Laguna Tools has long been known as a source of high quality band saws. Their line focused, in the main, on high end machines: relatively pricey offerings that delivered unquestionable quality. Enter the Laguna LT14 Band Saw. While I have not had the opportunity to test this saw, my instincts tell me that this unit is going to be a hot item. Introduced at the Anaheim International Woodworking Show a few weeks ago, it combines many features of Laguna’s larger and more expensive models at what I would describe as a reasonable price of around $900.00.
The numbers on this saw are as follows. It can re-saw to up to 8-5/8″wide stock. This should be no problem for the 1.7 HP motor that comes standard with the saw. The table dimensions are 15″ x 15″, and it is mounted on a cast iron double trunion system that tilts easily. One feature that really impressed me was the cast iron flywheel. The flywheel, coupled with the heavy-duty blade tensioning system, is a significant upgrade when compared with other 14″ band saws on the market.
Another substantial item featured with the saw is a unique guide block for the saw blade. It has ceramic guide inserts that company founder Torben Helshoj claims will keep the blade in line and produce a minimum of heat buildup. As I said, I have not cut a single piece of wood on one of these saws–but I am looking forward to doing so. A feature-rich European band saw, at an affordable price is a very interesting offering indeed.