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Todd

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10-08-2014 09:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

Just out of curiosity, does anyone know anything about this bandsaw?

http://www.homedepot.com/p/WEN-9-5-Amp-14-in-Band-Saw-3914/205450979

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL


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Chris208

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#1 posted 10-08-2014 10:37 PM

Looks like the Rikon 14” saw.

Very cheap for what it is, or rather, might be.

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MrUnix

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#2 posted 10-08-2014 10:50 PM

WEN used to make pretty nice soldering guns back in the last century :)

No experience with that saw, but it does look like either a re-branded Rikon or a very close knock off.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#3 posted 10-08-2014 11:37 PM

WEN has a history of making tools to hit very
affordable price points. These days the company
appears to be badging a lot of their product line.
It’s still based in the USA and from the look of the
website it appears they’re committed to customer
support, which is certainly a way of competing in
the crowded market.

If you buy from Home Depot they are quite reasonable
about returns and things like that. If the saw is
a lemon I bet they’d give you your money back
rather than insist you deal with the manufacturer,
but that’s just speculation based on dealing with HD.

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dhazelton

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#4 posted 10-08-2014 11:40 PM

Wen was an old brand, like some cheap Sears stuff says Companion which was a 1930s Sears brand, Looks like Craftsman/Rikon?yadda yadda yadda….if the price and convenience of buying H.D. works for you over those other brands go for it.

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#5 posted 10-08-2014 11:43 PM

WEN is based VERY close to where I live in Chicago.

They have been running CL adds daily selling them at whole sale prices, $370 if you pick it up from their distribution warehouse in Elgin, IL.

I’ve been very close to pulling the trigger on one. It would fit in my small shop and can a decent 9” re saw capacity. If I do pull the trigger I’ll let you know what I think of it.

Paul

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Todd

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#6 posted 10-09-2014 04:07 PM

Thanks for the info. Just wondering about the reputation but I’m looking at a Grizzly also.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#7 posted 10-09-2014 04:56 PM

As far as I know, WEN just rebadges other products. I picked up an air filtration system from woot.com from them, and it’s exactly the same thing as the Grizzly equivalent.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#8 posted 10-09-2014 08:59 PM

Rikon for sure. Grizzly has great band saws, check their 14” saw.

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UltramaticOrange

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#9 posted 10-15-2014 06:53 PM



WEN is based VERY close to where I live in Chicago.

They have been running CL adds daily selling them at whole sale prices, $370 if you pick it up from their distribution warehouse in Elgin, IL.

I ve been very close to pulling the trigger on one. It would fit in my small shop and can a decent 9” re saw capacity. If I do pull the trigger I ll let you know what I think of it.

Paul

- Paul

I just ran into one of these ads and being uncertain about the brand, it had me stroking my beard. Price point is certainly attractive.

-- Happiness is measured in grit.

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Surfside

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#10 posted 10-15-2014 09:25 PM

If unsure with the brand, go with other brand of band saw of equal size and price.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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Mark

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#11 posted 10-15-2014 09:32 PM

At 9.5 A 120V I can't see it being 1.5 HP. My Rikon is rated at 14 A 120V for 1.5 hp. Just sayin.

-- Mark

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UltramaticOrange

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#12 posted 10-16-2014 10:16 PM


At 9.5 A 120V I can t see it being 1.5 HP. My Rikon is rated at 14 A 120V for 1.5 hp. Just sayin.

- Mark

Horsepower = torque * RPMs / 5252
How many RPMs is the motor on your Rikon? We can collectively dust off our algebra books and see what’s up. I bet your motor spins at a significantly different speed than the one on the WEN, hence the higher amperage requirement.

-- Happiness is measured in grit.

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cpd011

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#13 posted 10-16-2014 10:40 PM

I have the craftsman version of this saw, without the fancy stand. I am more than pleased with mine. I just put a woodslicer 1/2 blade on it and was resawing 8” ash and mahogany. It handled it like a champ. The only knock against it, and I don’t know if it’s true for all bandsaws, is that I had to adjust my guide bearings when the guide arm was raised all the way up versus when it is down closer to the table. The guide arm seems to move 1/16 of an inch closer to the blade when it is lowered all the way. It’s got a great big table, is smooth and quiet. I picked mine up for about 300 I think, but mine didn’t come with a fence or an enclosed stand.

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