Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: anyone else use the $99 ryobi table saw?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Topeka KS
    Posts
    118

    anyone else use the $99 ryobi table saw?

    just curious if anybody else has the $99 ryobi table saw from home depot. ive had mine for awhile now it works ok but i wish i had something bigger and better. only reason i bought it was i needed a TS for a home improvemnt project i was in the middle of and i didnt have any more money for something better at the time

    one thing that bothers me is there doesnt seem to be any blade adjustment option and my blade doesnt appear to be parallel to the miter slot

    guess you cant ask for much at that price!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Posts
    9,076
    Don't have one but, if it got you through your DIY project, it has served you well. With the money you've saved you can feel better about 'moving up' if that is what you want to do.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Topeka KS
    Posts
    118
    yeah it has so far done everything i need it to do, i just have to be extra careful when im crosscuting. most of the time i just use my miter saw to crosscut and use the TS to rip and it works fine. i was hoping maybe somebody else had one and knew a way to adjust the blade trunnion i believe its called

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    30,002
    Mike, I used to have a $99 Delta benchtop TS, but I don't recall what adjustments it had, if any. Have you turned your saw over to see how the motor/blade arbor is mounted to the underside of the table top? I suspect there are several screws holding the whole assembly in place. If you see them, loosen them and I think you'll find you can adjust things. Usually if you loosen all of them but one, you can still get the necessary adjustment.

    If you do adjust things to match the miter slot, don't forget to adjust your fence, too.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Topeka KS
    Posts
    118
    well after almost a month of not being able to work out in the shop i was able to get out there today and mess with the saw. i flipped it over and tried to figure out how to adjust it, the only thing i could see that would make any difference was loosening the 3 bolts that held the motor to the rest of the inner workings. i set the saw on its side and loosened the bolts and then checked the alignment, it was perfect! tightened it all back up and flipped it back over checked everything again, still perfect! was so simple i dont know why i put up with it so long.

    also managed to make zero tolerance insert for it, which was a bit of a pain because of the way the opening is, its rectangular in shape and the blade is offset and about 3/8" from one side so theres very little material on that side for the insert. took about 4 tries to get one that didnt disintergrate when i started up the saw i had a nice piece of oak i was gonna use but it blew up on the first attempt so only thing i had left was some 1/8" hardboard but it works so im ok with it for now. rearranged my saw next to my "work bench" and realized the bench makes a perfect outfeed table so thats a plus as well

    anywho im very happy with the saw right now although i still have my eye on a new delta when the money tree blooms again
    Als ik kan

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    39.92*N x 86.01*W
    Posts
    112
    I have one. WAAYYYY too small, so I built this cabinet for it:



    It's a big help - but still, my next major shop upgrade is a "Real" Table Saw. Either that, or a tank of gas.

    -Kevin in Indy
    "Heroic? He fell off his bloody Aeroplane!"

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Posts
    11,825
    I use an inherited $89.00 Delta table saw. Works fine and is powerful enough for what I have asked of it. Biggest problem it is very light and will slide across the floor in use and/or try to tip. Base isn't really conducive to adding weight. Plus, being light it is handy to move around.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Cedar Park, TX
    Posts
    320
    A fella on another forum (he may visit here, too) had a small bench top table saw. He built a huge cabinet around it and designed and built his own Bessemer Rip Fence clone. It were not a pretty sight, but it got the job done for him till he found his own money tree to buy a bigger saw. While we all dream of that dream shop with the very best of every tool, reality strikes and we deal with what we have.

    But I think that the slimmer ones budget is at the start of this hobby, the better the woodworker he/she will be as they advance. Lots of skills are learned out of necessity for lack of a special tool that one has had to do without that become the foundation for a higher level later on.

    At least that is my hope considering my very humble beginnings in this hobby.
    Jerry

    http://www.sawdustersplace.com

    "If politics wasn't built on careful deception it wouldn't need its own word and techniques. It would just be called honesty, education, and leadership."
    Bob "Phydeaux" Stewart one day on Woodnet

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Topeka KS
    Posts
    118
    here is the zero clearence insert i made for my saw. so far its working great

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	insert.jpg 
Views:	23 
Size:	62.0 KB 
ID:	18643

    jerry, i agree 100% i think some people rely on the newest high dollar gadget to get the job done and forget the basics of the craft. not having the money to go buy that new widgit lets people use their imagination to over come the no money obstacle which brings out their creativity and makes them that much better

    for instance last night i was trying to figure out how to cut a large panel on my saw and since the table is quite small that is a problem and one of the main reasons i want a bigger saw. however i got to thinking and figured out if i used the edge of the table as a guide i could clamp a long straight edge to the panel and use it as a fence in conjunction with the edge of the table and it worked awesome effectively making the rip capacity of the little saw nearly unlimted. i could have went out and bought a $1000 table saw to get more table room but instead i used a free piece of scrap and some thinking
    Als ik kan

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    4,003
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Gager View Post
    here is the zero clearence insert i made for my saw. so far its working great

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	insert.jpg 
Views:	23 
Size:	62.0 KB 
ID:	18643

    jerry, i agree 100% i think some people rely on the newest high dollar gadget to get the job done and forget the basics of the craft. not having the money to go buy that new widgit lets people use their imagination to over come the no money obstacle which brings out their creativity and makes them that much better

    for instance last night i was trying to figure out how to cut a large panel on my saw and since the table is quite small that is a problem and one of the main reasons i want a bigger saw. however i got to thinking and figured out if i used the edge of the table as a guide i could clamp a long straight edge to the panel and use it as a fence in conjunction with the edge of the table and it worked awesome effectively making the rip capacity of the little saw nearly unlimted. i could have went out and bought a $1000 table saw to get more table room but instead i used a free piece of scrap and some thinking
    If I am see what you did in my head right it is extremely dangerous. Not to say I have not done things like that before but one must be extra careful when over coming the lack of gadgets.
    As for the delta saw I would stay far far away from any thing delta makes any more. Trying to keep the price point there product quality has gone in the crapper. Just my 2 cent though.
    I am up to 6 TS 3 makitas 2 delts 1 dewalt. the dewalt will out cut all the rest put together and you can't beat the rack n pinion fence on it. For a bench top saw.
    Last edited by Chuck Thoits; 03-15-2008 at 06:27 PM.

Similar Threads

  1. 10" Ryobi Table saw extention plan?
    By Michael Ward in forum Jigs and Fixtures
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 02-10-2012, 08:25 PM
  2. Ryobi tabletop router table and router combo
    By allen levine in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-05-2010, 02:02 AM
  3. Ryobi router table switch gone bad
    By allen levine in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 06-27-2010, 04:54 AM
  4. Ryobi router table throat plates recalled
    By Jonathan Shively in forum New Tools
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-10-2007, 04:11 AM
  5. My old ryobi table router has bit the dust
    By Jim Hager in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 01-13-2007, 01:01 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •