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Forum topic by namrufmot posted 01-28-2016 10:58 PM 544 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2016 10:58 PM

I’m sick and tired of sanding things by hand and using my orbital sander….but my budget wont allow me to buy expensive cabinet-making quality sanders.

I see that Wen makes both a belt and orbital drum sander….with pretty favorable reviews online. Are they TOTAL junk or would they be fine for the guy who wants to use them only a handful of times a year to make bird houses, Adirondack chairs, etc….


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#1 posted 01-29-2016 02:02 AM

Wen used to be equated with “junk”...can’t speak for them now but probably the same tool you’ll get from Harbor Freight under a different name. Works for a lot of people. There are a lot of quality sanders out there that are not that expensive and will last for years. What exactly are you looking for?

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#2 posted 01-29-2016 02:21 AM

Look into card scrapers. I rarely sand.

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#3 posted 01-29-2016 02:30 AM

I’ve torn apart a few older Wen products and they were homeowner grade at best, which is to say not very good. I can’t attest to what kind of quality they offer now, but I’d be willing to bet they would still leave a little to be desired. If you have the opportunity to buy from a supplier that you could return it to if it didn’t meet your expectations, go for it, maybe you could post a review.

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#4 posted 01-29-2016 02:38 AM

Hit Harbor Freight, they have a sale coming up, like all the time. LOL. For the occasional use such tools will suffice and get the job done. Several tools I use only on a rare moment are from them and they have lasted a long time and given me back more than I invested. If you decide later you want to upgrade you will have experience on what you do and do not like.

OR, look around at some pawn shops, I see deals all the time for a brand name used but still in decent condition.

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#5 posted 01-29-2016 02:00 PM

I purchased a WEN 12 1/2 inch thickness planer a few months ago. The grainte platin was nice, but the pivot point of the infeed and outfeed tables were a good 1/4 inch above the table, no may to adjust. Sent it beck, and for the same price i got a Delta. Much better, and lighter too!

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#6 posted 01-29-2016 02:04 PM

The funniest thing about WEN is how utterly ridiculous that bumbling buffoon in their product videos is! Guy just doesnt seem qualified to review any tools….you can find them on Amazon.com in the pictures of Wen products. Here’s the funniest one. look at the guy’s collar in the begining….almost fell out of my chair laughing…

http://www.amazon.com/WEN-3962-Two-Speed-Stand-Worklight/dp/B016VD8GAA/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454076094&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=wen+bandsaaw

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#7 posted 01-29-2016 03:52 PM

My experience with WEN tools is that they are very low end tools

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#8 posted 01-29-2016 05:50 PM

What are my other choices for drum sanders and belt sanders? I don’t have enough room or cash for ones on stands that cost $1000…in my price range and size it looks it its wen, harbor freight, or shopfox…

Craigslist has been a waste in the two months I’ve been hunting

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#9 posted 01-29-2016 08:33 PM



What are my other choices for drum sanders and belt sanders? I don t have enough room or cash for ones on stands that cost $1000…in my price range and size it looks it its wen, harbor freight, or shopfox…

Craigslist has been a waste in the two months I ve been hunting

- namrufmot

Out ofthose three, Shop Fox all the way if its in your budget.

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#10 posted 01-30-2016 05:03 AM

What size are you looking for?

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