|Forum topic by Buckethead||posted 268 days ago||630 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
268 days ago
Some of you might have seen me complaining about my cheap (free to me) Ryobi table saw. (BTS20r) As I could not accurately describe the problem, you probably already knew there was likely a software malfunction somewhere in the region of the user interface. Most likely on the user side.
Well… It was really more of a maintenance problem. The direct drive motor is mounted on what they call a locker plate. It rides up and down on this, and uses friction to keep the motor and therefor blade stable. Well, the “wear pads” ........... Wait for it…............ Wore.
This allowed a rocking/pivoting motion of the blade at all times. One look at the spec sheet… Readily available 24/7/365 on the Internet, also told me that there are nylon washers used in conjunction with these (as spacers) mine had no washers. Perhaps, they made thicker wear pads for these, eliminating the need for washers as shims, or the previous owner had done something to the saw but lost them. Not sure.
So off to my local big box manstore to buy 62 cents worth of nylon washers. (I probably overpaid, but a nickel has 6.5 cents worth of metal in it… So value… Well … Is subjective)
It was a bit of a pain to get all the parts back together. Mostly due to my inexperience, but after a minute of growling, I came to my senses and saw an easier way. Let gravity help hold the shims in place.
As I nearly dislocated my collar bone patting myself on the back, I thought to myself; why not tune up the other problems with this saw? Others do it…. Why not me?
So I adjusted the fence locking mechanism, cheap fence still, but. Works far better now, I adjusted the rail with the tape measure to…... Read accurately!!! (Who knew you could do this?)
Yes friends, I have been bragging about how I’m going to buy a new SawStop. I probably still will. There is a feature on that saw which I find priceless. (I’m tearing up as I think about that lovely saw brake)
What I don’t want to do is let ego allow me to think myself above using and caring for the things I already own… Even if they are cheap, and were given to me. Many hours of design and labor (and raw materials, transport, energy, etc…) go into every tool we have. We should honor that by caring for what we have. Was I going to send a working saw to the dump? Give a saw in poor, even dangerous condition to someone else?
I see guys here with ryobi table saws creating fine works… And not complaining about their tools. In fact, carpentry/woodworking is always about utilization.
Thanks for being here guys, and thanks for offering inspiration, even when you don’t realize you are.
-- Hi. My name is bucket head and I'm a recovering framing carpenter.