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How To Stop A Ryobi 10” TSS103T Sliding Miter Saw Hold Down From Slipping

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Blog entry by James E McIntyre posted 10-19-2020 01:12 AM 984 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought this inexpensive Ryoni 10” sliding miter saw and the hold down rods slip out of their holes while tightening them and are useless.

I searched the internet for a solution but couldn’t find one so I came up with this.

I center punched the rear of the casting where the holes for the hold down rods were.


I drilled a pilot then a 13/64” hole and threaded them with a 1/4-20 Tap

Two thumb screws one on each side of the saw were screwed into the hold down holes to prevent it from slipping.
You can also use knobs with 1/4-20 threads.

It works good but I still have to hold down the top where the lever connects to the rod while tightening it.

Like this.
But once it’s tightened it doesn’t slip like before.
Maybe I can roughen up the rod more to add more friction.

I hope this helps others with this problem.

Thanks for visiting.

-- James E McIntyre



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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-19-2020 01:30 PM

Good solution, James. Send that to Ryobi or better yet, put it on a you tube review video. If Ryobi sees it they may send you something better for you to remove it. I did that with my Nova Galaxi lathe where the touch switches got dust in them and would not stop or start before hitting them at 20 times. the sent me a whole new front housing with all the switches in it and I removed the video!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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James E McIntyre

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#2 posted 10-19-2020 09:55 PM

Thanks Jim.
I bought this about a year ago at HD for about $175. I use it to rough cut lumber.
Never posted a video on YouTube.

If I had a quality tool like your Nova Lathe I would consider it.
I don’t know if Ryobi fixed this problem yet but they sure didn’t test the hold down before distributing them.
The post on this hold down is a slippery as a fish.

-- James E McIntyre

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len75

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#3 posted 04-06-2021 10:33 PM

Hi,
I had the same problem with the useless and totally unsafe hold down system. I battled with Ryobi support for over a month before they said they did not see the problem (?) and finally refused to help in any way. I eventually did the same as you, drilled and tapped holes and installed screws with handles! That works. I noticed SOME of the Ryobi miter saws have the hold down with small screws and small (green) handles installed, BUT many saws from Ryobi do NOT! Ryobi seems to have sacrificed safety trying to save a few pennies on many saws. This is absolutely unacceptable! I am still amazed that Home Depot would put pennies before safety.

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James E McIntyre

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#4 posted 04-11-2021 04:54 PM



Hi,
I had the same problem with the useless and totally unsafe hold down system. I battled with Ryobi support for over a month before they said they did not see the problem (?) and finally refused to help in any way. I eventually did the same as you, drilled and tapped holes and installed screws with handles! That works. I noticed SOME of the Ryobi miter saws have the hold down with small screws and small (green) handles installed, BUT many saws from Ryobi do NOT! Ryobi seems to have sacrificed safety trying to save a few pennies on many saws. This is absolutely unacceptable! I am still amazed that Home Depot would put pennies before safety.

- len75

Thanks for your valued input Lin.

I also replaced my thumb screws with 1/4-20 knobs.

-- James E McIntyre

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