Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: West Plains, MO
I do not have a WEN planer, but do have a few WEN power tools - 4" power plane, track saw and 17" drill press.
So far, all have exceeded my expectations and continue to perform well with surprising accuracy.
I have no issues with the company.
I once owned one of their 9 inch benchtop bandsaws and needed to replace the guide bearings.
I ordered the bearings from WEN for around half price compared to my local hardware.
Were the bearings cheap knock-offs? Don't know, don't care, but they continued to perform as long as I owned the saw.
I read reviews a lot as there is good information if you look for it, but often find many of the negative posts are from customers that have their drawers in a wad for unrelated reasons.
Besides, what works for one person, may not for another.
I once bought a DeWalt 734 planer and owned for about 18 months. I could hardly wait to see it go away.
It performed in a way that it was designed, but it did not fit me. Today, I now know..... I have no use for a portable planer.
It is a hit-or-miss, but I still read. It entertains me.
All manufacturers have a bad day from time to time. Some seem to struggle to get it right.
Experience will help guide you through the weeds until you learn your way.
Buy what you can afford (and fits you) and use the heck out of it, until you can afford to do better.
"I swear! I cut it three times and it is still too short!"