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A versatile, mid-sized band saw for cutting any appropriately sized material.
You might be thinking: "I've never heard of Sherwood tools".
Sherwood is (I believe) a Taiwanese-made range of workshop tools that is re-badged and sold by Timbecon. Carbatec does the same thing with their re-badged “Carbatec” tools, just with a slightly different design. The Timbecon website claims that Sherwood is made by a factory more aimed at industrial-grade workshop fixtures, like band saws, jointers, thickness planers, etc, with very few offerings in the hand-held range of power tools. So you won't find them in your local Bunnings.
S...o far, I've been very impressed with Sherwood’s tools, and own both an industrial-grade band saw (being reviewed here), and an over-spec router table. I also like their 5 year warranty which isn't a length you see very often. Bigger names like Jet, Powermatic and more comparable Carbatec offer only 3 years. Back to the bandsaw… Why did I choose the Sherwood 14” Variable Speed model?
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in considering the above, i am wondering what U meant by (90%) re 5 year warranty.
Also I have a Laguna 14"- non variable speed 14Twelve, and have no way of comparing quality diff's, the only thing i note is that the Laguna is a bit heavier - maybe due to it's monster motor..
Yep, it's hard to compare apples with apples, especially across brands, and when you're shopping online. There are several places the extra weight could be, the cast iron wheels, a slightly...bigger iron table, thicker paneling or framework, and of course, the motor....
Wow thankyou Harmo for your detailed reply..
Now I get U.
My predicament is the Laguna is virtually brand new. The Sherwood appeals but what to do with the Laguna?.. would have to sell it first,, get good $ for it, &, its heavy!...
May I ask, what your Laguna doesn't do for you at the moment? I've heard nothing but good things about their gear.... so I'm surprised you want to upgrade so soon. So I guess your needs have changed since you bought the Laguna?...I don't know how you use your saw, so it's hard to make a recommendation. However, I feel your pain. Sometimes I buy a piece of equipment that I'm not sure how I'll end up using it, learn to use it, and rapidly hit the limits of it and wish I bought something "nicer". Upgrading can get expensive.. but there have also been times I've under-used gear and had too much money tied up in it.. which also problematic. :-) Which leads me to an interesting thought: I have to say that while times are tough for so many, it's hard to find buyers, let alone get a good price for used gear. I've had to let a few things go for quite a bit less than I wanted in order to make room for more useful equipment over the years. So noting this trend.. I had to get a little creative to reduce my losses. I actually bartered an old wood lathe that was surplus to requirements for a large chunk of the electronics and stepper motors required to make a CNC router. So instead of "selling and buying", perhaps less direct means of funding and space reclamation will yield a more positive result. Find any local forums, Gumtree, etc, and give it a shot. It's hard to say which way I'd go with your situation. By the time you consider any gap in sale price to the new purchase price + shipping, you might well be better off waiting until times are a little better. When that happens... who knows. However the better half would kill me if I had two saws.. which is why I went for the industrial/versatile model. Timbecon managerial honesty... When I do talk to the folks at Timbecon, they do address your questions with a surprising amount honesty.. so I suppose there's a silver lining... but it really looks like their web team is the last to know anything and the site is correspondingly erroneous. So call them if you have any questions before purchasing., they'rre generally pretty easy to talk to.. as long as there isn't a major sale on. So talk to them.. then wait for the next sale. I'm guessing the next big one will be Easter/ end of financial year. I think I got about 10% off the cost, which more than covered delivery and a few blades. I hope this helps! Good luck. Harmo
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