How To Use Ryobi Table Saw: Set up, Usage and Troubleshooting

Buying a Ryobi table saw is undoubtedly a great investment, especially if you’re looking for something reliable at an affordable price.

Most of the table saws of this brand are easy to use- making it an excellent addition to any tool collection. However, to get the maximum output from this tool,  you should learn how to use it. Moreover, this knowledge will also help you to operate the unit safely and efficiently.

Without further ado let’s start our tutorial on how to use the Ryobi table saw.

This tutorial will cover set up,  usage and troubleshooting for the Ryobi 10- inch RTS10, Ryobi 10- inch RTS21, and Ryobi 10- inch RTS31 table saw system.

This article will help you as a guide to offer clarification to the main features of your unit. Don’t forget to read, understand and follow the operating and safety instructions mentioned in the operator’s manual before start using the tool.

How To Use Ryobi Table Saw 2019

#1 Setting up the Ryobi table saw

Before performing any adjustment or install Ryobi table saw accessories always make sure the unit is unplugged and the switch key has been removed.

How To Install Ryobi Table Saw Blade Guard

Step 1: To install the blade guard first remove the throat plate and unlock the riving knife lock lever.

Step 2: Raise the riving knife to the up position and return the lock lever to the locked position and reinstall the throat plate.

Step 3: For the anti-kickback Paul’s to press and hold the button on the side of Paul’s. Then align the center over the rear hole of the riving knife and release. The Paul’s should then be securely locked into place.

Step 4: Next release the guard lever located on the blade guard assembly. Lower the back of the guard into the center hole of the riving knife. Then push the front of the guard down until it is parallel to the table.

If the blade guard isn’t parallel to the table, the riving knife is not in the up position. After ensuring the riving knife is in the correct position, lock the guard lever into place. Ensure secure fitment before performing a cut.

#2 General Usage Guidelines

A table saw’s primary purpose is for rip cuts and to a lesser extent, for cross cuts. To make adjustments for desired cut plug in the saw, insert yellow switch key.

RIP cuts: Rip cuts are defined as a cutting operation along the length of the workpiece or parallel with the grain of the material.

Cross Cuts: Crosscuts which are cuts against the grain or width of the material are typically performed using miter gauges.

A miter saw is ideal for cross cuts but for smaller jobs, a table saw may be used. The RTS10 and RTS21 table saws come with standard miter gauges that make cross cuts easy to accomplish.

The RTS31 comes equipped with a sliding miter table and miter fence that can make this process even easier and be used to support wider material.

To use the RTS31 sliding miter table saw you first locked the fence at the desired angle and then secure the material against the miter fence making sure to keep your hands away from the path of the blade.

  1. Plug in the saw, insert yellow switch key and proceed to cut.
  2. To set a bevel cut unlock bevel locking lever, adjust bevel angle to the desired setting.
  3. Lock bevel locking lever set correct blade depth for the workpiece.

# 3 Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshooting RIP fence: Ryobi table saw fence adjustment 

On occasion, it may be necessary to adjust the alignment of the RIP fence to the blade. A misaligned fence can result in inaccurate cuts or binding of the materials.

  1. To perform an adjustment first unplug the saw and remove yellow switch key.
  2. Raise the fence locking to the unlocked position.
  3. Take a gframing square. Place it beside the blade. Then move the fence up to the sqaure.
  4. Check the dimension by using rip scale. Then, shift the rip fence back and turn the square 180- degree to check the other side.
  5. If the two dimensions are not the identical, loosen the two screws on the fence.  Align the fence and retighten the screws.
  6. Before making the final cut, make two or more test cuts on scrap wood. If the cuts are not exact, repeat the process.
  • Troubleshooting: Dado cuts

RTS21 and RTS31 table saws will perform non- through cuts such as rabbits and dados. They are designed to accept a dado blade stack that is 6-inch in diameter and up to ½- inch in width. To perform a dado cut a dado throat plate is required.

  • Check the operator’s manual for the accessory part number. You must first order a dado throat plate from Ryobi Customer Service.
  • The installation process for a dado blade stack is the same as the installation of a typical blade. Only you must use a dado throat plate in combination with a dado blade stack.

The Ryobi 10 table saw system isn’t designed to accept a dado blade stack.

  • Troubleshooting: Binding

Binding is usually the result of misalignment. When there is resistance, there is usually an alignment issue.

 If you experience binding, unusual resistance or the motor bogging down during a typical application, stop attempting the cut and turn the saw off.

  1. Unplug the saw and perform the alignment.
  2. Check outlines in your operator’s manual.
  3. Never attempt to achieve a cut when experiencing significant resistance.

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Summing Up

Thank you for reading this informative article on how to use the Ryobi table saw.

Hope, this will be helpful to understand the Ryobi table saws, their set up, usage and troubleshooting.

Also read Ryobi Table Saw Review: Ryobi 10 in. table saw with folding stand RTS11

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