WEN 3962 Two-Speed Band Saw with Stand and Worklight, 10"

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2016 Model
Brand WEN
Item Dimensions LxWxH 20 x 25 x 58 inches
Number of Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
Cutting Angle 45 Degrees
Item Weight 73 Pounds

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  • 3.5 amp motor creates cuts up to six inches deep and 9-3/4 inches wide
  • Uses 72-inch blades anywhere from 1/8 to 1/2 inches in size
  • Spacious 14-1/8 x 12-1/2 inch work table bevels up to 45 degrees
  • Operates at two speeds of either 1520 or 2620 FPM
  • Optional stand allows for either floor standing or bench top applications
  • Includes a 2-year warranty, a stand, a work light, a 3-in-1 dust port, a fence, a miter gauge, and a 3/8-inch blade (6 TPI)
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"Remember when power tools were actually powerful? Reminiscent of your Grandpa’s bandsaw, the WEN 10-Inch Two-Speed Band Saw is the perfect companion for any workshop. With a 3.5-amp motor and a 9-3/4 inch throat, this beast will attack boards with cuts up to six inches deep and 9-3/4 inches wide. Two-speed operation allows for speeds of either 1520 or 2620 FPM. The design of this saw uses 72-inch blades anywhere from 1/8 to 1/2 inches in size for a variety of both intricate and powerful cuts. The spacious work table measures in at 14 x 12-1/2 inches in size and can be swiveled up to 45 degrees. This package includes a flexible work light to illuminate the worktable, a 3-in-1 dust port to fit a variety of dust extractor hoses (1-3/4, 2-3/4, 4 inches), a fence for creating straight cuts, a miter gauge for angled cuts, and a stand. Ball-bearings give the blade smooth operation and a long lasting life for years of dependable service. The easy-to-assemble stand elevates the bandsaw without sacrificing space on the shop’s work bench. And because it’s a WEN product, your WEN 10-Inch Two-Speed Band Saw comes backed by a two-year warranty, a nationwide network of skilled service technicians and a friendly and helpful customer phone line all to make sure you remember WEN. Remember when you had a versatile and powerful woodworking saw? Remember WEN."

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Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2016
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly good but can be maddening to adjust -- the good, the bad, the ugly
By Candid Reviewer on September 24, 2016
The WEN 3962 Two-Speed Band Saw with Stand and Worklight 10" is both amazing and enraging, so be prepared for that. Part of the problem is that all 9" and 10" bandsaws are inherently flimsier than their substantially heavier, beefier, and more expensive 14" or larger counterparts. Thus, regardless of brand, in this size range you can expect noticeably less horsepower, substantially more vibration, and more fiddly controls on these smaller saws. In terms of cutting capacity and cutting performance, the WEN is about as good as it gets for a 10" bandsaw under $500--and really, its performance is truly impressive when it's set up correctly. The downside is that it can be extremely difficult to get it adjusted just right.

Cost-to-performance ratio is very good. The typical going rate for these WEN 10" bandsaws seems to be around $270; however, I found mine at a large orange big box home improvement store for $199 and free shipping. Looking around for deals can indeed pay off in savings.

Initial assembly is relatively easy and straightforward. Attach four steel legs and cross supports using the supplied bolts, then attach the worktable. Now you're ready to install the blade and begin making the requisite adjustments to get it running. Here's where things get complicated, as the WEN is exceptionally sensitive to adjustments and fairly unforgiving if you don't dial it in right. Setting it up with the included 3/8" blade is time-consuming but not outrageous. However, minor adjustments to tracking and blade tension make significant differences in the quality of cut, so you do have to put in the time to find the sweet spot. My guess is that many people wrongly conclude that this saw performs poorly because they lack the knowledge or patience to set it up correctly. Unfortunately, setup is complicated by the fact that there are no markings on the tension spring to help you get in the right ballpark for that setting. Like most adjustments on this machine, you have to rely on trial and error. Worse, since the tension adjustment knob is plastic, it is VERY easy to tighten it just a little too much and then "BANG!" The knob will pop right off the top of the shaft leaving you with no tension control. That's what happened to me after twisting the knob just a few times too many to increase tension after my first test cut.

Fortunately, my first test cut had revealed the potential for high quality cuts so, even though my tension knob broke early on, I wasn't ready to give up and send it back. To fix it, I used a clamp to lift the spring-loaded tensioning post back up through the top of the machine, then pressed the plastic knob back into place, then drilled an 1/8" hole straight through the knob collar and the center of the tensioning post and slid in an old 1/8" drill bit to pin it in place. This fix works great and is considerably more durable than the original, flimsy design, which evidently relied on a tiny molded piece of plastic to hold the knob on (no wonder it shears off so easily under tension!). For the annoyance of having to perform a minor repair on an essential control on day one, I deducted one star.

With my bandsaw back in action, I spent about two hours experimenting with adjustments to the blade tracking on the upper wheel and the positions of the top and bottom guide bearings to get things running smoothly. After a steep learning curve and a lot of frustration, I had it running great and was BLOWN AWAY by the quality of the cut. A bigger, beefier machine might cut marginally better, but only marginally! No, I'm not kidding. When adjusted well, this thing cuts very, very well. Even the cheap aluminum fence that comes with it is more than solid enough to guide a piece of plywood through the blade with less than 1/64" variance off of perfectly straight! Just to be clear, that's accurate enough to slice BETWEEN the plys in a piece of plywood while keeping the blade within the thickness of the glue line! At $200, who could complain about that? That convinced me the WEN 10" bandsaw is a solid 4-star machine: It offers 5-star cuts at a 5-star price, but with frustratingly finnicky 3-star adjustment controls. If you think you'll stick with 3/8" blades, you'll be very pleased for the price.

My real troubles began when I installed an 1/8" blade (14 tpi) to allow me to cut more aggressive curves. With a thinner blade, the setup challenges increase EXPONENTIALLY. Since thinner blades are more sensitive to tracking adjustments, even a slight misalignment can cause the blade to abruptly run off the end of the wheel and either ride on the slim metal bearing surface next to the rubber tire or jump off altogether with a dangerous snap. No matter how I adjusted the upper wheel, even when I thought I had it working properly, the blade would eventually drift when the blade was properly tensioned. Backing off the tension fixed the tracking, but made for a sloppy cut. Thus, after much experimentation, I concluded the bottom wheel was not aligned properly. This should have been set properly at the factory, is harder to adjust than the upper wheel, and the process of adjusting it is not explained in the instructions. Nevertheless, I forged ahead.

[IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Always unplug your saw before making adjustments to the blade! Spin the upper wheel swiftly BY HAND to test the tracking/alignment; do not plug it in and run it until you're certain it is set correctly. Always wear eye protection and be careful! Even once you think the blade is set up properly, ALWAYS test the saw on start up by "jogging" the power switch instantly on then off. This is significantly safer than flipping it on and having the blade whip off while the wheels are still running full-bore, which is markedly more dangerous.]

Four screws hold the lower wheel axle in position where it protrudes out the back of the saw. The left/right adjustment of the lower wheel seemed fine so I did not touch the screws to either side of the axle, however the top and bottom screws set the vertical aligment of the wheel and thus, determine how well the blade centers and tracks. You have to tighten and loosen them symmetrically to make adjustments. To shift the blade further INWARD on the lower wheel (closer to the rear casing), loosen the top screw and tighten the bottom screw in approximately 1/4-turn increments (turning them both counter-clockwise as you look DOWN on the bolts from above the worktable). To shift blade further OUTWARD on the lower wheel (closer to the door cover), do the reverse: loosen the bottom screw and tighten the top screw (again, turn both clockwise as you look DOWN on the bolts from above the worktable). The really tricky thing here is that adjustments to the bottom wheel tracking also affect the top wheel tracking, so you have to get the top wheel tracking well, then spin it to see how things ride on the lower wheel. Then adjust the lower wheel as needed. Then see how it affects the top wheel tracking and adjust the upper wheel tracking to compensate. Repeat this process until you have both wheels tracking relatively well. In my case, I found that the ideal setup has the gullet of the blade aligned almost exactly in the center of the top wheel and slightly further back (inward) on the lower wheel (about 1/16" closer to the rear casing than it is on the top wheel).

As you can tell from that description, this is all VERY time consuming. Worse, you will have to repeat it multiple times because whenever you come back to the saw for a new project, if you even breathe wrong on the controls, you can throw everything off to the point of having to start over from scratch to get things running right again. (One reason is because 1/8" blades also develop minor bends/kinks very easily when they get thrown off track. Those kinks, however minor, can subsequently affect their tracking performance.) Getting such a narrow blade to track reliably is further complicated by the fact that, if the tension is set too high or too low, it can abruptly wander and skip off the wheels. In other words, you need proper tracking to find the proper tension adjustment, and you need proper tension to find the proper tracking adjustments. This is a big guessing game with a lot of swearing and thrown blades along the way.

Surely, it is clear why I say this saw can be maddening. With an 1/8" blade, the adjustment controls are truly, unbelievably fiddly. Moreover, the tires/blade bearing surfaces of the upper and lower wheels are about half as wide as they would be on larger 14" bandsaws, so there is little tolerance for error when a blade begins to wander. Even at the lower speed, it doesn't take long before "BANG!"... the blade jumps off. For that reason, I deducted another star, as this is not a small annoyance and one that will take quite a lot of time to effectively mitigate (I do think it will lessen as one becomes more experienced and familiar with the aforementioned issues). Notably, despite dozens of experiences with the blade jumping off, I have never once been injured. The doors, the table, and the adjustable blade guides do a good job capturing the blade, so that is some comfort, even if it doesn't eliminate the intimidation factor of setting up this saw.

If setup is that finnicky, you're probably wondering: "Why bother?" Well, when you finally do get it set up properly, HOLY COW does it cut unbelievably well for a small, affordable bandsaw! I'm not kidding. The depth-of-cut capacity for this saw is 6" (best in class for this size). To test out the quality of cut, I ran a 5-3/4" tall piece of 1/2" thick plywood (approx 9" long) through to see how straight the 1/8" blade could cut. Keep in mind that the 1/8" blade is the smallest and therefore LEAST STRAIGHT CUTTING BLADE you can install on this machine. It is really intended for curvy cuts (which it does very well!). Nevertheless, with that narrow blade installed, cutting slowly, and nearly maxxing out the depth of cut, I was able to use the cheap fence to cut a REMARKABLY straight line through a 9" length of plywood with LESS than 1/64" of drift to either side of the infinitesimal glue line between the plys! If someone told me they could do that with a saw in this price range and a blade that thin, I would accuse them of fibbing, so I wouldn't blame you for being skeptical. See the images I posted for proof.

To sum up: Be prepared for tedious adjustment headaches whenever you install a new blade--especially whenever you install a blade thinner than 3/8", which makes the already-sensitive tracking adjustments even more exasperating to dial in. However, once you have this baby running well, you can expect some of the best performance I've seen from any smaller benchtop bandsaw in the 10", sub-100 lbs., sub-$500 range.

I was tempted to give it 4 stars based on its brilliant performance-for-the-dollar; however, ease of adjustment counts for a lot on a bandsaw, and this one suffers from hyper-sensitive controls, lower wheel misalignment from the factory that had to be corrected by trial-and-error, poor tension control design, no tension markings/scale, and relatively narrow wheels that make thin 1/8" blades very hard to get set up right and holding center. If you can overlook those issues and put in the time to figure it out, you'll undoubtedbly love the results you get from the cut. To do any better, you're going to have to spend substantially more on a substantially heavier and larger machine. One other note: Like most 10" or smaller bandsaws, the relatively light weight (approx. 70 lbs.) means more vibration. Don't expect this to pass the "nickel test," but do expect it to give surprisingly good cuts nevertheless.

Other notes: The worklight is practically useless since it is mounted on the back. The dust port doesn't work great with a shop vac, though perhaps it may work better for those who have a large dust collector. The front rail and the cheap aluminum fence work surprisingly well. The miter gauge can be made to work, but is about as cheap and flimsy as it could possibly get. With the low horsepower on these smaller 10" saws, they are not really intended for re-sawing, except on small pieces. This is not a portable lumber mill. It would take a long time and place significant strain on the 1/3 HP motor to "resaw" on any kind of regular basis.

I recommend this saw for most small shop woodworkers who understand the frustrations I described. I do not recommend it for impatient and easily angered personality types.
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