Laguna 14/Twelve 14" bandsaw

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.6
out of 5
Brand:
Laguna
Model:
14Twelve
Price:
$1,097

Description

This is Laguna’s first foray into the 110 Volt segment.

Features include pyramid shaped spine, 1¾ HP TEFC Motor, quick release tension, 110 volt outlet and micro polished 21x16" table mounted onto oversized trunion paired with aluminum hi/low fence.

Solid cast wheels are electronically, dynamically balanced & fitted with polyurethane one-piece tires designed to run cooler & last longer than conventional tires.

The worm gear & pinion is ultra-smooth and engineered to have minimum flex even when fully extended. This is a trade mark of Laguna’, just like the famous ceramic Laguna guides.

Double windows allows you to check both tension & tracking while the machine is running.

POWER
Motor: 1¾HP, TEFC, 60Hz.
Voltage: 110V
Amperage: 14/7 (110/220V)
6' Cord with Nema 5-15P Plug
CSA Certified
Illuminated On/Off Direct Start Switch with Safety Key
Pre-Wired 110V Outlet for Light

DESIGN
Steel Frame Construction, Pyramid Spine, Cast Iron Wheels

CAPACITY
Resaw Capacity: 12"
Throat Capacity: 13⅝"
Blade Length: 115"
Blade Width: ⅛" – ¾"
Miter T-Slot: ⅜" x ¾"

TABLE & FENCE
Cast Iron 21½" x 16" Micro-Polished Table Surface
Table Height: 38"
Lock Handle Secures Table Flatness
Heavy Duty Cast Iron Trunion 8" x 13"
Table Tilts Right: 45°, Left: 7°
Positive Stop at 90° with Microadjust
Aluminum Rip Fence: 18" x 5 ½" x ½" with High/Low Feature
Fence Rail: 1" x 28" Tubular Steel
Lock Knob with Brass Tip
Adjustable Nylon Glide Pad"

The UN-Expected
Quick Release Blade Tensioner w. 6 &11 o’clock stops
Precision Tension Scale
Hand Wheel Conveniently Mounted under Upper Cabinet
4" Dust Port. Innovative Table Insert Forces Dust into Port
Laguna 10 Point Ceramic Blade Guides, no moving parts
Magnetic Blade Guard
Ultra Smooth Worm Gear-driven Rack & Pinion
Minimum Flex in Guide Post even when fully Extended
Premium Throat Plate 2⅞" x 5¼" with Set Screws
Dynamically Balanced Cast Iron Wheels
Polyurethane Single Piece Cold Running Tires
Flat Poly-Groove Drive Belt
Massive Adjustable Lower Wheel Shaft
Blade Speed Optimized for Wood Cutting
Heavy Duty Enclosed Stand with Rubber Pads
Dual Windows Display Tracking & Tension Information
Euro Style Adjustable & Replaceable Door Hinges
Two-Tone Powder Coated Paint
World Class Fit & Finish

DIMENSIONS
Overall Height: 70¼",
Guide Post Protrudes 3" in full up Position
Compact 25" x 18" Footprint
Shipping Dimensions: 56" x 23" x 23"
Net Weight: 258 lbs.

WOOD magazine review

Laguna’s first 110-volt bandsaw delivers muscle and finesse

Review Summary

I’ve long been a fan of Laguna’s bandsaws, but the required 220 voltage and premium prices have kept them out of reach of most home woodworkers.
The 14/Twelve, the company’s first 110-volt bandsaw, offers the features Laguna has been known for—powerful motors, ceramic blade guides, easy and precise adjustments—at a price comparable to other 14" resaw machines. With a motor strong enough to power through oak and ash at the full resaw capacity of 12", this saw impressed me by never wavering more than 1/64" during those cuts. The ceramic blade guides adjust easily without tools and held all blades on course, even when cutting tight curves. The rack-and-pinion blade-guide post held solidly without flex. Its rip fence adjusts for blade drift, and can be used in high (5-1/2") or low (1/2") position. The 16×21" table provides ample workpiece support, and is anchored on a massive trunnion that locks solidly and moves smoothly on a rack-and-pinion gear. I tested this machine outfitted with the optional lamp ($99) and mobile base ($149). The halogen light plugs into a socket on the back of the saw and illuminates the cutting area well. And the three-caster mobile base works sufficiently to move the saw around the shop, but made it a bit tippy. —Tested by Bob Saunders

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Arrow straight resaw

Review Summary

I've heard many times from many people that every band saw has blade drift. Obviously those people have never used this saw. I bought this guy on a whim after I got fed up with making do with crappy second hand underpowered saws. I walked into the store and asked for the best band saw they sold, I walked out 10 minutes later with this. I have cut 8" thick red oak and 6" thick cherry albeit slowly but with arrow straight results.
The blade guides took some getting used to and require some different setup than the traditional roller bearings I was used to. The blade guides to produce the occasional spark, but apparently this is nothing to worry about and gets better with time. To begin with I was worried I would be required to replace the ceramic guides but over a years worth of use and other than cosmetic marks I see no need to replace them in the near future. I could be wrong but the additional tension of 3/4" blades do seem to put a good deal of stress on the machine so I tend to stick with 1/2" 3 tpi for resawing. The table is very large and offers a great sturdy work surface, which is great but the weight and dimension of it make it difficult to remove for setting up blade guides. You have to feed the blade through the narrow slot then rotate the table 90 degrees while holding it at an angle. The kinda odd 115" blade size has offered some difficulty with finding replacement blades but they're not impossible to find. I would recommend avoiding the Laguna brand regular steel blades, I've purchased them a few times what with the availability of the 115" but they are far inferior to Timberwolf which easily offer 4x the operating life. Just recently Jet has come out with a copy of this beefed up 14" saw but is charging about $400 more for it. All said and done this is by far the best band saw I've ever used and even though its slightly higher price than comparable saws... it has obvious advantages over all of them.

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What a fine saw!

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I bought this 2 years ago and am as happy as a clam that missed the bake! This saw is so smooth operating and easy to adjust. It does exactly what it's designed to do. The table is easily tilted to whatever angle is needed, and the fence works as well.
One change I made to it was adding a relay to handle the 220v that I use and mounting a switch at the blade tensioning lever to disconnect power when I take the tension off the blade, so I don't inadvertently start it when de-tensioned.

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