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Thread: Laguna Platinum 18/47 Lathe

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    Laguna Platinum 18/47 Lathe

    Does anyone know anything about this Laguna lathe?

    I was reading through Frank's Jet vs. Grizzly post and it got me dreaming, so I started looking online and found this Laguna lathe. For the same price as the Jet you get an additional 2" in swing. But I am unfamiliar with the Laguna tools.

    Any advice or opinions greatly appreciated, especially if anyone has this lathe.

    Thanks,
    Keith

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    Keith, I've heard good and bad things about this lathe. A member here, earl timmons, has one but I noticed he hasn't been on the site in a few months....others will chime in soon.
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    It sure bears a lot of resemblance to the Grizzly G0632 and Jet 1642. Except it is 18" swing and longer bed. And is 2 hp 220V compared to the 1 1/2hp on Griz and optional motors with Jet. It has a better switch set-up than my Griz.
    Very interesting that several companies are selling essentially the same piece of equipment.
    Of course, the big question is, what are the differences the companies won't talk about?
    And now.....Laguna is Chinese?

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    Allot of problems with this lathe, steer clear.

    I know two or three people who had major problems and Laguna did a lousy job servicing them. They even publicly accused the turners they didn't know what they where doing.

    As soon as WR is back you should be able to see the thread

    http://www.woodturnersresource.com/c...4775;start=all

    It is a long thread and the problems with the lathe start at post 100

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    Thanks Ron! I was looking at it closer and it also appears that the shaft does not extend out the back of the headstock, to no hand wheel and maybe no vacuum chucking?

    I have been trying to view WR in the recent past, whats going on with that do you know?

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    WR is having Mechanical Difficulties, we should be back up soon.

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    laguna lathe

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Sardo View Post
    WR is having Mechanical Difficulties, we should be back up soon.
    There back.
    What I heard was that there service totaly stunk and that tells me a lot about companys

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    Laguna Platinum 18/47 Lathe

    Ron,

    Did Wizzy ever post further on the WR about the lathe? I didn't find anything past 7-2-08.

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    Aloha
    "You got to learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make them all yourself". (Author unknown)

    "Time flies like..... an arrow,,,Fruit flies like..... a banana." Groucho Marx

    Ah,,,to live in Paradise!

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    Fighting for all I am worth, and praying every day.

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    Laguna would only take the lathe back if we deleted a few posts.
    We did and Wizzy got his money back, but he had a hard time of it.
    He has a Jet 1220

    (Actually the posts are just hidden from public view, Don't tell Laguna)

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    Ron, I did not know that you had to retract posts, that sucks, but, on a personal note, nice to see that Wizzy got his hard earned cash back.

    Not an auspicious start for the Laguna lathe
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