Table Saw Anti-kickback Pawls

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Blog entry by Derec posted 02-02-2013 09:56 PM 2800 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a question/ issue with the anti-kickback pawls on my Ryobi table saw.

When I was cutting some thin strips of wood to make the bird house with my son, the pawls would grab the wood and dig in, preventing me from advancing the wood and ruin the cut. Is there something I am doing wrong, or a way I can prevent this from happening?

When I am cutting, I try to advance at a smooth even pace. For narrow cuts I use a push stick, which is what I was using when this happened.

I am just trying to figure why this is happening, because it is not the first time.


-- Derec

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 10:14 PM

I am not familiar with this saw, but might they have been installed in reverse

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 02-02-2013 10:16 PM

The Gripper would be a nice addition for narrow ripping…my concern is was it kicking back and the prawls were in fact helping you?...was the stock you were ripping twisted, warped, or wet, full of tension? was the cut trying to close? With your son ripping Glad to see you left the safety stuff on…real smart of you! Kick back is scary I been cutting for 50+ years and I am still really careful on a table saw…sorry to preach…just looking out for a fellow woodworker
Check out woodwhisper he has a good video of push sticks I think?

-- Cosmicturner

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#3 posted 02-03-2013 12:19 AM


I agree with you Cosmic, I was very nervous about letting my son use the table saw. But I showed him how, and made sure that none of the cuts he made were ones where his hands would even come close to the blade.

As far as kickback is concerned, I don’t believe it was. I was not finished with the cut when the pawl grabbed and stopped me from pushing the wood through.


-- Derec

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#4 posted 02-03-2013 01:20 AM

Had a buddy that had a simular problem, only happened with thin pieces going through the blade, like ripping a 1/4” piece of stock.
He and I did a bit of head scratching, and then loosened up the mounting screws, and slid a piece through with the saw off and unplugged, of course, and re tightened the mounting screws. ... Been working fine ever since.
The owners manual said nothing about adjustments on the pawls that we could find.
And please think about Norm’s comment, some times the easiest things …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 02-03-2013 02:32 AM

Believe me, if I am doing something wrong, please tell me. I am still pretty green when it comes to woodworking, and if I am doing something wrong or unsafe please tell me so I may learn and keep all my digits (and my son’s) attached.

And honestly, I didn’t think about loosening the screws on the pawls, I couldn’t figure why it was doing it and I just thought it was something I was doing wrong.

-- Derec

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