  • al.m..
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    Thank you gentlemen
    i think I will let price dictate purchase. It may seem sacrilege ,but most of what I did with my Laguna was produce kindling for my wood stove,
    im sure any 14" that works as it should will meet my needs

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  • beakie
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    a few years ago I found a used 14" Ridgid on kijiji, my FIL wanted to buy a bandsaw for my BIL, and this was a good deal.

    a few months ago I picked up an old original Delta/Rockwell 14" bandsaw from govdeals for very cheap.



    between the two I noticed these differences;

    1. the older Delta was heavier, whether thicker casting, thicker sheet steel covers, etc, or just my older age, it was more difficult to lug around.

    2. the trunions and associated pieces seemed stronger on the older Delta. I say "seemed" as the Ridgid had a piece break, and needed replacement (Kings 14" from homehardware is same so parts were sourced from there)

    3. fit & finish on the Delta was bit cleaner. the Ridgid was not the 14+yr version, it was maybe 5-8yrs (bright orange & black) but the table, upper bearing/gaurd moved smoother on the Delta. granted that may have been from 40yrs of use opposed to 8yrs.


    that said the Ridgid works flawlessly for my BIL who was happy to receive the gift. my FIL has a Taiwan made Busy Bee version of the Delta with a 6" riser on it that he has been happy with for a few decades too. the new owner of the Delta I had I have to assume will be content with his purchase.



    Considering how similar they all are, I can't imagine different they can perform. I think the guides/bearings and blade quality will determine how well it does what you would ask of it.

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  • John Bartley
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    I have a Ridgid 14" bandsaw. I have had it for about 13-14 years. I don't over work it, but it does everything I ask of it. I tried doing this resawing and log sawing stuff with it just for the heck of it ... it does it, not quickly, but it does it. How much can a person expect from a $400 saw ?

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  • al.m..
    started a topic Vintage delta 14" bandsaw vs clones

    Vintage delta 14" bandsaw vs clones

    so,I sold my Laguna bx14,good saw basically,and I believe I had the bugs out of it( finally) but Laguna left a bad taste in my mouth.
    in the time I had it,I never used the resaw capabilities. Now I would like to get a 14" in the $200-$300 range.How do the newer clones stack up against the old deltas? Between them,they seem to be the lions share of used saws on the market in my target price range
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