How To Use A Ryobi Table Saw?

How To Use A Ryobi Table Saw

Ryobi is a reputed brand that offers home tools at affordable prices with great quality. Investing in a Ryobi table saw is a wise decision if you are a homeowner or DIYer like me. These table saws are an excellent addition to one’s tool collection but to get the maximum output, it is important to have the operating knowledge. This article has a step-by-step guide on how to operate the table saw safely and efficiently. So let’s dig into the article on how to use the Ryobi table saws. 

How To Use A Ryobi Table Saw?

To use the Ryobi table saws, three main steps shall be followed by the users to get the best experience. These steps will help us in setting, installing, usage, and troubleshooting for most of the Ryobi models. Let’s follow the three steps given to get ahold of this table saw. 

Setting and Installation 

The first and the most important step before setting up the Ryobi table saw is to unplug the unit and detach the switch key. This is very much necessary for the safety of the users. For installing the blade, unlock the riving knife lock and remove the throat plate from the blade. The riving knife shall be raised to the above and then return back to the lock lever. When the lock lever reaches the locked position, we shall reinstall the throat plate that was removed earlier. 

Setting and Installation

To press the anti-kickback pawls, hold the button that is located on the side of them. At this point, the center shall be aligned with the riving knife’s rear hole and the pawls shall be locked tightly at their designated places. The next step is to release the guard lever present at the top of the blade assembly, and then gradually lower the back of it into the rear hole. 

The guard shall be parallel to the table at this point, and if not, it shall be pushed a little. The position of the blade also affects the position of the riving knife. Once the positions of these two are correct, the guard lever shall be locked in the right place. The fitting should be tight and secure before the cutting operations. 


The main purpose of the Ryobi table saw is rip cuts and crosscuts. To get any of these cuts, adjustments shall be made in the cut plug and the yellow switch key is inserted. The rip cuts are basically the cutting operations that are done parallel or with the length of the working piece. Whereas, the cross cuts are the opposite of the rip cuts and work along the width of the material that is being used.


When the yellow key is inserted, turn on the switch of the saw and start the cutting operations. To achieve even bevel cuts, the bevel locking layer must be unlocked. Once unlocked, the bevel angle shall be adjusted at the desired setting. The blade that is being used for the cutting operations shall have the depth for the specific working piece. 

Fence Adjustment

Troubleshooting RIP

The adjustment of the RIP alignment to the blade fence is very much necessary because it can result in uneven or inaccurate cuts. For adjusting purposes, the yellow switch key is removed and the switch is unplugged for safety purposes. The fence locking is supposed to be raised to the unlocked position. A framing square shall be placed beside the blade and then the fence shall be moved up until it reaches the square. 

The dimensions can be checked by using the rip scale and then the fence shall be shifted back. Now to check the other side, turn the square to 180 degrees to note the dimensions of the other side. Both the sides shall have identical dimensions, if not then loosen the two screws present on the fence. Once both sides become equal, tighten the screws so they are secure. Use a scrap piece of wood before you start with the final cutting. 

Fence Adjustment

Troubleshooting Dado Cuts

Two of the models from the Ryobi have dado cuts and use a dado stack blade. This stack is 6 inches in diameter and ½ inches in width to perform the dado-cut operations. A throat plate is also required for this type of cutting and can be ordered through the Ryobi customer service. The installation of this type of blade is the same as it is for all the other blades but the combination of the throat plate and the stack is necessary for these cuts. 

Troubleshooting Binding

When using the Ryobi Table Saw for cutting operations, a binding issue can occur. This is usually the result of misalignment caused by the resistance. When experiencing binding issues or motor bogging, the saw shall be turned off and the cutting operations should be stopped. When unplugged, the alignment shall be adjusted, and then try a cut on the scrap piece as a trial. 


How do I make sure my table saw blade is straight?

The alignment of the table saw blade can be checked by the distance between the two blades. If both the blades are parallel to each other and have equal distance, then the table saw blade is straight.

How do I make my table saw top smooth?

The top of the table saw can be lubricated by using paste wax. This helps the wood pieces in sliding across the table while you cut the pieces of the wood. 

Why does my table saw not cut straight?

There can be a number of reasons if your table saw does not cut straight. The alignment of the blade might be wrong or the fence is not parallel to the saw blade. 


A step to step guide on how to use the Ryobi table saw is discussed in the article above. I hope this article will help you use the table saw and get the maximum output from this unit. It is an easy-to-use and reliable tool that can be added to your collection and enables you to perform all the functions at your home. 

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