RIKON 10-305 Review

Wen 3962 vs Rikon 10-305 Bandsaw Review | 5 Main Difference

You can make your own cabinet in office or home, or even design you own cupboard. Band saw cuts woods or even metals in a smooth fashion. They make use of appropriate blades and make the incision. There are a variety of decorative pieces that you can make with the help of these. If you are one of those interested in making amazing woodworks, here are two band saws for you. Just set the proper tension for the blades to work and you can begin your woodwork journey.

WEN 3962 Band Saw Review

WEN 3962 Band Saw Review

Durable:

The stand is 25 inches in length and is really firm. It won’t move an inch while you are invested in cutting veneers. Even the table lock for that matter, does not swivel once it is locked after you adjust the fence to your convenience, it stays there. The bolts below the table are made of steel and not some fancy plastic, so you can be assured of the quality of materials used to build the entire band saw. There are two wheels for the motor and a belt that runs over it. All the materials are wrapped after applying grease on them to prevent corrosion of material.

Dual Speed:

You can operate it at dual speed. You can use it at 1520 feet per minute or a faster speed of 2620 FPM. It actually moves with the belt at two different speeds, it is simple physics like movement of pulleys with the help of a rope. There is a variation in speed because you might have to cut different kinds of woods for different requirements. Some might require a precise cutting or detailed cutting, perhaps that would require a slower speed or when it comes to cutting wood for not very high profile work you can use faster speed as well.

Alignment:

The fence is movable and once you move it and set it at the specific position, you can lock it then and there. The lock is super firm. The table is supported by four bolts below it which in turn support the ruler on the side for the measurements. This helps you make correct cuts. Initially you can the bolts loose while fixing the table, then fix the ruler and then the fence at zero mark. As soon as it is set, you can tighten the bolts and lock it. It is ready to cut.

Accessories:

The Band Saw cost includes some add-ons. There is a fence that gives cleanliness to your cuts. If you choose to makes cuts in an angular fashion, you can make use of the miter gauge, which is movable. Then, there is a LED light which helps you work even at night and you can see your work in detail. You can adjust its position according to your convenience.  There are 3 dust ports in three different sizes, which will help you clear the mess. Along with all this a strong table stand is also included so you can work with stability.

Warranty:

The package comes with a one year warranty. During this time the manufacturer will take responsibility of any product that is defective or is not functioning properly. It will be replaced or fixed by the company. You do not have to pay any extra charges. In case the parts that you have complained for can be put to work with a simple repair then they would not be replaced. All the services would standstill in case you are unable to produce the receipt of the product purchased.

Technical Specifications

  • Item measurements: 20 x 25 x 58 inches
  • Product size: 10 inches
  • Product Weight: 73 pounds
  • Warranty Period: one year
  • Component material: Metal
  • Dual Speed: 1520 or 2620 FPM
  • Stand length: 25 inch
  • Table size: 14 x 12- ½ inches
  • Blade size: 72 inches
  • Wheel size: 10 inches (durable)
  • Motor amperes: 3.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Its stand is of strong built. It is durable.
  • You can easily assemble the parts; it would not take you more than 15 to 20 minutes.
  • It does not produce much sound while cutting.
  • While cutting, when the dust collects in the machine you can easily draw it out through the port present at the back of the machine.
  • All the bolts are built and connected with steel and not plastic so you do not have to doubt the durability.
  • It has a bright LED light which is flexible so that you can see exactly where you are making a cut.
  • It is cheaper than the other model.
Cons
  • It has a miter gauge, which is made of plastic and is loosely fitted that might irritate you.
  • It is really heavy for you to move it or pick it up easily.

RIKON 10-305 Band Saw Review

RIKON 10-305 Review

Warranty:

The product comes with a really long five year warranty. You have all the time in the world to use it, test it and make great woodworks out of it and if during those five years if anything in the machine does not meet your expectations you can either get it replaced or repaired. The manufacturer will get it done for you, you can just sit back and relax. There is no extra money that is going to be charged during that duration. Keep the invoice of the product intact else this advantage would stand void.

Size:

The size here is an advantage, you do not need much space to work with it, nor do you need more space to store it. Even if you place it in your car garage or in your basement, it works. The measurements of the product are 35.5 x 18 x 13 inches. It does not come with a long stand to be placed on, so it can stand on its own, without looking bulky. It works really well for less powerful projects and you can obtain great results.

Alignment:

You can place it on a table. There are bearings on the side and the back for adjustment. They are even present on the bottom to keep the table steady. The fence is movable, however, you can fix it at the table exactly where you need it and use the lock. The bolts are pretty handy, you can tighten them or loosen them up when you want to cut at a different angle. You do not get a miter gauge along with the band saw but if you want you can make it on your own or even order it separately.

Accessories:

The table is made of cast iron and can be used straight or can be tilted right up to 45 degrees to cut the wood at an angle. There is a tension knob to set the tension in the wheel along which the belt runs. There are bolts to keep the table firm which you can mark a position with the help of a ruler. There is a fence to help you place things at correct place and so you can make exact cuts needed. Apart from these, there is a dust port which keeps the table clean and removes the dust created.

Maintenance:

If you love working with the equipment then you should make sure that it is kept clean and in a ready to use state. That is highly possible. The dust motor does the work of keeping it clean, while you ensure that you do not overload it. There is also a brush attached to the wheel which cleans it frequently. If you think that you are not going to use it for a couple of days you can lubricate and keep it. Else if you are going out on a vacation and would not be available for a longer duration then you can even use grease to prevent its parts from rusting, so that when you can back, you can simply wipe it off and start your work.

Technical Specifications

  • Item measurements: 35.5 x 18 x 13 inches
  • Product size: 10 inches
  • Product Weight: 76 pounds
  • Warranty Period: 5 year
  • Power: 0.33 HP
  • Voltage: 115 voltz
  • Table size: 13-3/4 inch by 12-1/2 inch
  • Fence length: 2 inch
  • Motor amperes: 3.5
  • Blade velocity: 2780 feet per minute
  • Blade size: 70-1/2 inches

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • There is a brush on the side of the wheel to keep it clean, every time you cut.
  • Works well for smaller projects.
  • It fits in a limited space and you can store it easily.
Cons
  • It is expensive as compared to the previous model.
  • It does not have miter gauge as an inclusive accessory for cutting at angles and neither a stand.
  • It has just one dust port to clean the dust collected.
  • It runs on a single speed.
  • The blade that comes in the package is not of very good quality so you might have to buy it separately.
  • It does not work great with hardwood.
  • It is not that silent with the work.

Conclusion

Now, you have had an idea of both the types of band saw. The WEN 3962 model comes with a lot more accessories than Rikon-305. Also, it has a stronger built and there is no question about the durability. If you look from a cost perspective then too it will cost you less. However, the Rikon model works absolutely great for smaller projects and for people having woodwork as their hobby. It fits into a smaller space and you need less room to store it. It comes with a longer warranty period that is five years unlike the previous model which comes only with a one year warranty period. Both the machines have their own benefits, it depends on what requirements you have.

FAQs

Q: The blade is not functioning properly. What should be done?
A: Either you are not using the right blade or the tension is not correct. If it is kept too tight, the blade will certainly break or if it is kept too loose, it might fall off.

Q: What is the manufacturing area for WEN 3962?
A: It is actually on the island Gleff on the North West coast of Mauritius. Common people do not have access there.

Q: I am interested in cross-cutting the old woodworks that I already have at home, which band saw should I go for?
A: You could buy both. Wen-3962 comes with a miter gauge to cut at angles or you can tilt the table at 45 degrees, this particular feature is possible even for Rikon 10-305.

Q: Which blades are good to use?
A: It depends, if you are using them to cut hardwood then go for Hook tooth blades, while if you are using softwood then go for skip tooth blades.

Q: Is it just limited to cutting squares and rectangles?
A: No, you can also make circles but in that case you would require an auxiliary table.

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