Bandsaw Blade Cuts Waste

By Bill Esler | Posted: 02/05/2013 12:24PM


Laguna bandsaw Wandering bandsaw blades can wreck projects and waste wood. “No one can afford to waste wood in the bandsawing process these days… especially exotic woods,” says Catherine Helshoj, VP LagunaTools.

At IWF 2012 Laguna showed an updated LT 14 SUV bandsaw that improves efficiency by using extremely thin-profile blades – allowing it to handle intricate scrollwork, typically needed to be done by much smaller machines in the past. The LT 14 SUV also has a patented ceramic Laguna Guide System using thumb screws for adjustment control, cast iron flywheels, fence, table, and 3-hp Leeson motor. The rack and pinion upper guide and table tilt were also upgraded, as were the handles and wheels.

Now Laguna has updated its bandsaw blades as well. “We machine grind our blades to extremely precise tolerances of 0.002 of a millimeter,” says Helshoj. “We use a complex two-piece manufacturing process that incorporates carbide material for remarkably durable teeth that cut through even the hardest wood like butter.”


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Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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