I was wondering which was the best 10 inch bandsaw to replace my old saw that had died the death. Machines and I go way back to the first time I took apart a motor to see how it worked. Now that I am setting up shop for the next chapter of life (retirement) and investing my time in some serious woodworking projects for my grandchicks, I need quality tools that will last me without breaking the bank. I wanted the best 10-inch bandsaw for my buck, and I am pleased as punch to have found the WEN 3962 Two-Speed Band Saw.
So what precisely makes this the best 10-inch bandsaw, compared to other options?
I will brag upfront that I am a fan of the WEN brand and have had good experiences with their customer service. Even with a quality piece of equipment like this one, you can hit a speedbump. I like the two-year warranty, I like repair technicians who actually know their product, and I like real people at the end of a phone line. WEN’s got my business because I trust them.
You will also want some versatility and torque in your bandsaw, and the WEN’s got that too. This machine handled my rough cuts, no sweat. I have also had success with the intricate cuts that were required to make my wife her fancy new barn board bathroom signage.
Here are the basics of what you can expect with this piece of equipment:
-a 3.5-amp motor
-a 9-3/4 inch throat, makes cuts up to six inches deep and 9-3/4 inches wide
-two-speed operation allows for speeds of either 1520 or 2620 RPM, take your pick
-versatility of blade – 72” blades anywhere from 1/8 to 1/2 inches in size
-nice, spacious work/bevelling table measures in at 14 x 12-1/2 inches in size and can be swiveled up to 45 degrees… so much easier than using a hand tool, my friend (seems I have to learn everything the hard way).
-a sliding miter gauge
-flexible work light for the work table
-a fence for creating straight cuts (reversible, they thought of everything)
Weight: 73 lbs –
Dimensions: 20 x 25 x 58 –
Size: 10 Inches –
Motor: 3.5 amp –
Speeds: 1520 and 2620 FPM –
Table Dimensions: 14 x 12 ½” –
Swivel: 45 degrees –
Warranty: 2 years
|-excellent value = more $ to spend on your wife’s bathroom
-smaller bandsaw that can handle serious cuts and recuts
-versatile – works with different sized blades, dust hoses, handles a variety of jobs
-bells and whistles to give you that warm fuzzy “I love my workshop” feeling
-solid construction, with cast-iron table top
-ball bearing guides make operation smooth
-tried and true brand
|-some assembly required
-requires adjustment depending on the job. You have to “get to know” this bandsaw to get the most out of it.
-adjustment controls have personality, and aren’t quite on par with cutting capacity
If you’re gearing up to build your very own log cabin, this bandsaw isn’t going to work for you. Get something bigger and more expensive. BUT, if you want the best 10 inch bandsaw, this is the one. You’ll find the WEN 3962 does all you want a 10” bandsaw to do, and then some – in fact, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by just what this machine can cut, and you’ll have fun using the extras to make your cuts precisely what you need. My experience has been very positive, largely because I can do so much with just the one machine, and much more than I could easily manage with a hand tool.