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I happened to come across a review by Roland Johnson of FWW of the 18BX and about the only downside he had to say about it was the bottom guides are a bit hard to get to for adjustment.

If you are planning in using it for sawmilling then I would advise you to consider carefully before you try using the BX. I've been around logging and sawmilling most of my life and using that bandsaw to break down logs will prove a challenge. Most of the portable band mills start at about 12 hp using a gas motor which is equivalent to about 6 hp electric, twice the hp of that saw.
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...If you are planning in using it for sawmilling then I would advise you to consider carefully before you try using the BX. I've been around logging and sawmilling most of my life and using that bandsaw to break down logs will prove a challenge. Most of the portable band mills start at about 12 hp using a gas motor which is equivalent to about 6 hp electric, twice the hp of that saw.
Hi, I think he was planning to buy a portable mill for breaking the logs down, and using this to resaw down further to usable sizes. The 18BX takes up to a 1.24 inch wide resaw blade (I'd go with no more than 1 inch). That 3hp 220v motor should be more than adequate for that.

He'll need to let 2 1/4 inch thick slices dry about 2 years before resawing them. He was thinking of harvesting fallen and dead trees, but you have to be careful of insects or rot if they stand dead very long, especially if they've fallen and are laying on the ground. I also think he's considering a drying setup of some sort to speed that process a bit. Think of all that hardwood lumber.
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The Laguna 18BX bandsaw is my final choice.

Wood Werks in Columbus is having their 2018 Winter Expo with a multitude of demos and displays this weekend, along with discounts of 10% off machines, 15% off accessories and 20% off lumber and turning blocks, so my Chief Financial Officer (wifey) and I made the 80 mile trip and purchased the saw. In addition to the 10% savings, I didn't have to pay the standard $75.00 delivery charge that purchasing from other dealers would have added, so that made the saw the cheapest I have ever found it. Next comes unloading and assembly but for convenience I can back my truck to the spot I will be placing the saw, making things go much easier.

'The Wood Working Shows' is also in Columbus at the State Fairgrounds this weekend and thus provided the opportunity to visit both events in one day. I don't think we were the only ones to take advantage of the timing of the events and Wood Werks parking lot was overflowing with parking extending into the snow-covered berm along the road and wherever people could fit their vehicles. Interestingly they received a delivery of Jet equipment today and they had to offload the truck some distance away, making it necessary to make several trips up and down the road with the forklift to ferry the equipment in.

'The Wood Working Shows' was nice and gave us the opportunity to see Alex Snodgrass in person with his bandsaw clinic and additionally to speak with him afterward, as well as to speak with his father and meet Alex's wife. They are a class act and a knowledge base that is very much worth seeing in person.

Thank you to everyone that posted and the insight was quite helpful.
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You can't have too big of wheels. The bigger the better. I jumped from a 10 to a 14 and then to a 18 inch Minmax. I never would go back. I now have a much bigger work surface table and a smoother running bandsaw.
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