October 7, 2022

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A SWEET Bandsaw Upgrade! | Laguna DriftMaster Review

3 min read

Disclosure: I have no relationship with Laguna and I purchased this product with my own money that I earned by mowing lawns and shoveling snow.

If you spend enough time around bandsaws you’ll quickly notice a theme: most of them have really bad fences. The budget-friendly saws often come with a cheap aluminum fence and a flimsy locking mechanism. Perhaps worse yet, premium bandsaws often come with fences that are nothing more than a chunk of cast iron and offer little in the way of functionality. But it’s hard to blame these companies since I don’t think my use-case represents the majority. That said, there are companies out there such as Laguna and Powermatic that are now including quality fences with their tools and that’s awesome to see. Not every company has gotten on board, however, and if you want to do precision work at your bandsaw it might be worth looking into an after-market fence system such as the Laguna DriftMaster.

To read my full written review, go here: https://thewoodwhisperer.com/videos/a-sweet-bandsaw-upgrade-laguna-driftmaster-review/

Links you might care about:
+ Old blog post I found helpful: https://myplace.frontier.com/~unix888/lagunadriftmasterfenceinstallonminimaxmm20bandsawreplacingtheoriginalfence/

+ The Best Way to Tune a Bandsaw: https://thewoodwhisperer.com/videos/best-way-set-bandsaw/

Does it Work?

Absolutely! In spite of my gripes with installation and calibration, the fence performs as well as I remember. I was slicing off consistent strips of veneer in no time and have since used it for not only veneer, but cutting small parts and busting through big resaws. The ability to accurately dial in the fence position transforms the bandsaw from a rough cutting tool into a precision powerhouse, at least in my opinion. Overall, I’m happy I made the upgrade.

Straight Talk

OK let’s get real for a second. This fence is NOT a necessity. I haven’t had one for over 15 years and my work hasn’t suffered in the slightest. So don’t let my praise of this fence fool you into thinking this is purchase of necessity. It’s a luxury. This fence is all about incremental increases in accuracy, efficiency, precision, and fun. Because yes, I sometimes purchase things because I believe they’ll make my time in the shop even more fun than it already is. As is often the case with my reviews, I can’t tell you if this purchase is worth it for you. I can only say that the product works as advertised and once you slog through the installation and calibration, you’ll probably be happy with the end result.

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