|Forum topic by RandyMarine||posted 07-17-2009 06:53 PM||3925 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
07-17-2009 06:53 PM
I have been a member for a short time here and love this site! The insight and information here has been priceless to me, as a neophyte.
I have explained that I own a Ryobi BTS21 table saw. This saw has serverd me well in the remodeling of my house and other construction related projects. However, it falls way short on most of the woodworking projects I have tried to build.
After making a Saddling Tenon jig (thank you so much vegasway) for my Ryobi and making a few test cuts at a shallow depth of 3/8’s every thing looked good. However, I realized this saw did not have the accuracy to cut the presicion I needed for anything deeper, or could accept a large enough dado set (6” is all can take which gives me 1-3/8” max depth of cut) to accomplish a 1.5” tenon. After examining my shallower cuts of 1” depth, I noticed a slight bevel to my cut. After trying to true up my blade, I realized the bevel knob gear were stripped. After prying the blade/motor assembly to 90 degrees true and setting the bevel lock, it stayed true for another couple of cuts and beveled on me again. The bevel lock is not that robust.
I have known for a few months now that this saw was not ideal for what I was tryinig to accomplish. I have done much research into other saws and cost but, due to reasons I wanted to hold off upgrading to a newer,better, and more expensive saw.
Well, after yesterday I had had enough and decided to buy a new saw. After all the reviews I had read on the Ridgid R4511 compared to other saws that were more expensive, I decided this would be the saw for my skill level (beginner) and budget.
During my review reading, I noticed jocks talking about tune ups and modifications to thier table saws. Some of these are obvious, but because I have never owned a saw like this, I would appreciate any input and advice on all the tricks I could use to bring this saw to its peek.
I got a few from Purplev in his review, but I want to make sure I got all the information right and in order. You know Marine proof!
Thank you all for reading and look forward to all the info and advice.
-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.