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Forum topic by WWilder posted 09-28-2008 03:25 AM 27865 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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WWilder

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09-28-2008 03:25 AM

I recently bought a starter table saw. It is the $100 Ryobi from Home Depot one. I am not sure but i seem to recall somewhere reading that they will not accept dado blades. Does anyone know if it is or is not possible to utilize one on this table saw?

-- my mind is constantly racing..... but it hasnt came in 1st place yet


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Dusty56

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#1 posted 09-28-2008 03:44 AM

Did it come with an owners manual ??? Does Ryobi make an insert for a Dado for this saw ? Google is a wonderful knowledge base that I use often.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 09-28-2008 03:55 AM

It did come with a manual. I read it and it says not to use dado blade :( Really cramps my options for joints now. Ty for the help Dusty

-- my mind is constantly racing..... but it hasnt came in 1st place yet

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tooldad

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#3 posted 09-28-2008 04:12 AM

more than likely, the contractor and/or benchtop saws don’t have the arbor length for a dado. Other saws don’t have the mass to withstand the vibration. Another reason would be the amount of power required to cut that much material at once.

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#4 posted 09-28-2008 04:14 AM

I have that saw, and I’ve done it. That being said, I don’t reecommend it. I used a stack dado and limited my width to what would work with the stock insert.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 09-28-2008 04:15 AM

Do you have a router and a straight edge ? You can make all of your dadoes and rabbets very easily with a router : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 09-28-2008 04:32 AM

what type is it on mine I can add one but there is a 6 inch limit on the size of the blade and you need to buy a dado throat plate. Also you can only go to a certain width. Call Ryobi and they will help you with it. I did and they are very helpful.

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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WWilder

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#7 posted 09-28-2008 04:32 AM

I do have a router but no table. Is it still possible to do without a table? I read an article on subing a dado with 3 blades. Sounds unsafe to me.... I just found this site tonight and i am impressed with the quick assistance and support. I am just starting out with woodworking and i am having a great time. Just finished up a countertop vegetable bin for my mother today.

-- my mind is constantly racing..... but it hasnt came in 1st place yet

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WWilder

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#8 posted 09-28-2008 04:34 AM

it is a Ryobi 10” Table Saw model # BTS10S. Will work for me for now until i get more fundage for better tools

-- my mind is constantly racing..... but it hasnt came in 1st place yet

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#9 posted 09-28-2008 04:44 AM

mine is a bts15 I believe. You can use a router without a table as long as you have a straight edge. Just insert a straight cut bit that fits your dado and adjust depth to the size that you want or need.

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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WWilder

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#10 posted 09-28-2008 04:54 AM

Very cool thanks! I am really liking this site! Awesome tips and alot of advice. Great for us woodcrafters in training…he he. Thanks all for the help. Much appreciated

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#11 posted 09-28-2008 05:21 AM

I have a cheap delta portable saw, which is essentially the same saw. My dad has the Ryobi, which we’ve wore out and replaced with a pricier (and awesome) DeWalt… neither of those can accept a stacked Dado set. The arbor is too small to accept one safely, but you could get away with (dare I say it) a wobble dado.
Then again, you can go the router route, or make your dado or rabbet in multiple passes with a regular saw blade (and a little bit of clean up with a chisel)

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Richforever

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#12 posted 09-28-2008 06:24 AM

I have the same saw, and I’ve opted to do dados with the router. It’s relatively easy to make a jig for cutting dados; however, a router table is a very good investment. Rockler owns Benchdog and is showing a new line of router tables, tops, and kits with a wide price range and lots of new attachments.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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RussellInMaryland

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#13 posted 09-17-2009 12:50 AM

I also have the $100 Ryobi tablesaw from Home Depot. Mine is a BTS10—don’t know if it is the same as your BTS10S. My instructions address using dado blades. I bought a set and installed and used them yesterday with no problem. It worked with the original throat plate but they recommend getting the optional dado throat plate. I plan to make my own.

On a related topic—in general this saw needs a lot of adjusting before getting decent cuts. There appears to be no source for zero clearance plates so you must make them yourself which is a real pain because the throat opening is an odd shape with narrow beveled ledges. I don’t think they had zero clearance plates in mind when they designed this opening. I cut and filed to fit (with beveled edges) a thin piece of plexiglass and then glued on a thicker wood backing for stiffening. I used plexiglass so I could see where I needed to file more. The guide slots appear to be a non-standard size so aftermarket miter gauges and other accessories are not an option. The included miter gauge has an unusable amount of slop so I made a sled. I make my own runners for jigs. The table surface was not flat so had to spend about an hour running a flat file back and forth to make it so. On the other hand I have a very portable saw. I can easily lift it and the stand and carry it around in the garage or put the saw in the trunk of my car.

Since putting on the dado set to make the back ledge for some picture frames I noticed that it is inconvenient to change back and forth with a regular blade to make the cross and miter cuts. I could plan my cuts but I am thinking of getting a better saw table and then I can have one dedicated for dado cuts.

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#14 posted 10-10-2009 03:32 PM

I have to second everything that Russell said.

Mine is/was the BT12S, but … those limitations got to me verrrry quickly. I wound up buying a Bosch 4100, and—so far—am very glad I did. The non-standard miter slot thing was the last straw, for me.

Watch your alignment for all of your cuts. Measure from fence to blade at the front and the back. Don’t count on the fence not to deflect, either.

‘Twas a good saw for the money, but ….

-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 04-08-2010 06:46 AM

I have the same question as the OP but with a different brand saw. I’m thinking of purchasing a Dewalt DW745 because my Home Depot has one of last year’s display models on clearance; almost half price. I have the same issue of wanting to use a dado set, but I don’t think this saw is designed for it. At $400 the saw has too many limitations for me to consider, but at $200 I think I might be able to justify a few work-arounds. Eventually I will get me a 3HP cabinet saw with a cast iron table that would cut anything without a concern, but that’s going to have to wait a year or two. Right now I was wondering if anybody out there has tried a partial set of 6” dado blades on the Dewalt. Maybe limited to 3/8” to 1/2” wide or something.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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