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    4.5 or 6 hp for 18" bandsaw?

    I am going to purchase a Laguna 18" bandsaw and they offer a 6hp upgrade, still 220,single phase. This will be my first 'big' bandsaw and I work with a lot of large exotic woods, i.e. - ipe, jatoba, and local hardwoods. When resawing large stock like a 16" plank of jatoba, I don't want to have moments where I wish I would have gotten the extra HP. Any suggestions? Is 4.5 more than enough or just go with the 6? Price is not much of an influence. Thanks!

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    Hi Brian!

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    If the price is not a deterrent, then why not go for the larger motor?

    I figure that the 4.5Hp would be fine for most anything, but there must be a reason they offer it with the 6Hp, if you are going to do a lot of resawing wide hard boards, then I'd say you would not regret the larger motor.

    Of course, a good sharp blade will be the next thing you will NEED to do that job, even a 6Hp motor trying to push a dull blade won't work, but I'm sure you know that!

    Cheers!
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    go for the 6hp if money is no option..
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    Agreed on more HP. 4.5 should be enough but if cost is not an issue why take the chance. My 2HP 17" has done everything I have ever needed but ipe is a rare visitor here (and tough stuff); an extra horse or two would not be unwelcome. If exotics were my trade I would prefer the extra ponies to spoiled material.
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    Nothing to add that hasn't been said...

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    For resawing more power is always better.

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    I have the LT18 bandsaw 4.5 HP and it has cut anything you can throw at it.
    (But bigger is always better)
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    Thanks for the info!

    Thanks for the input I will go with the 6hp motor. And thanks for the welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Altop View Post
    Thanks for the input I will go with the 6hp motor. And thanks for the welcome!
    more power
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    [/QUOTE]Of course, a good sharp blade will be the next thing you will NEED to do that job, even a 6Hp motor trying to push a dull blade won't work, but I'm sure you know that!

    Cheers![/QUOTE]

    Actually, I adhere to strict shop safety. I make sure that there are no chances of being cut by running all my tablesaw blades and bandsaw blades backwards. This way you may get a little burn, but no cut off hands, fingers etc. Sure is a stinker to push the wood through though!

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