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Wen 3959 2.5-Amp 9-Inch Benchtop Band Saw Review

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Wen 3959 Band Saw

Wen 3959 2.5-Amp 9-Inch Benchtop Band Saw

4.15

Features

4.5/5

Quality

3.5/5

Warranty

3.5/5

Price

5.0/5

Pros

  • Extremely affordable for a band saw
  • Very quiet for a power tool
  • Accurate cuts with the correct calibration
  • One of the safest power tools

Cons

  • Stock blade needs to be replaced
  • Fence does not clamp at true 90 degrees without using a square
  • 2.5 amp motor (1/3 hp) not the most powerful
  • Some play in the miter gauge slot

A band saw can add a new dimension of possibilities to your woodworking, including curved cuts, band saw boxes, and small detailed cuts. Is the Wen 3959 band saw worth it? For a hobbyist, I say yes!

Features/Specs

From Amazon:

  • 2.5 amp motor rotates the blade up to 2500 feet per minute
  • Create cuts up to 3-1/2 inches deep and 9 inches wide
  • Uses 59-1/2 inch blades anywhere from 1/8 to 3/8 inches in size
  • Spacious 12-1/4 x 11-7/8 inch work table bevels up to 45 degrees
  • Includes a 1/4-inch-wide blade, a 2-1/2 inch dust port, a rip fence, a miter gauge and a two-year warranty

My Experience

I love the Wen 3959 for the price. I’ve used it to make knife handles, band saw boxes, thin pieces for coasters, rip cuts, cross-cuts, and plenty of other things. The only dimensions you’re limited by are the ~3.5″ cut height and 9″ cut width. It comes with a fence, miter gauge, tilting table, and 2.5″ dust port that fits a standard Ridgid shop vacuum perfectly.

One of the reasons I like this saw so much is that it’s one of the safest power tools in the shop. That’s because the blade is always running downwards into the table — there’s no risk for kickback, and the worst that can happen (aside from you cutting off a finger due to bad hand placement) is that the saw binds up under heavy load. I had a blade snap once and it was startling, but the blade just fell to the side and didn’t attack me.

It is also one of the quietest tools in the shop. Here’s a decibel test showing it hovering around 78 db:

Gripes

The fence does not lock at a perfect 90 degrees consistently, so you’ll need to use a square when you set it to make sure it’s parallel with the blade. There is also some play in the miter gauge slot so the miter gauge tilts slightly. The motor is 2.5 amps or 1/3 hp, which is not super powerful, so a finer-tooth blade may bind up in thicker and harder pieces. The stock blade is also not good and will likely leave tool marks in your piece. I upgraded to a 14-tooth 3/8″ wide Olson blade and it made all the difference. These things can be expected at this price point.

This saw is built mostly for the price point with some sacrifice of quality. It’s best for light- to medium-duty hobby-grade tasks where precision is not make-or-break for your project. However, with some practice and getting to know the machine, you can compensate for these factors and get the cut you want most of the time.

Does Ted Approve?

Yes

Overall, with proper setup (I recommend this method) and a new blade (I recommend these blades), you can get great cuts with the Wen 3959 at a fraction of the price of most other band saws.

Where To Buy

Other Options

  • There are some other 9″ band saws, but in this price range (~$140), I don’t expect them to be significantly higher quality. And if you’re willing to pay more than this for a band saw, I recommend stepping up to the next size (10″). You’ll thank me later.
  • More capacity: The Wen 3962T 10″ band saw features a freestanding design, increased cut capacity, an extra amp of power, and a work light at around $330. I have been thinking of selling my 3959 and upgrading to this one.
  • More capacity and higher precision: The Rikon 10-305 10″ band saw looks solid and gets great reviews, around $430.

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