|Item Weight||340 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||36 x 30 x 76 inches|
|Item model number||MBAND144200|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
|Number of Handles||3|
Laguna Tools MBAND144200 14 SUV Bandsaw
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- Motor: 3HP Leeson | Volt: 220 1 phase | 30 Amp
- Blade Length: 125"
- Resaw Capacity: 14" | Throat: 13 1/4"
- Foot-brake w/ Micro Switch | Rack & Pinion Upper Guide
- Rack & Pinion Table Tilt | Quick Release Tension | Laguna Guides
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The LT14SUV 2012 is here! The award winning 14SUV is not resting on its laurels. To stay ahead of the pack we implemented a host of upgrades: 3D decal has been redesigned Table lock is made stronger Foot Brake Re-designed Rack & Pinion Rubber-sealed doors Windows are Custom-Moulded New & improved leveling feet Updated Fence Mount Enhanced Handles & Wheels The LT14SUV is widely recognized as the best 14″ bandsaw ever designed. From its industrial frame & Heavy duty castings, to the precision tension mechanism & famous ceramic laguna guides the saw permeates ruggedness. 14″ of resaw requires more power & blade width so Laguna equipped the LT14 SUV with a 3 HP Leeson motor & gave it 1″ blade capacity this coupled with the Laguna ResawKing makes cutting wafer thin veneers a breeze. If you look behind the business parts you will be surprised how much went into the oversiced trunion or the solid steel rack & pinion, details like this makes the LT14SUV in a class of its own. In 2011 the LT14 took 2 major awards: the Wood Magazine #1 overall & Fine Woodworking's Readers' Choice. With the recent upgrades, Laguna is cementing its position as the absolute leader in bandsaws for the woodworking industry worldwide.
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It's expensive -- at the top of the range for home shops, more than 14" models from Rikon and 14" and 17" models from Grizzly. The saw has a 220 volt single phase 3 HP motor, so you need 220/240 power in your shop. I chose it after looking at both the Laguna and the Rikon 14-325, and comparing specs for the Grizzly G0457, G0513 and GO514 models. The 14" Grizzly G0457 lacks some features and the 17" Grizzlies are bigger than I need and heavier than I could handle. I liked the 35-1/2" table height of the Laguna vs. 40 - 42" most others. The Rikon and Laguna each have advantages, but the Rikon's blade guides are harder to access and adjust than the Laguna's. There's a new 14" Rikon coming later in 2011 but the same type of blade guides seem likely to be carried over.
Why fuss about blade guides? The easier it is to get at the guides, the easier it is to change blades and the more likely it is that the guides will be adjusted correctly, which improves the quality of the cut. You can see and adjust the Laguna's lower guides from above the table by removing the large throat plate. Even though you have to use two sizes of Allen wrenches (supplied) to do it, it's far better than crouching down and peer into the cramped space under the table to get at the bottom guides. The top guides are right in front of you once you remove the upper blade guard, which comes off by loosening a socket screw. I changed that to a metric thumb screw to make it easier; Laguna should do that.)
The guides are ceramic faces mounted on U-shaped supports that support the blade just behind the teeth, and further back as well, so they control wide blades particularly well. The disadvantage is that the narrowest blade you can use is ¼". For narrower blades you have to buy phenolic blocks from Laguna, and they are expensive.
There's a long tension release lever on the back of the saw cabinet that applies full tension when it's down, releases it when it's horizontal and fully releases the blade for easy changing when the lever is up. The lever is long enough to make it easy to release and reapply tension even for a 1" wide blade, which is the maximum the saw will accept. Tension is applied by turning a wheel at the top of the saw that has a handle sticking out of it, like a one-armed drill press. It's easy to reach and turn. When you release tension and then reapply it, your original setting is retained. There's an indicator that shows relative tension, probavly based on where the top of the tension spring is, so it's not a true strain gauge. Different blades - even different blades of the same width - require different amounts of tension. But once you the tension for a blade, just mark where the gauge's indicator points, and then return to that same position next time you use the blade. Laguna specifies 125" blades, but that's a custom size. There's enough travel in the tension mechanism to allow the use of a standard 124" Timber Wolf blade.
There's a tracking window in the upper wheel cabinet and an adjustment knob to fine tune tracking once you've set tension. Tracking changes substantially as you apply tension, so you need to check it after you've fully tensioned the blade. It's easy to adjust tracking quite precisely.
Nothing is perfect. The manual gets a B and the fence gets a C+, considering the price of the saw. The manual has good instructions for assembling and setting up the saw and good info on blade selection, but the parts diagram is hard to read and there's no numbered parts list. My saw came with the indicator on the tension gauge disconnected. It wasn't hard to figure out how to fix it, but a clearer parts diagram would have helped. However, there are excellent videos on the Laguna web site showing how to assemble, set up and use the saw. Scroll down the list on the left of the LagunaTools.com home page, click on Product Videos, and select the ones for the 3000 series.
The fence is sturdy, but it's a C+ compared to Grizzly's fences on comparable saws, or to the lighter weight but well-designed Kreg aftermarket fence. It's a pain to set the drift adjustment because you have to either get at two set screws underneath it or flip it up 180 degrees toward you on the cylindrical rail, which lets you get at the screws from above. The fence has a triangular cross section, and you can rotate it so that its long face can be used resawing or its low face can be used for thin material. But... when you change from high to low, you lose the drift setting and have to reset it. When it's set to use the tall face of the triangle, if it's slightly off 90 degrees it's tough to shim, and when you switch to the low side you lose the shimming for the tall side. Grade C- for the fence.
There is a footbrake tied to a micro switch that shuts off the motor. Press harder and it applies friction to stop the lower wheel. The micro switch/brake is a great feature because you can shut off the motor with both hands on the material you're cutting - no need to reach over to the switch. There are two ports for connecting a 4" dust collection hose. The port on the bottom, next to the motor works well by itself, even with the upper port blocked off.
The saw is heavy, very well made and well finished. The frame is a rigid steel I-beam. When you spin the cast iron upper wheel without a blade installed, it keeps going around for a long time - 2-1/2 minutes - an indication of good bearing and a balanced wheel. There's no vibration when the saw runs.
The saw came well packed and strapped to a pallet. I bought a demo unit from Laguna's showroom that should have come fully adjusted, but the 90 degree stop for the table was loose, and as noted the tension indicator was disconnected. The trunion was very slightly out of level, but could easily be shimmed. Lesson: Even with a well-made, heavy duty and expensive saw you still have to check the factory settings. If you use a 1" blade, be careful to set the upper blade guide out just a bit so it doesn't contact the saw teeth.
Like many other 220 volt woodworking machines, the power cord comes without a plug because there are varying 220 volt standards across the country. The cord is only 6' long. It's easy to rewire the switch with a longer cord, but the factory should supply at least a 10' cord.
The Laguna replaced a ¾ HP Ridgid bandsaw in my workshop. After I set blade tension, tracking, guides and the fence, equipped with a 1" blade, the saw cut straight and cleanly through ¾" pine, ¾" plywood and 4" thick maple and cherry, both ripping/resawing and crosscuts. With a 1/4" x 6 TPI Timber Wolf blade, it cut curves easily and cleanly. In fact it does straight cuts nicely with the ¼" blade. Changing blades and setting u the new blade is easy because of the excellent guides. All in all, it does just what that big machine shop bandsaw did back in 1974 - straight, smooth, accurate cuts in hard wood and soft, with the power from a 3 HP motor and more ripping/resawing capacity than a cast iron frame 14" band saw.
The saw arrived well packed and well coated in cosmoline. Unpacking and setup took me about one an hour by myself (this beast is heavy, a friend would have made setup time faster). I had watched the online setup videos online and familiarized myself with setup. I found this to be much more helpful than the included manuals. The fit and finish of the machine were what I would expect from the pricepoint and reputation of the manufacturer. As with most stationary machines like this, make sure you have your appropriate electrical plug ready to wire since it's not included with the machine (also, this baby needs 220v at 20A, even though manual states 30A).
When I bought it, the driftmaster fence came with it as a promotion. While nice, I'm not sure I'd have ponied up the cash. The stock fence is nice and easily adjustable for drift (though not as precisely as the driftmaster). The driftmaster is a bit of a hassle to install on this saw... one of my only complaint. The mobility kit works well though the axel is a bit oversized for this saw (clearly fits a 16 or 18" model better... I'll probably cut it down to size at some point). Blade installation was quick and tracking is reliable and smooth.
The saw purred upon first startup (and ever since) and cuts through hard maple, oak, walnut, etc like butter... even with a non-carbide blade. The saw has little to no vibration. The thick, rigid gauge steel body (with plenty of cross bracing inside) and cast iron table no doubt helps with this. Fence adjustment to compensate for drift is easy using both the stock and driftmaster fence. The saw also has plenty of horses to deal with resawing of tall stock though I've not resawn anything over 10" yet (should handle the advertised 14" easily... especially with a good resaw blade). The ceramic blade guides are by far the best blade guides I've used.
So, as with any tool, there are some negatives, but nothing too annoying:
- Driftmaster fence install is a bit of hassle. Had to install the mounting brackets at odd angles to avoid drilling/tapping into my new cast iron table
- Mobility kit axel oversized for this saw
- Power cord shorter than I would have liked. I'll be installing a longer one at some point I'm sure.
For the few times I called into customer support with general questions, I was pleased to receive friendly, courteous service along with helpful answers. Also, when I had initially decided to purchase this saw, Laguna had decided to stop selling through Amazon at the time. After a few calls, the Laguna sales rep bent over backwards to make the sale through Amazon (I'd save up a ton of gift cards). Huge props for that sales effort and willingness to make a customer happy!
In all, I feel the saw is of great quality and good value. Yes the inital price can be seen as high, but I learned a long time ago you get what you pay for. This saw has been a joy to work with since my first cut. I see this being a reliable part of my shop for many years to come.
All of the adjustments are supposed to be made with a bag full of poor quality hex wrenches instead of most band saws that have knobs to adjust the blade guides. It is a very cumbersome process. The table does not lock securely and the table plate for the blade to go through the table is very difficult to get in and out. The parts bag had the wrong size bolts for the base and when I called to get the correct size, the contact person appeared to have little knowledge of machinery repeated misinterpreting what I was calling bolts as "Bowls".
I no longer expect the quality of our tools of the past, but this is ridiculous. I would recommend further investigation by anyone that wants this type product.
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