LAGUNA TOOLS Fusion Table Saw Review
Editor Rating: 4.8/5
LAGUNA TOOLS Fusion Table Saw
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: July 20, 2017
High-end hybrid table saws are great for people who don’t have the money for a more advanced one such as the cabinet type. The market is filled with plenty of high-quality table saws, but a vast majority of them are either too expensive or packed with redundant features that aren’t as cost-efficient as one would expect.
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- Weight – 266 pounds
- Table size – 20″ x 27″
- Extension table size (includes two) – 12″ x 27″
- Table height – 34 1/2″
- Motor – 3/4 HP TEFC
- Voltage -110V
Laguna Tools Fusion – The Basics
When it comes to high-end hybrid saws, the Fusion model is among the best. It includes a ton of useful and helpful features combined with high precision and a lot of sheer power. The 3/4 HP motor is able to withstand quite a lot of stress, including particularly dense wood. In simpler words, it can cut through anything without too much hassle.
Laguna is a pretty well-known company, and they are well-respected among both professionals and DIY-ers. One of the main characteristics of this model is the fact that unlike many other hybrids, the trunnion is not attached to the tabletop. Instead, it’s mounted on the top to keep the table as flat as possible.
This particular model has one of the neatest designs on the market. It’s very compact and yet somewhat futuristic and innovative. One of the greatest features design-wise is the available storage. Many models don’t offer any kind of storage, but this one is a pleasant exception. Truth be told, the storage doesn’t have a massive capacity per se, but you can keep your fence safe in there.
The built-in wheels help a lot when it comes to moving and portability. On the other hand, it is a particularly heavy machine on four wheels of questionable quality. Therefore, you shouldn’t count or rely on the wheels too much. However, the four leg knobs are great for adjusting the machine to your personal preferences. It’s also quite easy to do it. Overall, the Fusion model can be regarded as stable and solid.
The safety is okay, but far from impressive. The standard set of security mechanisms is indeed included, but it’s pretty much all you get. The anti-kickback system is quite straightforward and effective. The tabletop is spacious and well-secured; therefore, big pieces of wood aren’t an issue.
The On/Off button is large enough for you to react if you stumble upon a problem during work. The button is positioned quite well meaning you can push it even with your knees.
The machine features a 4-inch dust-collecting port. You can hook any affordable industrial vacuum onto the machine, and it should work well. It’s a neat addition because you don’t need to invest in premium components in order to use the full potential of this unit.
Needs assembly and fine-tuning
Might be a bit complex for absolute beginners
Things we liked about it
The first thing people notice and like about the Fusion is its impeccable design. Apart from being aesthetically appealing, it’s also effective and quite functional. In simpler words, the engineers responsible for the design have done an excellent job.
One more advantage is the power of its motor. Thanks to the 3/4 HP motor, the unit is capable of processing a vast array of different wood types. It’s a great thing because you’re not limited only to soft and easily processed wood.
It’s also quite easy to maneuver if you ever end up in a situation like that. Many people keep it in their garage and move it like a wheelbarrow.
Things we didn’t like
There aren’t many things we didn’t like. In fact, it’s quite hard to find a single flaw on this particular model. It’s a great all-around unit with a ton of potential. It does require some adjustments, assembly, and fine-tuning upon arrival, but it’s a pretty easy job, and it lasts no more than a couple of hours. However, if you aren’t as experienced with mechanical and electric units, it might be a good idea to hire someone to help you or phone a friend who has some knowledge about these tools.
General user impressions
Even though this model doesn’t have a particularly wide group of people interested, the ones who bought it didn’t have any major issues. As we already said, it does require some assembly, so make sure you know what you are doing before turning it on for the first time.
Some people didn’t like the level of noise and the way it performs in certain conditions, but setting up the dust-collecting port usually solves the performance issues. Make sure you read the manual before getting stressed out due to something not performing as it should.
Serious and devoted professionals love the Fusion model. It’s an excellent unit with a lot of additional features that contribute to the overall accuracy and precision of the blade. As we said, the safety is okay, and there shouldn’t be any problems security-wise as long as you use the unit properly.
The price is quite affordable, and some even find it surprisingly underpriced. One cannot say it’s cheap, but it’s certainly cost-efficient and worth investing in. People with a bit of previous experience usually use the full potential of this hybrid saw as soon as they put it to work. On the other hand, the less-experienced ones may run into certain problems and uncertainties. It’s not a hard machine to use, but you should read the manual regardless.