In one of our posts, we compared the WEN 3962 with the 3952. Our recommendation? Get the WEN 3962.
Here, we’re going to make another comparison report involving the 3962. This time, we pit it against the Rikon 10-306. Both brands are popular among consumers, but which one has better features? Read along to find out.
Comparison Chart: WEN 3962 vs Rikon 10-306
Let’s start with this chart.
|Model||Check Price » WEN 3962||Check Price » Rikon 10-306|
|Amperage||3.5 Amp||5.5 Amp|
|Blade Speed||1520 / 2620 FPM||1515 / 3280 FPM|
|Throat||9-3/4 inches||9-5/8 inches|
|Cutting Depth||6 inches||5 inches|
|Work Table Dimensions||14-1/8 x 12-1/2 inches||13-3/4 x 12-1/2 inches|
|Net Weight||73.5 lbs.||77.5 lbs.|
|Work Table Bevel||0 to 45°||-5 to 45°|
|Blade Width||1/8 to 3/8 inches||1/8 to 1/2 inches|
|3-in-1 Dust Port||✅||❌|
Here, we list down these band saws’ main differences.
Amperage and Blade Speed
The Rikon 10-306 wins in these areas. It has better amperage rating, and it has a better blade speed overall. Higher amperage means its motor is more effective in cooling down, so it provides a longer run time. The higher blade speed means it gets the job down quicker than the WEN 3962.
With the WEN 3962, you can make deeper cuts. It has a maximum cutting depth of 6 inches. In comparison, the Rikon has a 5-inch max cutting depth.
The WEN 3962 weighs less than the Rikon. The difference is 4 lbs.
Work Table Bevel
The Rikon has the advantage. It can tilt from -5 degrees up to 45 degrees. The WEN starts at 0 degrees.
The Rikon 10-306 blade width range is slightly better, which is from 1/8 to 1/2 inches.
The WEN 3962 has a built-in worklight. The Rikon does not.
While both units come with a dust port, the WEN 3962’s 3-in-1 dust port feature gives it a great advantage. It can fit a variety of hose sizes.
The WEN 3962 comes with a stand. The Rikon has a stand, but you need to make a separate purchase if you want / need one.
Our Final Word: WEN 3962 vs Rikon 10-306
Which of these band saws should you get?
Given their price points, the WEN 3962 is better. The Rikon has a better amp rating and a better blade width range, but WEN’s other features trump these numbers.