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MarkSr

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05-22-2013 10:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

Hi Guys,

Need some help with the value and performance of s Ryobi Table Saw model BTS15. I have not seen it yet, it is little over 1 yr old, and in excellent shape.

My Craftsman is so old and I can not get a lot of parts for it. The price of the Ryobi is $95.00.

What do you think??? I know $100 doesn’t seem like a lot of money but living on a low fixed income to me right now it’s worth checking out.

Only have a Ryobi planer 10” which I can’t get blades for it anymore and they say I can’t get my blades sharpened because they are too thin. I checked with a professional blade sharping shop.

Anybody out there have one of these saws and what is your opinion of the performance of it???

Thinking of buying need some input.

Thanks
Mark

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")


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patron

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#1 posted 05-22-2013 10:37 PM

can’t be any worse than the one you have now
at that price sounds good

maybe go check it first if possible
or at least get a picture

here are blades for the AP 10 planer

http://www.amazon.com/Freud-C600-10-Inch-Replacement-Planer/dp/B00004RK7E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369261688&sr=8-1&keywords=ryobi+ap10+blades

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 05-22-2013 10:43 PM

Typically I steer clear of anything from Ryobi or Craftsman. I have learned from past experience it is better to buy a quality tool that works.

Good luck with the search.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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MarkSr

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 10:45 PM

Thanks patron, for the information for the AP 10 blades. I am going to order them tonight. Also I am going to look at the table saw tomorrow, it’ a bit of a distance from me but for the price I think I have to check it out.

I was hoping someone here has one of these Ryobi BTS15’s, to get user’s opinion.

Thanks again for those blades, really need them.

Mark

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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MarkSr

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#4 posted 05-22-2013 10:51 PM

Pintodeluxe, your right, but, one can only get the tools one can afford or miss out on a lot of fun, trying to save enough money for the good stuff. Someday, MAYBE, I could afford the quality tools, for now, I would like to enjoy woodworking the best I can.

Thanks for the reply
Mark

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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#5 posted 05-22-2013 10:52 PM

I had a BTS 10S, BTS15 and a BTS20. I belive the BTS15 was $149 brand new, it was vastly underpowered with a universal motor, the fence sucked so bad I used a piece of angle iron and 2 spring clamps as a fence.
Other problems was not enough space between the edge and the blade so starting long pieces of lumber was an adventure, the miter gauge was loose enough that it took two pieces of medical adhesive tape on each side to help the slop.

Other than that it was a good saw.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a BT3100 now that I have grown to enjoy, but it’s a whole different animal than the smaller ones.

Edit MarkSr…. if you were closer I would make you a good deal on my BT3100 with all the bells and whistles for only $60 more than the BTS15.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 05-22-2013 10:53 PM

mucho gusto mark

i have the ryobi 3000 TS
so can’t help much there
it works as a decent jobsite tool

i learned years ago to quit worrying about fancy tools
and just buy what i can afford and need
when the time comes (or one breaks down)

and learn it’s foibles and how to use it the best i can

with jigs and gizmos you can certainly do quite a bit

best of luck with this

if you are like me (low income)
sometimes i eat feathers to buy tools

but when they improve things
i can splurge on a chicken

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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GenerationWW

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#7 posted 05-22-2013 10:54 PM

My experience with Ryobi is poor life span and performance. But if you’re in a pinch, having it is better than having nothing at all.

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toolie

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#8 posted 05-22-2013 10:55 PM

IMHO, hold out for a 113 series c-man. they can usually be had for between $50 and $150 on CL. 10”, CI , belt drive and a not too well respected fence. but i’d still rather have that than a plastic, right tilt ryobi, even for $95. just my $.02.

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

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Buckethead

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#9 posted 05-22-2013 11:11 PM

I had a pretty nice Dewalt contractor TS. It crapped out. Brushes melted part of the housing. I got a ryobi with wheeled stand gifted to me. I gave the Dewalt away. I regret it. I should have repaired the dewalt.

The ryobi is garbage. The motor works fine, but for some reason the motor does not stay in a fixed position. I looked at it for a few minutes when I noticed it, but haven’t spent any more time than that on it. I don’t really need a TS for the job I’m doing now which will last about six months…. Except….......... tomorrow I need to build an MDF/laminate bio waste cabinet for a doctors office (little side job). So I got caught napping. Need new TS.

Want saw stop. Don’t have 2500 expendable now…. I guess I’ll get the rigid.

I can use the ryobi, but I feel like it is unsafe, and inaccurate. I can work with it, and I have. I have no idea whether this is a common problem, but I just don’t trust the brand. I wish I didn’t sound like such a downer, because it may be a fine saw you’re looking at, but that has been my experience.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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MarkSr

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#10 posted 05-22-2013 11:13 PM

Patron, you hit the nail dead on, 15 yrs ago I would be looking at a new Jet or equal. Now I have to try buying blades for my 15 yr old tool.

time is not always a good thing, at least in my case.

Thanks Patron, and everyone else.

I’ll keep using my CM 113 with my 2 – 6” clamps holding my fence. I have been using them for 2 yrs. now and I probably wouldn’t know how to use a good fence anymore.

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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#11 posted 05-22-2013 11:17 PM

OK, I’ll step up in defense of Ryobi.
They are not what I would call boutique tools and they are not even the high end of most categories.
But, I have had a few Ryobi tools that were not that bad.
They are almost always the low end of the price range and at least mediocre in quality.
I call that a better than average value.

In terms of the table saw, that sounds a little high for that saw. Your experience may certainly be different form mine, but I see pretty good deals on jobsite saws in Craig’s List around my area (Tennessee) and usually for $50 to $75. If I was going to spend over a hundred, including driving and all, I’d just go for a new saw with a warranty.

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

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MarkSr

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#12 posted 05-22-2013 11:31 PM

Thanks Crank49, your right.

I’m trying to see what Dallas has to say about his BT3100.

Crank, I have had a Ryobi Surface Planer 10” for a long time, it is a very good machine, only problem I have had is my blades need sharpening and they are too thin. However Patron took care of that for me and I am ordering new one tonight.

Machines are just that, MACHINES, they work or they don’t. You either fix them or get a new one, at my stage in life I have to fix them or get a USED one.

Thanks for your reply
Mark

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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bondogaposis

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#13 posted 05-22-2013 11:59 PM

I think that the older 113 series Craftsman saws are far superior to anything Ryobi has come up with. You can still get replacement knives for a Ryobi AP 10 planers on ebay.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#14 posted 05-23-2013 01:39 AM

You should be able to get into a better saw than that for $100. I see saws like these pretty regularly near us for ~$100. The fence on the old CMan saws isn’t very good, but it’s no worse than what’s on a portable Ryobi, and it can be upgraded at a later date.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#15 posted 05-23-2013 01:48 AM

A hundred dollar table saw is better than no table saw. Most contractor saws have universal motors so that shouldn’t be a concern. I would only ask why you need it – for ripping? Because that’s about all a small saw like that will do. You could also do that with a straight edge, some clamps and a circular saw. Maybe you should hang on to your money until you can afford a better table saw. Or buy a used saw like the previous poster suggests.

And as to the Ryobi blades – what do they mean by ‘too thin?’ Do they mean they have been sharpened too many times and you should buy new blades?

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