Ryobi BTS21 Upgrades and/or Modifications

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Forum topic by SSotolongo posted 03-26-2019 03:53 PM 239 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-26-2019 03:53 PM

Hello all. First time poster here. Thanks for letting me join. So I inherited a Ryobi BTS21 from a friend who upgraded. I’ve looked around and it’s not the greatest table saw out there, but it was free. It’s in relatively good shape. I squared everything up and it cuts ok. I think I’ve gotten it to where the blade won’t slide from 0 degrees. I’ve also learned the hard way that the fence moves and you have to compensate for the sliding miter table being just slightly higher than the rest of the table when making dado cuts. Still, I’ve done a few things around the house I’ve wanted to do, but didn’t want to invest in a table saw. Generally I would use my miter saw and circular saw with a straight edge when needed. I don’t want to drop a lot of money into it, but I want to learn how use a table saw before buying a better one. Are there any upgrades anyone can recommend? Should I make a permanent base for it for example? I don’t plan on moving it. Thanks.

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#1 posted 03-26-2019 04:13 PM

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Making a permanent base would likely improve stability, but all the other disadvantages of a small direct drive saw of this type are still present. I honestly don’t think it’s really worth the time and money spent on materials to build a substantial base, unless you’re absolutely stuck with this saw for the long run.

If I were in your shoes, I’d either add a $30 Diablo or Irwin Marples blade and be done with it…or would sell it for what I could get, and apply the proceeds towards a better used full size saw with a belt drive induction motor. CL can be a treasure trove of decent $100-$200 contractor saws.

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#2 posted 03-26-2019 09:53 PM

IMHO the best up grade for that saw is to get rid of it and get a real table saw!

-- Heyoka

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#3 posted 03-27-2019 02:17 AM

Thanks for the info guys. As much as I would like to upgrade, we’re going through a bit of a financial pinch, so I need to hold off on upgrading even for used. I won’t waste time or the stuff I have in the garage to fix it up.

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