Ryobi RTS10 Table Saw Review

If you are someone who likes to create outdoor projects or do woodworking, you handle a lot of various tools to do your work.

While there are quite a variety of options, a table saw is one that is deemed necessary for woodworking and other crafts. If you are someone who does a lot of work in these areas, the Ryobi rts10 may just be right for you.

PROS

  • It is easy to use.
  • It is cost-efficient.
  • It is lightweight for a table saw at 50.1 lbs.
  • Works well for beginners or occasional use.
  • Produces quick and straight cuts.
  • Solid construction.

CONS

  • Poor packaging.
  • Non-standard miter grooves.
  • More commonly used for light projects.
  • Some found it to be difficult to set up with vague assembly instruction.

Conclusion of the Ryobi Table Saw

After seeing the reviews and descriptions of the Ryobi table saw, it would seem that this is a great product for those looking to start out in woodworking, or that have occasional projects. It is priced to be very affordable for those not looking to use a table saw consistently. Instructions on the set up seem to be the biggest concern of most buyers, but there are also many youtube videos available for one to look through to help with the assembly of the table saw.

If you are looking for something easy to use on occasion, then the Ryobi table saw would be a great fit for you and is worth checking it out.

The Function of a Table Saw

A table saw is a woodworking tool. It is a table and a circular blade, made with the same pointy edges of a regular saw blade. This tool differs from a regular saw as it is powered by an electric motor, making it easier and more accurate in use. To use a table saw, you line the desired material you want to cut onto the table with where you would like the blade to cut through.

Why would you need a table saw

A table saw is most commonly used in woodworking professions and construction. If you are a builder, you will most likely need a table saw. Table saws are necessary on construction sights as they help to cut materials into their needed size quickly and efficiently. If you have any activity where you are putting something together, and your materials may need to be resized, you should be looking into getting a table saw if you do not already have one.

Most commonly, those who build furniture will use table saws. They are the most efficient way to make a clean and quick cut through the material that you desire to use. When you are working on building a house or an at-home project, again, a table saw is a necessary power tool to help you with your task. A table saw helps you to make long straight cuts through the material in use. Regular saws are much harder to get a straight line from and require much more physical labor and effort in their use.

Another reason as to why you should be using a table saw is safety. A table saw is easier in its use and typically comes with added precautions and safety measures.

Safety While Using a Table Saw

When you are using a table saw, like any power tool, safety should be your first priority. Make sure that you have the proper gear for using power tools. This includes safety glasses or goggles and a dust mask for if your project creates a lot of sawdust.

Some other things to note are that when operating a table saw, you should not be wearing gloves or jewelry. Basically, you will want to avoid anything that can get in the way while working on a table saw.

You will also want to position your body while using the table saw so that it is not in line with the blade. This helps you to avoid any flying bits of material.

Some of what might seem obvious but is worth noting, do not leave the blade until it comes to a complete stop and make sure the blade has stopped turning before you adjust the table or materials.

Safety is important whenever you are using any type of tool.

dwe7491-table-saw

DeWalt DWE7491RS Review

Whether you are a home do-it-yourself person or a working professional, finding a table saw that not only does the job you need to be done at a great price, and handles all of the sizes of wood you plan on putting through it, the search can be fun and informative if you let it.

There are a number of things you have to consider, such as the size and height and how well it stores in the space you have available.

You also want to make sure it can handle the material you are going to use it for. It also must offer the safety features that will assist in your or your employee’s hands from danger when used properly. Looking through a few contractor table saw reviews will assist you in making the final decision.

One of the many contractor table saw units you could look at to satisfy this need might be:

The DEWALT DWE7491RS

This is a 10-inch job site table saw, complete with rolling stand and 32½ inch rip capacity.

The Rack & Pinion fence system is such that fast adjustments can be made, smoothly, and accurately. The relatively large rip capacity can handle many of the larger stocks, such as trim or shelving pieces.

It comes with a 15 Amp motor that rips through hardwoods easily with a 4800 RPM blade.

The stand assembles quickly and is a stable base on which to work and then move to another location.

For cabinet makers or installers, it is designed for ripping filler boards and fine pieces of all types of fibers.

Hardwood floor installers will find it great for all of the many types of wood used in this installation, whether thin pieces of hardwood or wider sheets for the underlayment.

Not only the lengths and the trim but also the edge finishing can be handled easily and positively.

Trim carpenters will find this contractor table saw ready for ripping moldings and the wainscoting that is always a beautiful accent for any fairly formal room. The frames around bookcases and the construction of entertainment centers will be enhanced with this ever-ready tool.

This is not even mentioning the framing lumber that is required for any construction site and many remodeling projects.

As deck builders all know, getting the right tool for ripping deck boards, rail caps, and railing is the ticket they need for creating a great looking outdoor entertainment area.

Remodelers need the ability for the cutting and ripping of sheet material, such as those 4 X 8 pieces that are part and parcel of every remodeling job.

For all serious home woodworkers, material up to three inches thick can be ripped, cut, and trimmed in a way that they may not have thought possible as this tool is very well thought out.

Cross-cutting material used for dados, rabbets, as well as tenons and other fine woodworking tasks can be accomplished with safety and with a positive appreciation of the engineering in a smaller unit that still packs a wallop.

PROS

  1. The 2-1/2-Inch Dust Collection Port is set up to receive a hose from a vacuum system, whether central or portable.
  2. There is patented material support (26-1/4 inch X 22-inch table) that allows for narrower rip cuts for maximum safety and flexibility.
  3. 3-1/8 inch depth of cut at 90 degrees
  4. 2-1/4 inch at 45 degrees
  5. Complete set of Site-Pro Guard components, including a push stick for close work. It also comes with a miter gauge to help you with some of those measurements and alignments.
  6. The large, heavy-duty wheels easily roll over curbs, steps, and other job site obstacles.

CONS

  1. One owner did not care for the instruction manual for the assembly of the stand. He indicated it was not very clear and had two competing illustrations in the two-page booklet.
  2. The 10 inches, 24 TPI blade that comes with this contractor table saw may not be the one you will need for very fine work, but they are not expensive, and most woodworkers have several anyway.
  3. Several reviewers commented on the ‘fake’ hand tools that come with this contractor table saw. All fasteners are metric, so this is something to think about.

Final Words

The best contractor table saw, for you, needs to incorporate all of the features you need and must be able to handle all of the tasks you wish to assign to it.

With owners of the table saw saying things like ‘This saw is a true workhorse’ and ‘A long lumber dream,’ this table saw is manufactured by a leading innovator of industrial power tools, including lasers, generators, grinders, routers, planers, nailers saw blades, and many, many more, all of them designed for efficient, easy use and available internationally.

The best contractor table saw for you could very well be the DEWALT DWE7491RS. Check out this review of the DEWALT DWE7491RS vs. the DEWALT DW745!

Cutting with Scroll Saw Blades

The important thing to remember is that you learn from experience. I started with the scroll saw in order to give my children a saw to cut in wood on. I was tired of hearing the words, “can you cut this for me”?

I have tried to teach them, and so I have taught myself. I will be using the Olson blade number that you would buy them in the store and, at times, describing a general blade. The numbers that you see are Olson numbers. They often have letters with a number like an R or F and others.

These letters indicate reverse teeth or a fretwork blade and even skip tooth blades, not to mention spiral blades. Fretwork blades produce smooth cuts that need no sanding.

Reverse tooth blades need no sanding on the bottom because they do not cause burs on the bottom. Experiment with various blades. I have included some TPI numbers, which means teeth per inch.

I have also used the Universal number, which also means little to me. These numbers do not describe the blade good enough to purchase the correct blade. The Olson numbers are a better standard to buy blades. Ignore all numbers and get to know your Olson number.

  • 415 – a good beginner blade, often with pins. It is not a good blade to do accurate work with. I use it only for the first time on the scroll saw blade. It has small teeth, so there is little danger for the many children I have taught on the scroll saw to get seriously cut. It also breaks more often than other blades, which is okay because it teaches them how to put blades on and off the scroll saw.
  • 420 – This is a common pinned blade we use. It has large teeth. We use this when extremely fine work is not required. The edges are not as smooth as the fretwork blades. The teeth on this blade have a large set (the distance the teeth are bent apart) to them then so it can cut thicker materials without bending or twist (as the fret blades often do). This works great on 2×8 material that I use to make piggy banks.
  • 433 – an excellent blade for fine fretwork. I have used this for cutting paper in stacks of 50 sheets or even cardboard. Smaller blades are available for this purpose as well.
  • 443-(TPI-20, Univ.#2) – This blade is excellent for tight corners in 3/8′ oak and such.
  • 446-(TPI 12.5 Univ.# 5) – This blade is excellent for thicker fretwork. I used this blade almost exclusively.
  • 448(TPI 11.5,Univ.#7),450(TPI 11.5 Univ.#9),453(TPI 9.5, Univ.#12) – Is for thicker material. As the numbers get larger, the blade becomes thicker in width and depth, so tight turning becomes increasingly difficult.
  • 454 – I bought some of these blades, and they were expensive, thinking that they would cut even thicker materials. They did not. They twisted and turned even more than the 453 blades.
  • Spiral blades – There are a number of spiral blades. These blades cut in every direction. Their main purpose is to increase the thickness of the cut. The veining is the term used by many. Think of the veins in a leaf. I would often cut a piece of wood with a 433 blade, which gives me great control over where the blade cuts in the piece of wood. The line that is cut is very, very thin. After the work is done, I found that the line was not visible. I would put in a spiral blade and cut this line again. At that point, the cut line was visible on the other side of the room. You cannot control a spiral blade if the line is not cut first with a regular blade. DO NOT USE A SPIRAL BLADE WITHOUT CUTTING IT WITH A NORMAL BLADE. You will not be able to control its direction. An example of the use of spiral blades can be seen on the home page. The hair lines were cut with a 446 and then increased in size with a spiral blade. Please note that there are different sizes of spiral blades with different thicknesses.

Patterns on the Wood

The most important thing to remember is we cut out patterns. Wood is underneath, but we are really only cutting out patterns.

Whatever pattern we use, we must get it to stick on the wood. I have tried many things; tape, double-sided tape, contact cement, spray contact cement.

All of these don’t work well. The only thing I have found to work well is the Spray mount used by photographers. This is a spray that, after it is applied, the picture can be removed again.

A scroll sawer wants a pattern to remain for a time and then remove the pattern.

The only spray I found to work is made by 3M, which was once called spray mount and now called Super 77 spray adhesive.

Still Cutting Just One at a Time?

Why are you cutting out only one piece of wood at a time? Cut out as many as you can. I can cut out eight pieces of paneling at one time.

Some have used nails, but I like saving money, so I use flat headed screws and screw as much material together that I can and cut. When I am finished, I take the screws out.

Drywall screws work the best. The screws either go through the corners of the wood or through the last piece I am going to cut out. Remember, the screws have to be far enough apart to make sure the wood layers don’t shift.

Put in three screws if you are afraid that it might shift. When I am cutting out the oak picture frames, I put together two layers of 3/8″ oak, and I put two screws through the top layer into the bottom layer.

I put the screws through the piece that the picture will be seen through. When I cut out the 3d lions from cardboard for a children’s group, I put many screws into cardboard stacked eight deep.

Whatever you do, stack the wood as much as you can. It saves you time and energy. Remember that you might have to change the type of blade you use, but that is what experience teaches us.

Use of Wax to Cool Scroll Saw Blades

Burnt wood, melting plastic, dull blades are common problems for the scroll sawer. Wax acts like oil on mechanical parts. It reduces friction and cools the parts.

These problems can be solved by slowing down the speed of the scroll saw, but many only have a single speed saw. These problems can be reduced with the use of wax.

Almost all the wax I have seen used goes on the blade, and it helps little. The most important part of scroll sawing is the pattern.

Think pattern and go to your odds and ends drawer. Find that half-burned candle from that romantic meal you had with your wife or husband.

Mount your pattern on the wood. Light the candle (white candles are best because the wax is more see-through). Then let the wax drop onto the pattern, especially where there are sharp turns to be made.

The higher you hold the candle, the more splatter, and the wax is shallower. Experiment to find what works. I would only make a few holes at a time. If you make the entire pattern, to begin with, the wax will get cloudy because of the accumulation of dust.

When it comes to plastics, some plastics will even melt with wax, and the speed has to be reduced. I have cut plexiglass and plastics stacked up to 1 inch thick. Suppose you find that the wax causes you to lose sight of the pattern, you might want to make wax paper with old candles by melting them and dipping the paper into it.

When you stack plastic or wood, you put this wax paper in between the layers. Wax keeps wood from burning, helps you cut through plastic, and increases the length of time you can use your blade before you sharpen it.

Which Way to Turn Blades

The problem with straight lines is they are difficult to cut straight with the scroll saw, but the other problem is which way you should be cutting out a hole? Should I cut it out clockwise(CW) or counterclockwise(CCW)?

The answer is determined by the blades and how they are made. When the blade is installed properly, teeth down, the saw almost always wants to cut to the right. The reason is that the blades are, I believe, punched out of a piece of metal and therefore are sharper on one side than the other.

The right side is sharper than the left. That means if you cut a hole out of wood CCW, it will be much easier. The other point is that if you need to cut out a small hole, CCW is the way to do it.

Stacking, Multiple Layers, and Turning

When you are stacking to cut out multiple copies, you will find that the hole will be a little smaller at the bottom than at the top of the other way around.

If you try to cut CW, the hole on the bottom will get too big, and the bottom piece or pieces might be of no use. If you cut CCW, the hole will become smaller, and it will be usable.

I have worked with slots and tabs like the four-piece lion stand up on the easy page. What I have discovered is that when I have cut eight of these out at once, the bottom one was unusable.

I changed my technique in that I did not cut around the hole. But I cut into the pattern for the slot. I then pulled the blade out and then cut in on the other side, so both sides of the slot were cut from the same direction.

That meant the slot was then the same size at the top as in the bottom.

Table Saw History 101

Almost all line of work has some sort of main equipment. The painter has his canvass to pain his masterpiece. The field journalist has his trusty pen and pocket notebook to jot down hurried notes.

The surgeon has his scalpel to smoothly perform an operation. Likewise, a woodworking shop would be useless without the woodworker’s centerpiece: the woodworking table saw.

History of Table Saws

Woodworking table saws have been around for more than two centuries. Some historians point to a British sailor named Samuel Miller as the inventor of the table saw in 1777. Some say that Walter Taylor built the table saw to make his primary occupation, cutting wood for shipbuilders, a lot easier back in 1762.

But exactly made the first table saw is yet to be agreed upon. But one thing is for sure: work in almost all woodworking shop centers around the table saw.

The table saw is basically made up of a circular saw blade that is mounted on an arbor and is powered by a motor. The blade juts through the heavy and smooth surface.

The raising and lowering of the blade is controlled by a handle. Modern saws have separate handles for adjusting the angles of the blade and have systems for dust collection.

Yet, the basic simple structure of the table saw remains the same. The simple construction of a saw provides its main attribute: stability while cutting wood.

Having a stable work surface is of prime importance. It helps a woodworker to make precise cuts and avoid mistakes.

But that is not what woodworkers value woodworking table saws for. Woodworking is such a tasking work. Various wood cuts are needed to be done throughout the day. And not only one type of cut will be needed. Throughout the day at a workshop, a woodworker makes infinite types of cuts with different angles.

These saws make woodworkers’ jobs a lot easier because it can be used to make price cuts on almost any possible angle-be it crosscuts, rips, or bevels. Woodworking table saws are also used to square, miter, groove, shape, and join pieces.

No saw can parallel the versatility of woodworking table saws. So, it is not surprising that the woodworking saw has become the standard centerpiece of a workshop.

If you are a woodworking enthusiast who loves to cut wood in your workshop during Saturdays and Sundays, or if you are a professional whose main job involves cutting wood, then you should have a table saw in your workshop.

There are many woodworking table saws on the market. But do not just settle for the first relatively unknown saw that you happen to see on the hardware store. The salesperson may talk a lot of flowery things about the saw, but do not go for it.

You should see to it that your table saw would be of top quality and has a name. You’re your money count by investing in a high-quality saw made by renowned makers like Hitachi, Jet, Ridgid, Makita, Bosch, and Porter-Cable.

Dewalt DW745 10-Inch Compact Job Site Table Saw Review

Here is a Dewalt dw745 review to express my personal take on the product. I am sharing this good news as much as I want to share the fortune it has brought many woodworkers around. Also, this Dewalt table saw has more than to offer than mere luck, it is compact with superb features and functions.

  • Performance
  • Efficacy
  • Capacity
  • Security
  • Portability

Indeed, it is worth it to recognize Dewalt dw745 in a review to merit its innovative highlights. I am not selling the product on this dw745 review though, for I will simply get you acquainted with the fundamentals of a table saw. In effect, Dewalt dw745 highlights will only be fillers on the concepts presented.

Any power tool requires a powerful motor that can keep the blade spinning. It is understood that the motor is responsible for electric current emission sufficient to sustain desirable rotational speed. In turn, it is of strong importance to check on both measures to fairly tell cutting performance of a specific unit. In particular, Dewalt dw745 is powered by a 15-amp motor that generates 3,850rpm perfect in making solid and speedy cuts even in tough woodworks.

Blade is the banner component of every cutting tool. Take note that the wedge is directly responsible in the cutting process being in direct contact on the woodpiece. Primary concern on the cutter is the material and design that determines initial cutting potential.

For instance, the carbide saw blade is renowned for high resistant and high speed cutting that is obviously above par. Good thing this sort of blade is integrated in the dw745 series of Dewalt table saw.

In fact, the package includes 10-inch 24T carbide blade that delivers seamless ripping thoroughly. Not only that, the cutter can tilt up to 45 degrees on either side for bevel cuts. Save up to 52% when you buy the entire package along with the carbide blade at Amazon!

Ripping is the prime specialty of the table saw that is making long cuts on workpieces. This is made possible by the special setting integrated on this tool. The rip fence is one significant component along the ripping process. It guides the material from the start up to the end of the feeding procedure making sure that everything is right on track.

Specifically, Dewalt dw745 has an impressive ripping mechanism characterized by 16-inch right and 12-inch left maximum rip capacity plus 3-1/8-inch (90-degree) and 2-1/4-inch (45-degree) depth capacity.

Table saw ripping is a risky undertaking that exposes the user to danger. Undoubtedly, the entire process is a challenge in terms of caution and precision. The tendency of a kickback at any point is the most dreaded possibility throughout the procedure. This is likely to happen when the material either gets caught on the blade or remains unstable during the feeding process.

Aside from getting an efficient rip fence system and smooth blade mechanism, another integration that can help avert kickback inclination is the splitter. The most common form of splitter is the riving knife placed just behind the blade preventing occurrence of rotated woodpiece. Eliminating the likelihood of a kickback is the Site-Pro Modular Guarding System that utilizes riving knife, pawl, and top guard anti-kickback mechanisms exclusive to Dewalt innovations extended to the dw745 table saw edition.

Consider that ripping just like all other carpentry works comes as an everywhere demand. It is then essential to look into the possibility of getting the task available anytime and anywhere. And, the best way to achieve this is by looking for a portable table saw compact with complete ripping properties. No worries, Dewalt dw745 can lighten up your weighty concern specially built with impressive product highlights chock-a-block in 45lbs lightweight package.

Dewalt DW 745 10-Inch Compact Job Site at Amazon

In terms of competitive offers, nothing beats Amazon in making great online purchase deals. No wonder, you get to enjoy the $370 off the original price upon purchase of Dewalt dw745 at Amazon. However, you can still make price comparisons with offers from other distributors with links accessible at Amazon and Dewalt websites.

Product Package Accessories:

  • Miter Gauge
  • 10-inch 24T carbide saw blade
  • Push stick
  • Blade guard

Yes, you’re in good hands. Sealed with Dewalt quality control clearance, the dw745 table saw model is likewise covered by three-year limited warranty period for utmost customer satisfaction.

Dewalt dw745 though, has a fair share of critiques from customer reviews. One significant issue though, that merits concern is the noise emitted by the motor which can be resolved by getting some ear protector which are readily available in the market at affordable prices. Some other issues regarding the table saw components commonly depict matters that require getting acquainted with the tool design.

Online purchases of the dw745 edition of Dewalt table saw is readily available on virtual stores and distributors with links accessible at Amazon and Dewalt websites. As for the most affordable deal, it is worth availing the product package offered at Amazon.

Makita LS1016L Miter Saw Review

The Makita LS1016L won Top Tool Honors in a comparison of 10″ slide compound miter saws featured in the December 2010 issue of Wood Magazine!

Check out the list of features on this saw to see why Wood thought so much of it and see if you don’t agree that the Makita LS1016L 10-in Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw with Laser is one of the most advanced and best thought out 10″ miter saws on the market.

Not only that, but because of its innovative design, with a unique gear drive system that raises the motor housing well above the normal position, it can do just about anything you’d normally need a 12″ model to do!

All with less weight and a more compact tool.

Features include:

  • Patented 4-Steel Rail Sliding System increases rigidity and 6 linear ball bearings deliver smooth, solid, and adjustment-free very accurate cuts.
  • Increased cutting capacity for up to 6-5/8″ crown molding, nested vertically, 4-3/4″ baseboard (also vertical), and 12″ cross cuts at 90 degrees.
  • Miters 0 – 52 degrees left and 0 – 60 degrees right, with positive stops at 0, 15, 22.5, 31.6, and 45 (left and right).
  • Less weight (52.2 lbs.) and the most compact design in its class for easy job site portability.
  • Powerful 15 AMP direct drive motor requires less maintenance, and delivers 3,200 RPM with soft start for smoother power-ups.
  • Electronic Speed Control maintains constant speed under load for smoother, higher-quality cutting.
  • Innovative 4-3/4″ dual sliding fence system features upper and lower fence adjustments for more precise miter and bevel cuts.
  • Easily accessible dual rear-handle bevel lock  with adjustments from 0 – 45 degrees (left and right), with positive stops at 22.5, 33.9 and 45 (left and right).
  • Large rubberized horizontal D-handle design for better fit and added comfort.
  • Replaceable stainless steel miter scale features easy-to-read markings.
  • Built-in independent laser indicates line-of-cut whether blade is turning or not, with on-off switch and micro-adjustments for precise “left-of-blade” or “right-of-blade” cutting.

One thing Wood Magazine specifically mentioned in favor of this Makita is the fact it was the ONLY one they tested that comes with a blade good enough to keep on the saw. And expect professional quality cuts.  So, no need to spend another $75-125 for a good finish blade.

To watch a video about this saw go to YouTube

This saw rates a solid 5 stars.

Rating: ★★★★★

If you’re considering purchasing a Makita LS1016L we highly recommend going to CPO Makita. This is a web site devoted entirely to Makita tools, so you can rest assured they know them well.