When reviewing tools, I like to think of them in terms of possibilities. Sometimes a tool is simply there to make life a little bit easier: it helps you to perform jobs more quickly and easily and thereby takes away a little stress and brings some more joy to the act of building furniture and other wooden items. But other times, a tool actually increases the number of things you are capable of doing. Sometimes, a tool will present you with exciting new opportunities and allow you to make stunning items that you never could have made before. Perhaps that means you can make something more intricately decorated, or maybe it means you can work with materials that were otherwise off-limits.
And this is the case with the WEN 3962. This is a bandsaw that gives you a decent amount of power and lets you slice through different materials. It comes with its own stand and takes up a lot of space in your workshop, making it a definite ‘presence’. And when you look at it, you just know you’re going to be able to do all kinds of things that you couldn’t before.
But does it really open a world of possibilities? Or is it disappointingly limited?
There is always something nice about getting a tool with its own stand. It makes a big impact to the layout of your workshop and means that you can work with it much more quickly and easily – without having to move all the bits of wood and piles of sawdust out the way first.This is an imposing figure with four legs and a large, powerful looking bandsaw sitting on top. It provides a generous amount of space too, with a 14-1/8 x 12-1/2 inch work table that can bevel to 45 degrees for making bevelled cuts or finding a more comfortable angle. The design is sleek and black and the whole thing has a certain heft that makes it feel good quality as soon as you start using it.This bandsaw takes 72 inch blades and powers them with an impressive 3.5 amp motor. This gives you some real cutting power and is capable of going six inches deep and 9-3/4 inch wide. The two available speeds are 1520 and 2620.
Also in the package are a dust pot, a fence for making straight cuts and a miter gauge.
Pros and Cons
When you read the official description from the manufacturer, the phrase that sticks out is:
“Remember when tools were actually powerful?”
It’s true: you certainly can’t fault this thing in terms of its power and the power-to-cost ratio is very good indeed. If you’ve been looking for something that will make it possible to make precise and detailed cuts through tough materials, then the WEN 3962 might just be the tool you’re looking for.The tool is also well made and the extras are welcome too.On the downside though, this thing can be a real nightmare to adjust. Having read other review, we were ready for this but we still found that it could be very hard to find the perfect angle and making adjustments was tedious. Installing new blades is likewise a fiddle and a struggle.
This is a real shame as the tool is otherwise a fantastic value proposition for someone who yet doesn’t have a bandsaw. The problem is that if you are relatively new to woodwork and DIY, then you are likely to find that this is a bit of a challenge to use and that means we can’t recommend it to absolute beginners. This is a very good bandsaw but only if you’re willing to put in the time and effort.
Overall then, the WEN 3962 is a great bandsaw with spectacular power-to-price ratio. It is well made and has lots of settings and features. The downside is that it can be a fiddle to use and adjust and this can take some of the joy out of using it – not to mention potentially leading to imperfect cuts. If you’re willing to work with it and you’re confident in your ability though, then it is highly recommended.