July 14, 2021

How to Use Ryobi Table Saw

The Ryobi table saw is a small, inexpensive saw with a relatively small table, but it can produce beautiful crosscuts with little effort. The Ryobi table saw is not the most potent table saw on the market, but that is not an issue for most users. It is relatively easy to operate. Here are some tips on how to use a Ryobi table saw.

Where to set the Ryobi Table Saw Blade

Pull the contents out of the box and be careful of the blade since it is not covered. A blade is a sharp object that will harm you if not careful. The legs of the quick stand are not tapped in or held in place. 

Be careful so that you will not drop them on your toes or helper. Get your table saw upside down so that the parts will not fall all over the place. The bevel lock has to be unlocked and as you get to the motor, stay away from the blade. 

Tip the motor carefully and take a piece of stop packing Styrofoam out of the saw motor, and set it aside. Tilt the saw motor back and flip the bevel lock into place. Make sure you have all the parts from the package, and these include the manual, yellow power switch key, fence, two wrenches, blade guard, anti-kickback pause, miter gauge, push stick, Allen wrench, parts of the quick stand, and bevel knob tools. 

Before the assembly, you need tools to complete the job. These are rafter square, Allen wrench, a socket wrench with an eight-millimeter socket, two screwdrivers, Phillips point combination square, and standard square. Leave the table saw unplugged as you install the parts. 

Put on safety wear and follow the safety rules. Flip the panel over and lock down the latch and fit it into the slot. That is how you install the right-hand extension panel. Install the stop for the fence control mechanism, and the table saw is still upside down using a Phillips screw. Knobs have to be to the unlocked position on the four corners. 

Turn the table saw upside down and take the assembled legs and pop them into place, and lock. Do the same on the opposite side. Installing the cross members requires the long rod to the top and the short one at the bottom. 

As you install the bevel control knob, the washer goes outside of the dial using your screwdriver. The knob should spin and not wobble. Deploy the blade as you crank it. Release the Belleville control lock and lock it in place. Align the fence gauge. 

The wrench removes and replaces the blade.

Stand on the operator’s side of the machine and collect the wrenches that came inside the package. Place a saw wrench on the arbor nut and the other one on the blade locking pin. Unplug the table saw and remove the blade guard. 

Pull the wrench forward as you start loosening the nut. The blade locking pin holds the blade in place. Release the tension on the blade arm as you push the lock on the blade arm. As the arm moves upward, release the blade arm. 

The manual that comes with the table saw guides you to loosen the screws and bolts. Remove the old blade as you follow the instructions. Push the spindle lock button until it locks the spindle in place. 

If you are having difficulties, use a 10mm wrench to turn the spindle. After removing the bolts, use machine oil on the inner bolt washer. Do not take out the washer. Install the new blade in the correct direction. 

The rotation arrows of the blade have to spin in the correct direction. Tighten the bolts and screws using a screwdriver or Allen key wrench. You are allowed to adjust the saw blade following the instructions in the manual. 

How to operate the Ryobi table saw

Set up the table saw and make adjustments that suit the project you are conducting. The table saw is used for rip and crosscuts. Rip cuts require a cutting operation that is along the length of the workpiece. That is in parallel with the grain. 

Crosscuts are cuts that run against the grain. You will be following the width of the piece using miter gauges. The miter table and fence ease the project and support wider material. Lock the saw fence at your desired angle and secure the material against the miter fence. 

Keep your hands away from the blade. Plugin the saw as you insert the switch key. The switch key is yellow. Once you insert the key, you are good to start cutting. If you want to set the bevel cut, unlock the bevel locking lever. Adjust the bevel angle to your setting and lock the lever set to the correct blade depth

How to ensure a good cut

Adjust the blade height to match the material you are cutting. Use the safest blade height for better performance. Follow the instructions on the manual and keep the board from pinching the blade. Keep the boards right to the fence. 

Keep the edge of the board in contact with the fence. Get a good grip from the handle and maintain a comfortable position. Set and put a feed table that supports long rips. Fasten curved boards so that they do not move while making your cuts. 

Purchasing a Ryobi table saw

The Ryobi table saw is on Amazon, eBay, and Takealot. It comes in different sizes, styles, and types that you choose from. Your budget tells you the range you should be looking into. There are factors to consider when buying the table saw. 

The projects you will be working on have their needs that have to be complemented by the table saw. Take a look at the price, gauge steel support, the power switch mechanism, power, portability, clarity in assembly instructions, and insert availability. You might not have all these features in one model, and you have to prioritize your needs.

Why you should get a Ryobi table saw

A Ryobi table saw is lightweight, durable, and easy to use. The 15Amp motor generates up to 5000rpm, and that results in powerful cutting. The table length supports large ripping operations, and the adjustable miter saw accommodates accurate cross-cutting. 

It is easy to transport due to the foldable wheels. The built-in table supports long materials. The push stick storage onboard makes the fence accessible. 

How to make a table saw cut

Get a proper alignment of the blade for your projects. Collect scrap wood for testing. Different saw blades are for different cuts, and each blade has its specific cutting technique. Rip cuts are cut along the grain and crosscuts against the grain. A bevel cut requires an adjustment of the depth of the base plate. Angle cuts need the sliding of the base of the saw.

How to make a table saw cut diagonally.

 Layout the cut on the finished part using a pencil and a straight edge. Draw a line that represents both sides of the slot. Attach a guide board to the blank. To make a guide board, use a scrap of plywood that covers the discard. 

It is to be long enough to extend some inches beyond both ends of the blank. Align the guide board with the kerf line. Tack it to the discard with pins from the air nailer. Set the fence by flipping the boards over end-to-end. The guide board width sets the table saw fence position. Cut the part as the finished part drops to the table. 

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