WEN 10-Inch Two-Speed Band Saw with Stand and Worklight
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Harbor Freight quality is better then these guys.
?? I generally find Harbor Freight to be about the worst quality available. Please clarify.
Truer words have never been spoken. HF = mostly junk
I needed a hacksaw to cut through some 1.25" PVC pipe. Mine had been destroyed, so I bought a kit (handle and several blades) from Harbor Freight. About 1/3 through the cut the blade shattered–broke in several pieces. Ditto the next blade. It took THREE blades just to get through a piece of relatively light PVC pipe.
Any info from the seller on whether or not this saw at given speeds and with appropriate blade, will cut metal? Aluminum up to stainless? I know some band saws lack sufficient durability in the bearing and motor drive to do so. thanks.
It’s going too fast. For Aluminum you want about 200 feet per minute, and this on low is going 1520. For steel you want less than 100. It can be done, but you go through blades really fast.
I go to Harbor Freight quite a bit. While I recognize their stuff isn’t up to snuff with more expensive brands, I have yet to have anything I’ve bought there break or even become misaligned. The 12" sliding compound miter saw I bought at their tent sale is my favourite shop tool.
This is definitely a light weight saw. 3.5 amps makes it less than a 1/2HP motor. The blade length at 72" says light weight, hobby saw. A good imported, full size band saw such as a Jet or Grizzly will have a 1HP (8.4+ amps), 93-1/2" blade, able to run up to a 3/4" blade. Note also in the video that the guy cutting a 6" band saw box glued up Fir, a very easy to cut soft wood. So again, for hobby work, an OK band saw, and priced accordingly. To get a full-sized band saw, expect to pay upwards of $750.
I bought the cheap 4" grinder to cut off four 1/2" bolts sticking out of a slab. Half way thru the second bolt it started smoking, I took it back and got a replacement. The second one did the same on the last bolt but I was able to finish with a hack saw, I took the grinder back.
So I guess I got the job done and only spent for gas on three trips to harbor freight. You’re right, great deal!
I don’t care about HF – can someone tell me about their experience with the “WEN 10-Inch Two-Speed Band Saw with Stand and Worklight?”
My local Woodcraft has the Rikon 10-305 10" band saw for $229, but no stand. Rikon is generally considered the best of the cheap band saws, and often reviews better than brands like JET and Laguna.
Sears sells a re-branded Rikon 10-305 as a Craftsman 10" for $140-175 (Currently $175.) Again, no stand or light.
The Rikon-branded stand is available for around $50 at woodcraft, or even less for a generic stand on Amazon.
This is just not a good deal, even if the quality is on par with the Rikon/Craftsman (which I really doubt, although many of the components are probably made by the same suppliers.)
I’ve found that WEN’s products are basically tarted-up Harbor Freight products. The castings seem to always be the same, but whatever is bolted to the casting is usually slightly better than Harbor Freight. This can sometimes be really good, because the slight increase in quality can make the difference between a poor tool and a great tool. However, this price is poor, unless you live somewhere that having a saw shipped to you is your only option.
I have a 3.5 amp band saw similar to this one and it works perfectly well when cutting soft woods and 1/4" pieces of hardwood. The problem is, I tend to cut 3/4" hardwood a lot and when I do, the motor constantly grinds to a stop. You have to cut VERY slowly and with very gentle curves, otherwise you’ll overtax a motor of this size. If I had to do it over again, I would have spent the extra coin on a 10 amp saw.
Solid comment. Helped me make my decision to pass. Thanks!