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|Product Dimensions||27 x 14 x 15.5 inches|
|Item model number||3975|
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WEN 3975 5" Metal-Cutting Benchtop Bandsaw
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- Adjust the blade speed anywhere from 125 to 260 feet per minute for compatibility with a variety of metals
- Beveling blade helps create cuts anywhere from 0 to 60 degrees
- Cut pipes up to 5 inches in diameter or rectangular materials up to 5 x 4-7/8 inches in size
- Compact design makes for easy storage and transportation. Features a pre-installed 56-1/2 inch x 1/2 inch blade (11 TPI / 22 Gauge) and a 4.5 amp motor
- Backed by a two-year warranty
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Remember when you could cut through 5-inch metal pipes with ease? The WEN 5-inch Metal-Cutting Benchtop Bandsaw makes easy work of brass, aluminum, copper, steel and more. Cut pipes up to 5 inches in diameter or rectangular materials up to 5 x 4-7/8 inches in size. Variable speed operation allows for blade rotation anywhere from 125 to 260 feet per minute to help ensure the perfect cut on a variety of sizes and materials. The compact design makes transportation and storage simple, giving you access to a powerful and rugged machine at both the job site and at home. The onboard vise provides a firm grasp on your workpiece. Combine this with the beveling blade to create angled cuts anywhere from 0 to 60 degrees. Make 45-degree cuts up to 3-1/8 inches in diameter for circular material and 3-1/8 x 3-15/16 inches for square material. Ball bearing blade guides provide a long lifespan and reliable operation while onboard blade tension and tilt knobs make for easy adjustments and tweaks between jobs. The WEN 5-inch Metal-Cutting Benchtop Bandsaw also features a pre-installed 56-1/2 inch x 1/2 inch blade and a 4.5 amp motor. And because it is a WEN product, your metal-cutting bandsaw comes backed by a two-year warranty, a nationwide network of skilled service technicians and a friendly customer help line. Remember when you could cut through over 24 square inches of steel in a single pass? Remember WEN.
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First impression is that it's a good tool given its limitations. I also have a larger 4x6 capacity bandsaw much like the WEN model a size up from this that is a gravity feed automatic cut saw. My model is a bit nicer than that one. This is not a great replacement for those larger saws if you're doing a lot of cutting of heavier guage metals. The ability to set it and walk away is significant and this doesn't do that.
What this saw does well is that it has great capacity in a small form factor - and it comes with a nice miter function built in. That's really handy. I set mine up on a larger size miter saw stand (the Rigid one with the 12" wheels) and it's been great for my initial use. It's portable. It cuts reasonably well out of the box. It has plenty of power - more power than you should ever be using given that you should use light pressure and let the blade cut. It's quiet. It has variable speed motor with a dial - no belts!! That alone makes it so much better than most belt drive models. The clamp mechanism is actually pretty good. So many of these saws have absolute garbage clamps on them. This isn't a marvel or kalamzoo, but it works really well for its purpose when mounted on a miter saw stand with external support for the material. I mounted mine side by side with a drycut saw on the same stand. It makes for a great combo that cuts almost everything I need. I moved my larger band saw to storage for now.
The downsides - The build quality is not as good as higher cost saws. That's to be expected. This is not a Baleigh. They make a very nice similar saw that costs $700. But there are some lacking features that are kinda important. The first is that the blade guides only use two bearings each. Every other band saw I've used including my little portable one (that also cost more I acknowledge), has three bearings per guide. The back - smooth - side of the blade is not supported by a bearing so the pressure of the saw to cut means the blade is simply riding on a hardened (I hope) steel plate. This is unusual and a cost cutting choice. Time will tell how it lasts.
The next issue is the blade guides are also very cheaply made. They lack adjustment to tune the blade angle for precise and square cuts. The upper guide has no adjustment at all. The lower guide has very little and you can't really get a good cut with only one side being adjustable. Mine cuts reasonably close out of the box. But it's not great - and it can't every be adjusted to have a perfect reliable square cut. For fabrication of steel - usually that's not a big deal. For other purposes it's not going to work. I have another nicer dry cut saw next to it on my stand just for those purposes. It's FAR more precise, but it also uses blades that cost upwards of $100 each. Blades for this saw are $15. In addition to this issue - the upper blade guide that has a slide mechanism to shorten the unguided blade length - typically used for more accurate cuts on smaller material - is really bad. I mean it's total garbage. It lacks any alignment mechanism as it slides. So when you slide it to shorten the blade free span - there's nothing to keep it aligned and keep the cut straight. My opinion is that you should just never move it from its full retracted position. That's unfortunate and kinda silly to build in the capacity to do that - but make it so poorly that you can't actually use it as it makes it worse, not better. Just pretend it doesn't exist and you won't be frustrated by how bad it is.
That's another downside. Blades are an unusual size. Fortunately they are the same as the Baleigh version this is a clone of. So they'll basically always be available somewhere. The competing klutch model uses another oddball size that is different at may put you at risk of not being able to buy cost effective blades down the road. Neither are as convenient as the blades for my larger saw that are available 7 days a week at harbor freight if you need one in a pinch. Do yourself a favor and buy 2 or 3 blades right when you get this so you have extras around if/when you need them.
Finally this has no ability to be run as a stationary upright saw. The saw only runs on the trigger on the handle - no alternate on/off switch like the Baleigh - and it also does not have autoshutoff like the Baleigh, so you can't setup to run a gravity feed cut that shuts off. It also does not tilt all the way to 90 degrees and has no real way to easily mount a plate table for stationary saw use. Not a big deal for me - but that is standard on many larger saws.
That's a lot of negatives. But that doesn't mean it's not a good value. It is. If it motor and hardware is durable and reliable for a long time - the saw has plenty of functionality to make it well worth the cost of entry. On my initial review - I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't have the need or budget for the $700+ baleigh comparable model, or the need for the accuracy of a $1500 bandsaw like the nicer larger models. It makes a great compliment to a cold saw/dry cut saw with cheap blades. That's especially worthwhile with thin wall materials that are prone to vibrate in the clamps and damage the expensive blades on your dry cut saw. It has exceptional capacity for the price. It's actually a bit bigger than the advertised size. The mouth of the saw is closer to 5.5x7".
Hope this initial review helps. Time will tell how the motor and other hardware lasts.
I had a small adjustment knob break when I first used it which was a bummer, but Wen customer service replaced it immediately.
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Mainly using it for aluminum 8040 the extruded aluminum stuff. Have had amazing results even with angles!
There are no adjustments left for me to get this saw to cut straight. I did everything I can with what was available.Read more