Remember when your scroll saw could cut in 2 different directions. Take on the most intricate and artful cuts with the WEN 16 in. Variable Speed 2-Direction Scroll Saw. The 9/16 in. stroke saws through hard woods up to 2 in. T. Adjust the speed anywhere from 550 to 1600 strokes per minute with the simple turn of a knob. The cast iron base prevents vibration and walking during operation while the spacious 16 in. x 10 in. table bevels up to 45 for angled cut. The adjustable air pump clears saw dust from your work area to give you a clear line of vision as you cut. This combined with the 1-1/2 in. dust port keep your work area clean so you can focus on your woodworking. The saw also includes a hold-down foot clamp for securing your project in place along with a flexible work light that bends and adjusts to whatever position your heart desires. This unique blade holder accepts both pinned and pinless blades while also allowing users to change the direction of their cut to accommodate their particular workpiece. for pinned blades, simply pop the pins out of the front holder and turn the blade 90. Now, your cuts are no longer confined by the 16 in. throat of the scroll saw. On top of that, our removable pinless blade holder design tightly grips blades to prevent them from coming loose during operation. Onboard blade and holder storage creates simple organization solutions between jobs.
Unique design accepts blades in 2 directions (standard and 90) to allow for infinite ripping capacity
Variable speed goes from 400 to 1600 strokes per minute
Spacious 16-by-10-inch table bevels up to 45 degrees to the left for angled cuts
Cuts wood up to 2 in. T with a 16 in. throat depth in the standard position
Features a thumb screw blade adapter for tool-free blade changes, a cast iron base, an air pump, a flex light, a dust port, a foot lock clamp, onboard storage, and 3 blades
With a little practice its fairly easy. But I'm still getting a feel for it.
Nov 26, 2020
I have had this Saw for about a week now. Gave it a real test cutting 3/4 inch pine into yard ornaments. It handled the curves very well. Would recommend it to everyone looking for a nice saw to do scrolling.
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Apr 5, 2020
I am now on my 3rd Wen scroll saw... my 1st one was destroyed in wildfire, so when it was time fo...
I am now on my 3rd Wen scroll saw... my 1st one was destroyed in wildfire, so when it was time for me to replace my tools & saws, I compared all my options & primarily due to the price point, I went with a very similar Wen model to the one I already had experience with. My 2nd one, the rear tension knob came completely out during normal use, after only having it a short time & was not repairable, so that one got returned to the store. I am now on #3 and so far, it is functioning well, I can only hope this one holds up better than the previous one.
The good - I have tried other scroll saws, some higher end (belonging to a friend) & others of similar price range from a different mfr, that I was less pleased with. For the price range, this has been one of the better scroll saws as long as it continues to work properly. This is a case where you get what you pay for, if I could afford a higher end scroll saw, I would probably move on to a higher end, but for now, this has been the best bang for my buck & a relatively good beginner scroll saw.
As with most scroll saws, there is still a lot of vibration & you will definitely want the saw mounted in some way... that can present a challenge depending on your working surface. I had my previous Wen saw mounted directly to a wood table that allowed for the application of screws. My current work table is metal & drilling holes for mounting is a challenge. I attempted using a rubber mat to keep it from sliding, however, that did not work. I came up with a solution of using heavy duty velcro type mounting tape & it is working great, no movement now.
I like the light feature that doesn't come with many other scroll saw's, I just wish it was a bit brighter & I have still found need to add additional light if I do not have full daylight to work in.
Blade changes take some practice & experience, but gets easier over time once you figure it out. If you're new to a scroll saw, anticipate some frustration until you get the hang of it.
The bad - other than my 2nd Wen saw coming apart on me after only using a few times, the "air pump" that is supposed to blow away dust as you saw, is a joke! It really doesn't blow anything & was more in the way than anything, so I eventually just removed the rubber attachment that kept getting caught up in my wood pieces, as I continually have to just keep blowing wood dust away myself to see what I'm cutting. The dust port that is intended to connect to a shop vac is directly in front of you & although I have a shop vac, I don't bother to connect it because it would be more in my way & cumbersome. You will get covered in sawdust but that is the nature of woodworking.
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Apr 24, 2019
Excellent scroll saw for the money. Set up was quick & easy. Just make sure the blade is at a tr...
Excellent scroll saw for the money.
Set up was quick & easy. Just make sure the blade is at a true 90° to the table before starting. The bendable air hose is great to keep the sawdust away from the work area. Saw is small enough to be easily portable but I would suggest mounting it to a 3/4" or 1" thick piece of plywood as it does vibrate at high speeds and will move across the table if not attached.
2 people found this helpful
Feb 5, 2019
This scroll saw exceeded my expectations so far. I have cut out various shapes of different sizes...
This scroll saw exceeded my expectations so far. I have cut out various shapes of different sizes for the past couple of weeks with the orignal blade. It is easy to use and was fairly cheap given what it can do. I was able to cut out shapes for the seasonal projects I like to do. This was my first time ever using this type of saw and it was a breeze. I added in some pictures of some of the shapes Ive cut so far!
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Dec 26, 2018
Love this thing. So easy to change blades can be done in seconds. Blower works great. My only com...
Love this thing. So easy to change blades can be done in seconds. Blower works great. My only complaint is light tends to lower on its own from vibration and black plastic table centerpiece is not flush with the surface of the table so pieces may get caught. Had to bend the work rest to make more level but for the price it does the job quite well. I put tape on the bottom of said plastic piece and that seemed to help or a 1/16" shim should do the trick.
2 people found this helpful
Dec 26, 2018
I have been using this scroll saw for about 10 months. It has a good amount of vibration even wh...
I have been using this scroll saw for about 10 months. It has a good amount of vibration even when bolted to a solid surface and will randomly make a higher pitched squeaking noise during operation, despite being well oiled. Replacing pinless blades requires patience and can easily add up to 5 minutes for each time you need to thread the blade into the work piece and then tighten it back into the special blade holders using the tiny Allen wrench. Advertising this product as "no tool blade change" only refers to when using pinned blades. The light broke during the tenth month; the bulb became so loose within the socket that it just stopped functioning and there is no way to tighten it. Overall, I think this product is okay; it's nothing special. I was a beginner when I bought this, but quickly got into cutting more advanced designs which makes the Wen quite annoying to work with. If you're just looking for something to mess around with and create fun little gifts for people, than it's a good way to start, but if you're looking to do any kind of fret work or inside cuts, then you might lose your cool pretty quickly with this tool's design. You can make some pretty cool things, especially with the variety of patterns online, it just takes patience and some frustration. I will definitely be upgrading to a more user friendly scroll saw as soon as my wallet allows. I've included some pictures of what I've been able to do.
11 people found this helpful
Sep 18, 2018
Very pleased with this saw. I bought it to replace an old Delta scroll saw, that broke. I realiz...
Very pleased with this saw. I bought it to replace an old Delta scroll saw, that broke. I realize it’s not as good as a Dewalt, but it’s also $300 less in price. It uses both flat and pinned blades. Works best with pinned blades in my opinion. There is a little difficulty in changing blade positions in intricate scroll projects using flat blades, but for my basic hobby needs this saw is a winner.
4 people found this helpful
Mar 27, 2018
Making a U.S. map from different types of wood for each state. Having the variable speed allows ...
Making a U.S. map from different types of wood for each state. Having the variable speed allows me to make accurate cuts in hardwood and softwood. Good price. Came in the mail quickly.
4 people found this helpful
Mar 1, 2018
This is my first scroll saw. I've had it about two weeks and have done 5 projects with it (4 bowl...
This is my first scroll saw. I've had it about two weeks and have done 5 projects with it (4 bowls and a dog silhouette). It was easy to set up and get going. Also light enough to move around if necessary. My first couple of projects were mostly outside cuts not requiring many blade changes through cut holes. But when I moved to projects that used 1/2-3/4 inch plywood and many blade changes through cut holes with non-pinned blades, it became exceedingly frustrating and time consuming trying to get the blades set. You need very small hands to reach under the table to try to move the blade adapter over the hook and too often it will fall off as I tried to refit the top adapter to the blade. The thicker wood also gave less vertical space for maneuvering the blade and the blower and piece holder got in the way. It would help tremendously if the bottom non-pinned holder had a way to lock it in place or some easier way to hook up the non-pinned blades.
Another problem I had that may be unique to my saw is that the insert is just a small fraction too low and would occasionally catch a piece as it was being moved and the piece had to be lifted slightly to free it. The blower worked well to keep sawdust from the blade while cutting and the light was handy.
For relatively simple projects, the saw is great for the price. But if you want to do a lot of projects that require many blade changes through cut holes with non-pinned blades (like fret work), I would look at other saws. Since this is the only scroll saw I have experience with, I don't know if others are designed for much easier blade changes but reviews suggest some can be much easier. Since non-pinned blades are more common and spiral blades are only non-pinned, it would be nice for Wen to have an alternate product designed from the ground up for non-pinned blades and much easier blade changes (pinned could use an adapter, perhaps).
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