Table Saw Rip fence not squere to the blade

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Forum topic by GFN posted 10-07-2015 02:44 AM 1746 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-07-2015 02:44 AM

Hello Fellow Lumberjocks

I have Ryobi BT2500. Have not yet used it. The rip fence widens 1/16 of an inch (1 mm) on the out feed side of the blade. What can I do to rectify this problem? ( I do not see any sett screws like the ones you find on large and much more expensive table saws.)

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#1 posted 10-07-2015 02:48 AM

1. check the OM.

2. replace with a CI topped, left tilt 10” saw.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#2 posted 10-07-2015 09:45 AM

Take it back and get a better quality saw.

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#3 posted 10-07-2015 10:23 AM

I am in the first camp of getting a better saw.

If you want to polish this one you have to first get the miter slots parallel to the blade. then you can tweak the fence. You have to go in this order if you ever want to use the miter gauge.

This should be able to be done via the (and I am guessing here because I dont have your saw) trunnion which is mounted to the underneath side of the table. The fence should somewhere have some adjustments to tweak it.

Honestly there is nothing in the world like a saw that you can setup and not have to touch again for a long time.

But being in South Africa i know your options are limited.

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#4 posted 10-07-2015 10:47 AM

There should be some bolts there even ones to take it apart u can use those as adjusting screws with those saws u can really only do rough construction like cutting 2×4s stuff like that their not really set up for precision woodworking.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 10-07-2015 02:45 PM

If you plan to be in woodworking for very long, lose the Ryobi TS and upgrade just a bit. If it is already out of whack without having been used, you don’t need it. I can’t recommend something for use in South Africa, cause I don’t know what you have available, but there has got to be something at the same or a slightly higher price point that will serve you better. The Ryobi is a marginal light duty job site saw, but will never meet your expectations for a good shop woodworking saw IMHO, but then again, I could be wrong. If you want to tinker with it, consult the owners manual and online Ryobi resources. You might get it close to your desired tolerances. My frame of reference with Ryobi tools is their planned obsolescence that I experienced with some of the Ryobi tools that I purchased. No parts availability made them just fancy blue boat anchors when they broke…and they will. Good luck, work safely and have fun.

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#6 posted 10-07-2015 04:31 PM

Thank you everyone for your advice. I appreciate it. I took it to a local service centre and they tried to help me as far as they can. As soon as my finances allow a better saw I’ll upgrade. Luckily we have a home centre here that does accurate sawing when I really need it.

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#7 posted 10-07-2015 06:10 PM

If the TS is going to stay for a while and the service center can’t find anyway to correct the fence alignment, you can always add auxiliary fence faces and shim the face to correct that 1/16” gap….just be sure that the face is flat along the entire length.

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#8 posted 10-07-2015 06:35 PM

If you can post some pictures of the fence, we may be able to help.

Word of warning: Do NOT move the fence to the other side of the blade! It’ll pinch the wood between the blade and the best case scenario is that it stalls the motor and trips the breaker. Worst case involves an Emergency Room.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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