Laguna Tools 1.75HP Table Saw Fusion F2 36" Fence With Riving Knife
RatingSmooth and Solid but...This review is based on first impressions after a couple weeks of use on the new F2.
Bottom line: This is a very smooth saw from start-up through to shut-down - no vibration, hesitation or shudder at all but dust collection is a joke.
Shipping was straight-forward and timely. A little bit of miscommunication with some missing emails but cleared up easily with a phone call. The crate arrived in good condition and no issues with lift-gate, etc.
Unboxing went well and I was thrilled that the cast-iron wings were already attached and everything in the crate travelled well. I had to make some small adjustments to the wings but that was easy.
Setup was very clear and pretty minimal. It seems Laguna had a goal to get you up and working quickly - this is as close as you can get to plug-and-play in this category of saw. The fence was easy to install and everything seemed aligned well from the factory.
As I was looking over the saw, I noticed that the 4 inch dust port was actually just a 4 inch connection to a 2.5 inch hose inside the saw. The remaining surface of the port is solid steel - the only entrance into the cabinet being the hose that goes up to the trunnion dust shroud. There is nothing to catch the dust that the trunnion shroud doesn't capture. In fact... there is no bottom to the cabinet at all - it's entirely open. The dust simply falls to the shop floor. It's kind of like Laguna just decided that it wasn't worth it to even try for decent dust collection on the saw so they just threw in the towel and expect you to shop vac your floor and move the saw to clean the pile underneath. I have to admit, this is a real disappointment and I'm deducting a full star for that alone. I know dust collection is hard on table saws but for a hybrid at this price point, the cabinet should at least have a bottom.
The only other thing I don't love is the fence. If your point of reference is a portable or contractor saw, then this fence is probably fantastic. If you've ever used a Biesemeyer or other solid T style fence, you'll find this fence a bit lacking. It doesn't slide as smoothly as other fence systems and doesn't feel as solid or easy to work with for sacrificial fences, etc. I'm not deducting a star for this because I love the 36" capacity and I think it's inline with the price point. It does the job but it's definitely short of awesome compared to my previous Biesemeyer. Worth noting that the 36" rip capacity is awesome and much appreciated already.
So, in summary - it is an incredibly smooth saw with a great setup experience, high-quality table and machining, decent fence and terrible (non-existent) dust collection. As for value, I would say it's fair but not great. I'm going to have to put some extra money and time in to address the open bottom cabinet and corresponding dust issue. Between that and possibly upgrading the fence, my total cost will be up in the range of some true 3hp cabinet saws and I'm left wondering if I should have just gone that route.
RatingRemarkably great saw, for the priceGreat saw, great fence. First thing I did was remove the push stick from the top of fence. Definitely a little short on power. Factory splitter is for 1/8" blades. But I would think a thin kerf would be a great improvement on thick stock. Searching the web about dust collection reveals that a 4" duct is insufficient on a table saw. They are right. Expect a shower of sawdust on your stomach.My old saw with a 6" duct caught most dust, also sucked the boards flat to the table. It also struggled with 8/4 oak, where this one struggles with 5/4 oak. Fence is great.
RatingA great saw and great serviceAfter researching and pricing the available table saws, I decided on the Laguna Fusion and was not at all disappointed in the choice. I also greatly appreciated the salesman at thisiswoodworking.com answering my questions, and in arranging a liftgate service for the delivery, which put the package into my garage where I could unpack and assemble without any problems. So far I couldn't be more pleased with the saw or the service. Thanks!
RatingGreat quality, easy assembly, excellent performanceI had no problems at all assembling the saw. A helper to aid in the alignment of the extension wings was useful, but otherwise I was able to unpack and assemble all of the parts myself. Saw adjustments are easy, and the blade guide and riving knife attachment is tool free and quick. The saw runs very nicely, without vibration or undue noise, and dust collection is impressive indeed. The built in mobility wheelbarrow works pretty well, considering the bulk and weight of the saw, but using the angular rear fence rail as a handle is a bit uncomfortable (but not a big deal). Manufacturing quality is excellent throughout, and the cast iron top and wings were beautifully machined and aligned reasonably well. Only negative is the manual language, which could be fixed in afternoon by anyone at Laguna with a high school diploma.
RatingBest saw in it's category!I researched which saw would be best to replace my Ryobi BT3100. I had it narrowed down to the Grizzly, Steel City, Jet and Laguna. I discovered the Fusion saw late in my research but it quickly became a front runner. The saw is built very solid. Below were the selling points for me:
-Built in mobility (since my shop is my garage)
-36" rip capacity. I could not find another saw in the same price range that had this feature.
-table mounted trunions. (again no other saw in this price range from all the saws I looked at)
I have not used the saw much yet but am very impressed from the little bit that I have used it. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quality mobile table saw!