There are several tools that every woodworker or DIYer should have in their collection. Most will want a router for instance, you’ll probably have a jigsaw and you’ll likely find that a bandsaw comes in handy occasionally too. But then there are those other tools that perform specific jobs. These are a little more exciting in some ways because they provide you with something unique and they help to make your workshop stand out from the crowd.
The WEN 3975 is just such a novel example of a tool. This is a benchtop bandsaw, meaning that it holds a saw taught between two wheels and that it can be used to make detailed cuts. What is a little different though is that it is aimed at cutting metal and is only 5”. If you’re someone who cuts a lot of metal then, you might well find that this is a useful tool to add to your collection. But is it well made? Who is it for? What are the specifications like? We’ve reviewed the product so that you can decide if it might be right for you…
The WEN 3975 doesn’t look a whole lot like a traditional bandsaw. It has a much more horizontal design and looks a bit more like a pivoting orange ring attached to a black metal base. It’s well made though and the orange and black colorscheme (typical of WEN) gives it a nice, professional finish.
The WEN 3975 looks different because it is different. The smaller wheels are useful here because cutting through sheet metal of course requires slower cutting speeds. But the WEN 3975 gives you plenty of option so you can rest assured that you’ll be just fine cutting through woods and other materials as well. Specifically, the WEN 3975 can cut at anything from 125 to 260 feet per minute. That adjustability is very important here, because it gives you the option to tailor the speed for the precise metal that you are going to be cutting.
The pivoting nature of the main body of the unit is also important as it allows for bevelling meaning that you can make a range of angled cuts. This lets you cut anywhere from 0 to 60 degrees. The WEN 3975 can be used to cut pipes up to 5” in diameter or can cut rectangular materials as large as 5 x 4-7/8. That is surprisingly thick for a 5” bandsaw and especially when you consider that this device is so compact for easy storage. Numbers can only tell you so much though. What’s more useful is to know what a device actually feels like to use. And in that regard, we are happy to say that during our review we found it very easy to cut through brass, aluminium, copper, steel and a range of other metals. The light weight and portability is a really nice additional benefit and the 4.5amp motor is more powerful than you probably expect it to.
There’s also a two year warranty and a lot of very positive reviews from other users.
Pros and Cons
There is very little bad to say about this bandsaw. The only downside is that this is not going to replace your tabletop bandsaw or even a regular handheld. Rather, this is a specific tool for a specific job and as long as you are aiming to cut through metal, you are going to find that this is an excellent addition to your repertoire.
The positives then are that this device cuts so easily through metal, that it is so portable and that it is so well-made and comes with the guarantee from WEN. It’s a great addition to your workshop.
To conclude, the WEN 3975 is perfect for anyone who needs to cut through metal regularly. It’s a bit of a niche product but if you happen to need that niche, then you’re going to be very happy with this excellent tool. We can highly recommend this tool and think it will come in handy in many different scenarios.
So, will you be adding this to your own workshop? Let us know in the comments below and feel free to let us know if we missed anything!