Ryobi RTS21G review

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Forum topic by Sharpeye posted 03-16-2016 06:05 PM 2267 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2016 06:05 PM

I previously posted how I’m setting up a workshop in a 10×10 room. This is my first power tool purchase. Ok. I know the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” I wanted to see exactly what I would get for $199 + $25 for the extended warranty. I was previously debating between the Dewalt DW745 and the Kobalt KT1015. As I am a manager for The Home Depot, this is not a biased review. I wanted to give the Ryobi a shot first before going with the Kobalt, because I want to be able to support home first. After seeing the Kobalt in person, I wasn’t impressed. It was very wobbly. The Dewalt was just too small. Also, CL has had nothing but junk so I wasn’t going to risk it.

Out of the box it was an easy set up. Had to semi-assemble the stand, but took maybe 5 minutes. Had to do very little to adjust the blade angle.

Installed a Diablo 40 tooth blade.

Used a scrap piece of 2×6 that was 99% square.

First cut was dead on. Can’t see any light coming between the blade and the square.

Made the second cut using the 4” mark on the saw and purposely didn’t check the back. I wanted to see how accurate it locked down. Was off by maybe 1/32”.

Next cut was at 45° using the mitre gauge it came with. Again, the cut was dead on.

Next cut was with the blade at 45°, and once again it was dead on.

Last cut was a thin strip. Both ends were exact.

Overall, after the initial test I think this is going to be a damn good saw for what I need. Saw is a little loud, but I’ll be using it outside so that doesn’t bother me. Once I use it more I’ll be sure to post more on it.

-- If your hands are rough, it means you are doing things right.

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#1 posted 03-17-2016 09:13 PM

That looks identical to a Craftsman that was my first TS. Probably a lot of similar parts. Although I see some differences. If it’s anything like mine though, I would wear hearing protection anyways.

Watch out for how rickety those legs can be. I would definitely put an outfeed table behind it. I’ve been in the precarious position of having it start to tip over while running. Be careful with how large and heavy a board you’re running over it. As well as watch how much force you’re putting on the board to push it through.

Mine had a splitter hanging off the back which was terrible. Looks like they put a riving knife on this one though, so that’s a plus.

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#2 posted 03-17-2016 10:30 PM

Yes. It’s definitely loud, but as long as it cuts well I can live with that.

-- If your hands are rough, it means you are doing things right.

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#3 posted 03-18-2016 01:32 AM

Yes. It s definitely loud, but as long as it cuts well I can live with that.

- Sharpeye

Huh? LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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