Laguna Tools Bandsaw Review
Editor Rating: 4.0/5
Laguna Tools Bandsaw Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: February 13, 2018
Most people that decide to buy a power tool nowadays think they know enough about these machines to make a worthy purchase. However, it’s not always the case, and as a matter of fact, it’s usually the other way around. The vast majority of buyers end up with a machine that simply doesn’t meet their expectations and requirements. Even though it doesn’t seem like a big deal due to one’s ability to return a product within a specified time frame, it still can be quite a nuisance, especially if you already have a project planned and are in a hurry.
In order to avoid such unpleasant occurrences, you should conduct research and find out more about the models that you think are interesting enough. Moreover, a better idea would be to focus on some of the top-rated ones on the market and thus decrease the risk of overpaying or buying something that you don’t need by a significant margin. This particular model might be a good deal for you as it offers quite a few features both for professionals and DIYers.
- Power – 1 3/4HP motor
- Blade length – 115 inches
- Blade width – Min. 1/8-inch, Max. 3/4-inch
- Power source – Corded 115V (can be rewired for 230V grids)
- Table dimensions – 21 1/2 x 16 inches
- Steel frame construction
- Anodized Aluminum Throat Plate
Laguna Tools MBAND1412-175 – The Basics
This particular vertical bandsaw offers great features for anyone who is looking to invest in a decent machine. Its 1 3/4HP motor performs well, even under stressful conditions. On top of that, the steel design and a sturdy cast iron table ensure durability, reliability, and stability.
When it comes to sheer precision, the 1412-175 model isn’t too much different from most of the other ones within the same price range. In other words, it will yield good results as long as you use it properly and set it up correctly. Some previous experience is required; bear that in mind if you’re an absolute novice.
As far as the design goes, its most notable feature is its sturdiness and stability. The steel frame is able to cope with different intensities and it significantly increases the overall stability of the unit. While it may not sound too impressive, some other models do struggle with wobbly legs and inconsistencies related to stability whereas this particular one doesn’t. This factor deserves to be mentioned, especially if you’re planning on doing some serious projects with this model.
The included wheels are surprisingly reliable and well-designed. It is a bit of a surprise because the general rule of thumb for most heavy-duty bandsaws is that one shouldn’t expect much from the included wheels. However, the portability of this unit is at a respectable level and the wheels seem to cope with the overall weight of the machine without any issues.
The table tilts 45 degrees to the right and 7 degrees to the left. There is also a positive stop at the 90-degree mark designed to ease the use and speed up the measuring process.
The unit is foreseen for wood cutting, but it can be used for cutting metal with a proper blade. However, the motor is one-speed meaning it isn’t recommended to deviate too much from the manufacturer’s advice. However, thanks to the rotating table and rip fence, one can cut peculiar and complex angles without any issues.
The most noteworthy additional feature is probably the illuminated stop switch. Even though it should be a standard piece, a lot of new models simply don’t come with one included. It’s a great thing both for safety reasons and efficiency.
Underpowered for certain applications
Wheels sold separately
Things we liked about it
The thing we liked about this unit is its quality. On top of that, the overall precision and additional features are at a respectable level. In other words, you can count on accurate cuts at all times, regardless of how often the machine is utilized. It doesn’t lose consistency over time thanks to the high-quality parts.
The included base is also a great factor for both stability and portability. As we mentioned, the wheels are great and they won’t crumble under pressure over time. As you may know, a lot of other models struggle with the integrity of the wheels. The price is also quite affordable and acceptable even for people who are on a tight budget.
Things we didn’t like
The wheel system and work light aren’t included but are sold separately. While one can use the machine without these features, getting the wheelbase is strongly recommended. It significantly increases the stability and portability of this machine. Also, some people complained about it being underpowered.
As it solely depends on the application, we cannot confirm nor deny this claim, but the 1 3/4HP motor should yield decent results with most types of wood.
Most people agree that this investment could go both ways. It can turn into a good one if you find the machine sufficiently powerful and versatile, but it can also be a burden for people who are planning on tackling a demanding project. Even though the unit is consistent and performs well, it’s not foreseen for intense use on a daily basis. In case you’re looking for a heavy-duty machine, you might want to check out some other ones as well.
Even though this market is quite saturated with machines of questionable quality, this particular one can be considered to be a premium one. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s the best on the market because it’s far from it, but it does offer a set of basic features that allow you to tackle any small to mid-sized project without too many issues.
On top of that, the price is one of the primary selling points of this unit. However, bear in mind that the wheels and work light aren’t included which means you will have to pay extra for those.