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Pros & Cons of a Laguna 18BX vs 14BX or 14SUV

by BattleRidge
posted 01-09-2018 01:09 PM


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jimintx

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#1 posted 01-27-2018 07:38 PM

Hi Battle, I read your other thread about blades for the band saw, and then found you had started this one. My first reaction is to be somewhat surprised that this one didn’t generate a raft of replies, as I know from my own internet and LJ research that bandsaw topics are among the very most visited and discussed (or so it sure seems).

I also know you already got the 18BX. Thus, I wanted to say
1. congrats on making that selection and having it sitting in your truck!

2. I agree with the very useful idea to have a smaller bandsaw in the shop, as well. I sure enjoy that combo in my shop, although my big one is small relative to yours. My set is the Rikon 10-326 and my old 12” craftsman that I bought new in the 1984 time frame. I agree that the 3-wheel Craftsman is not likely the best choice.

3. As to your original question, I don’t think there is any reason not to go for a larger machine if you have the cash, the space, and the 220 power source.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#2 posted 01-29-2018 05:13 PM

I appreciate the comment, Jim. Thus far I truly love the bandsaw and each of it’s features. I have only been able to do some tinkering with the 1” Resaw King blade which arrived several days ago, and am quite impressed.

My first foray was to do a variety of different cutting on some scrap pieces of lumber just to set-up and become familiar with the machine and when I came into the house for the evening I showed my wife several of the pieces. She quickly snatched some of the wood and it is now on her crafting table in our sunroom where she has already put it to use, so it will be interesting to see things evolve as I actually work on pre-planned projects.

I have two Lenox Diemaster 2 blades (1/2” & 1/4”) due to arrive today and am looking forward to putting them on the machine and expanding my capabilities.

With the RK, I went through the set-up while checking and double checking everything (the blade looks like it could do some serious damage in the event of an error) and I wanted to be sure that all was right. The more time I spent though, the more comfortable I began to feel and while I never let my guard down on any possible hazard points, all is feeling pretty good now.

The 18BX will probably be my only bandsaw for a while and I have several other items on my wish list, including possibly purchasing a dust collection system to replace my Shopvac / Dust Deputy arrangement (which actually performs well considering they recommend 1,000 cfm for the saw).

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