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post #1 of 7 Old 10-03-2014, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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New Laguna came today...

Ordered a Laguna 14SUV last week and it arrived today. Man, this is one purty tool!!

Took a few hours to assemble but it was fun and easy. Heavy, though!
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Interestingly enough, they state you need a 30 amp breaker for the 3 HP motor. I'm ok with that since I'm putting in a subpanel and already bought the 30A plug and receptacle. I've even read that in quite a few places - must use 30A plug and wiring. I've also read that this unit ships with no plug, just a 6' cord. Why, then, does mine have not only a plug but it's a 20A plug? And, to make it worse, the cord is 14AWG. 14! Not 10, not even 12, but 14. And the cord from the magnetic starter to the motor is 14, as well. Oh, and another interesting spec - my PM66 3HP Baldor motor is 15 FLA but this 3HP Leeson motor is 12.8 FLA. I'm thinking the Baldor is a true 3HP and this is 3HP on a diet but it will probably still have plenty of power.
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I didn't use/need the manual for assembling the saw but I did open it when I finished to check out the specs on the current draw. Sure enough, it says use 10 gauge up to 15' and 8 gauge if you're going further. It also says it ships with no plug. Obviously something has changed since that was printed.

I hope to get my subpanel finished in the next week and then I can power this bad boy up on a 30A circuit, whether it needs it or not!

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I would look at the amperage on the motor plate, and install wire/breaker/plug according to that.
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I would look at the amperage on the motor plate, and install wire/breaker/plug according to that.
Normally I would do just that. But since this is new and in warranty I'm going to do as they recommend, especially since I already bought the plug and receptacle.

As I said earlier, the name plate says 12.8 FLA but I'm going to use 10 gauge SJO cord anyway even though I could get by with 12. Just hard to get past the fact they installed a 14 gauge cord and 20 amp plug.

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Nice bandsaw. I have a feeling you can't wait to run some woods on it.
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Normally I would do just that. But since this is new and in warranty I'm going to do as they recommend, especially since I already bought the plug and receptacle.

As I said earlier, the name plate says 12.8 FLA but I'm going to use 10 gauge SJO cord anyway even though I could get by with 12. Just hard to get past the fact they installed a 14 gauge cord and 20 amp plug.
It is a 'china' tool. They are going to cut any and ALL corners they can.
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Nice bandsaw. I have a feeling you can't wait to run some woods on it.
Made the first cut tonight! I grabbed a slightly cupped 11" wide piece of Cherry, set the standard rip fence with no high support, and sliced off a 0.145" section. It cut like a hot knife through butter! And it came out with both sides of the cut very, very smooth. I get the impression I could do a little ROS with 220 and put a finish on, it's that smooth.

With a cupped board, no tall fence, and this first cut varied a little less than 0.010" corner to corner - not too bad at all.

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Here's one more shot - nothing to write home about but just having fun before getting some serious wood to cut (serious, as in 'expensive')

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