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02-04-2016 06:44 PM

I’m thinking of buying a WEN 10” bandsaw which has nothing but good reviews everywhere I search. I want to know your opinions of this saw if you own one. I’m NOT looking into buying anything more expensive than that because it it absolutely not necessary now and I barely use a bandsaw but would like to learn more. The only thing that I’m confused about is the horsepower which is at .33. What is a .33 horsepower? Is it more than 1/2 horsepower? Is that a good motor for a machine of that size? I’ve seen videos also on its performance and it does pretty well.
Thanks in advance.

-- Jose


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#1 posted 02-04-2016 06:49 PM

.33 is smaller than .5

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#2 posted 02-04-2016 06:51 PM


I m thinking of buying a WEN 10” bandsaw which has nothing but good reviews everywhere I search. I want to know your opinions of this saw if you own one. I m NOT looking into buying anything more expensive than that because it it absolutely not necessary now and I barely use a bandsaw but would like to learn more. The only thing that I m confused about is the horsepower which is at .33. What is a .33 horsepower? Is it more than 1/2 horsepower? Is that a good motor for a machine of that size? I ve seen videos also on its performance and it does pretty well.
Thanks in advance.

- Jose


That would make it 1/3 of a horsepower. Less than half. You might have a little harder time cutting thicker harder stock, but it’s a good start.

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#3 posted 02-04-2016 07:19 PM

Save your money. You will NOT be happy with a crappy band saw.
Bill

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#4 posted 02-04-2016 07:23 PM

Bill, could you be more elaborate? Did you own one? What was the problem? Why was it crappy?

-- Jose

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#5 posted 02-04-2016 07:28 PM

$256 plus tax at Sears for that is too much. You can find an 80’s Craftsman 12 inch for a lot less that will do more work for you.

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#6 posted 02-04-2016 07:30 PM

Other than motor and paint job, that one is practically identical to the Steel City 50110, which had a 1/2hp motor.

Haven’t used them much, but we sold the Steel City ones until they went out of business last year. They are light duty saws that are OK for cutting smaller and thinner stock, but even the 1/2HP ones we sold were underpowered for serious work. I can’t imagine what the 1/3HP ones are like. The other issues were poor alignment of the blade guidepost and very light construction. It’s just not built to stand up to much.

You don’t mention what you want to do with it, so maybe it fits what you want. If you plan to do much band sawing at all, you’d be better off spending a little bit more and getting a decent 14in saw, IMHO.

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#7 posted 02-04-2016 07:38 PM

Thanks guys. I’m on a budget so I really can’t spend over $300 on a bandsaw. Plus the space I have is very limited too. And I wouldn’t be using the saw that much either. I guess I’ll stick to my jigsaw :)

-- Jose

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#8 posted 02-04-2016 07:53 PM

Jose, my wife bought a ryobi 10 inch band saw for her craft making. I must say i wasn’t expecting much from a cheap small band saw but i was surprised. I use it a lot to cut smaller pieces and it cuts very well. side note, most of the 10 inch band saws are made by the same manufacturer in china. good luck

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#9 posted 02-04-2016 07:58 PM

Jose, look for a used saw. With a $300 budget, you can very likely find a decent 14” saw on Craigslist.

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#10 posted 02-04-2016 07:59 PM

I think you’ll like this Rikon better, it gets lots of good reviews, and fits your budget.

http://www.amazon.com/Rikon-10-305-Bandsaw-Fence-10-Inch/dp/B0032YZB2S

But, you can look on Craigslist, or even use the new apps like OfferUp to find a good 12 inch or 14 inch saw for cheap.

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#11 posted 02-04-2016 08:05 PM

Shampeon, I looked at used ones in Craigslist but the good ones are pricey.

-- Jose

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#12 posted 02-04-2016 08:06 PM

Just the video alone that’s on amazon about the WEN bandsaw would make me think twice about buying it:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016VD8GAA/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1944687742&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0032YZB2S&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0PPKMC34EQV950RYVR9H

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#13 posted 02-04-2016 08:19 PM

WOW, I guess the ratings from Sears, Home Depot, and Amazon are BS then. Funny thing is, I forgot to mention, I just got the WEN planer a week ago but I have not test it yet. Another tool that has great ratings also and the videos are not disappointing.

-- Jose

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#14 posted 02-04-2016 08:25 PM

There’s this video https://youtu.be/T7kGil0cbBA and this video https://youtu.be/bIzRW4R-fgI

-- Jose

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#15 posted 02-04-2016 08:28 PM


WOW, I guess the ratings from Sears, Home Depot, and Amazon are BS then.

- Jose

No, they aren’t. What you have to remember, however, is that most of reviews are written by people who have never used something better. That’s the case with a lot of power tools, so you have to take the reviews with a grain of salt, sometimes the whole shaker. People who are serious users bypass this level of tool, so never review it.

I’d love to have all those reviewers go use a decently set up, good quality 14 inch band saw and see if they would still have the same rating for the entry level saw.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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