Laguna Tools MBAND1412-175 Benchtop Band Saw Review

Tools of the highest quality usually have a price which reflects this standard, and this bandsaw is no different.

What exactly is so special about the MBAND 1412-175? Well, Laguna Tools have spent two years in designing, building and rolling out this bandsaw.

Before we get started – we know many people are strapped for time, so we have a quick overview for you below of the main points we’ve covered for the Laguna Tools MBAND 1412-175:

  • Includes a powerful 1 ¾ HP motor
  • Pyramid spine and steel constructed design, with cast iron wheels & table (bevel ability 45 degrees left, 7 degrees right)
  • Precision blade tension scale, as well as double windows for blade adjustment tracking
  • T-Square aluminum rip fence which can be aligned both high and low, perfect for resawing
  • Table bevels to 45 degrees left and 7 degrees right with a throat size of 13 ⅝”

As you’ll come to realize throughout this article – the level of preparation in which Laguna have put into their design shows in the end result; a powerful tool which tops the competition.

If you’re looking for reasons to find why you can justify paying a premium price for this bandsaw, we definitely have a few and more for you within this article.

Specifications & Features

Firstly, we’ll start with the specs and features of the MBAND 1412-175. There are many of them to list, so I’ve rounded them off into the categories in which you’ll come to read.

Specifications

  • 1 ¾ HP motor
  • Direct start switch with safety key which illuminates
  • Cast iron table with 13-5/8″ throat size
  • Aluminum rip fence with dimensions of 18″ X 5 1/2″ X 1/2″
  • Ultra smooth worm gear and pinion, which is engineered to have minimum flex extended to the maximum point

Motor

When you look into the specs of this benchtop bandsaw, your eyes will first look at how powerful it is – as you want to make sure it’s capable of tackling any pieces of wood thrown at it.

And the  MBAND1412-175 doesn’t disappoint, featuring a 1 ¾ HP motor, which is one of the most powerful motors you can find currently available in the bandsaw market.

Due to this sheer power, there aren’t many materials in which you’ll have issues cutting with. Of course, the preference is wood – yet metal, aluminum and even bone can be cut with this bandsaw.

The only thing which lets this bandsaw down is the compatible blade sizes, with the MBAND 1412-175 accepting ⅛” to ¾” blades.

A wider blade would excel with this bandsaw given the impressive output the motor provides, yet once you’ve become accustomed to using blades within this range, it won’t become an issue.

Cast Iron Table & Bevel Ability

It’s no use having a reliable bandsaw without a table that is able to support your projects. This is another area where Laguna have excelled in – with the MBAND 1412-175 boasting a cast iron table with the dimensions of 21 ½” X 16″.

When using the bandsaw for the first time, the table will catch your eye. Why is that?

Well, the table’s surface is micro-polished, and your first cut with this saw will have you wondering why you didn’t take the plunge earlier. It also includes a very respectable 13 ⅝” throat size, which is one of the largest throat sizes across the industry.

Added to this, the table is able to bevel 45 degrees to the right, and 7 degrees to the left. Using the micro adjust function, you’re able to achieve a positive stop at a 90-degree angle.

If you’re looking to resaw, you have 12” to work with. Essentially, the bandsaw is built for all types of projects, and is able to thrive where many other bandsaws would fail.

Blades: Easily Adjustable & Toolless

Laguna makes a lot of the manual work and strips this bare – a clear feature that’s noticeable when you have a look at the blades system.

It’s easy to replace the blades, and you won’t need a hex or allen key. It’s a toolless feature, and will cut a fair amount of time out of what can be a painful task at times.

If you’re looking to adjust the tension of the blades, this is also another quick and effortless task.

The MBAND 1412-175 contains a precision blade tension scale, which for the beginner or casual hobbyist, is definitely a game changer – meaning no more russian roulette when tensing or loosening a blade – the scale will take care of this for you.

Laguna have made this as convenient as possible for you, so you can spend more time on doing the work you bought the bandsaw for.

What’s In The Box?

This is a bare tool option only, meaning you’ll receive out of the box:

  • 1 x Laguna Tools MBAND1412-175 Bandsaw

What Separates The MBAND1412-175 From The Rest Of The Pack?

Now that we’ve had a look into some of the basic features of the MBAND 1412-175, we can pick apart the features that make this model of bandsaw really stand out.

Like I have with the standard features – I’ve also picked three standout features below.

If you don’t agree, or have another feature you think is worthy of mentioning – let us know in the comments at the bottom of this article.

Double Windows

With a bandsaw that cuts through all aspects of cutting edge technology and performance, it’s difficult to pinpoint one standout feature.

However, I’ve chosen the double windows – which allow you to actively see the tension of your blade – and also how it’s tracking. This gives you complete ownership over both the bandsaw and your project, as you’ll be able to check the condition of the blades without having to halt everything you’re doing.

For something which promotes convenience and doesn’t compromise on any other box, this is a big yes from me.

Do you think the same as I do in this regard?

Durable & Built To Last

The pyramid spine in which Laguna have integrated into their bandsaw makes the difference when ripping through woods – and not only for the short term, but also for the long term.

How so? Well, the make-up of the design is incredibly durable, constructed with a steel frame that will stand the test of time, as well as cast-iron wheels to provide support, and the cast iron table for streamlined leverage for your pieces.

Back onto the wheels for a quick moment – you’ll notice that they are fitted with polyurethane tires.

These tires run cooler than traditional tire designs, meaning that they last a lot longer as well.

Due to the cast iron spread throughout both the table and the wheels, and coupled with the pyramid spine and steel construction – vibration is almost non-existent.

No vibration for my work AND durability?

Sign me up, thanks!

Aluminum Rip Fence With Two Settings

Lastly, we’ll be looking at the aluminum rip fence.

I know what you could be thinking – how is a rip fence a standout feature?

Well, the main reason is that this aluminum rip fence has two settings available – both high and low.

The rip fence is T-square style, and adjustments are quite easy to make – whether that’s for aligning the fence, or switching between high and low methods of operation.  

This is perfect for those looking to resaw, and Laguna Tools have exactly those woodworkers in mind with this design.

As the table is quite spacious, you’ll not only be able to resaw, but allow for many other projects to be made – as you’ll have that extra bit of space, especially with the 13 ⅝” throat size.

Final Thoughts

After reading through this article, I hope your mind is a little more at ease when deciding if you should take the plunge and welcome a new addition to your tool family.

The Laguna Tools MBAND 1412-175 is the pinnacle of bandsaws currently available, with a variety of features which are both functional, and also extremely convenient.

With a 1 ¾” HP motor, a 13” throat size on a large cast table, plus a stainless steel body which will give you many, many hours and years of quality service – it’s definitely one to think about, and a purchase you won’t regret if you end up pulling the trigger.

With that being said, my opinion could vary from yours – and I’d like to hear it.

Perhaps I forgot something, or you’d like to share a feature or some tips with our readers?

Whatever they may be, leave your comments below.

James Thomas

James Thomas

Tool Enthusiast

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