The Ryobi RTS31 10-inch table saw has undergone significant improvements that have caught our attention. Notably, the addition of a sliding miter table and a redesigned outfeed bracket. Priced at $299, this table saw targets the DIY market and appears to be a capable product.
Enhanced Sawing Abilities
During our extensive use of the Ryobi RTS31, particularly when building a Murphy bed in a pre-1920 historic home, we were thoroughly impressed. The saw’s right-side sawing ability is one of its standout features. With the sliding miter table and outfeed support, we were able to reduce our sample by a substantial 31 inches. Adjusting the fence was a breeze; although it possessed the typical “looseness” common in lower-priced table saws, once locked, it straightened out. We found that our blades aligned correctly without any adjustments. The only hiccup was that the table scale was off by 1/8″, necessitating the use of a tape measure for most cuts.
While the outfeed support on the Ryobi RTS31 10-inch table saw is a fantastic feature, it doesn’t fare well in terms of durability on a job site. It simply doesn’t hold up to impacts or heavier loads of bent metal. This is why we believe it’s an excellent choice for DIY projects but may not be suitable for professional applications. Nonetheless, considering its price point, it remains a remarkable value.
The adjustable spring-loaded feet on the folding stand allow for balanced saw placement on nearly any surface. However, it’s important to note that the fairly steep leg angles can cause bending of the bolts on the adjustable feet over time. Therefore, we recommend using this feature sparingly and not fully extending the legs when unnecessary.
Performance of the Ryobi RTS31 10-Inch Field Table Saw
As mentioned previously, the Ryobi RTS31 10-inch table saw proved to be more than capable of handling various tasks during our construction of a queen-sized Murphy bed in a historical home. The spout provides ample support for sheet goods, while the sliding miter table allows for quick and precise cross-cuts. The fence held up well during rips, and repeated cuts were easily achieved. Adjusting the blade height and bevel was a straightforward process, and the mechanism seems impressively precise. The on/off safety switch is positioned conveniently to prevent accidental shutoff while in use. Additionally, we found the bevel adjustment on the Ryobi RTS31 to be easier compared to the Ryobi RTS30, likely due to its slightly wider arc. Lastly, the storage of most accessories on the tool itself makes it highly convenient for transportation around the job site.
In conclusion, the Ryobi RTS31 10-Inch Table Saw offers impressive features and performance at an affordable price point. While its durability may be better suited for DIY projects rather than professional use, it remains an excellent value for those looking to tackle woodworking tasks with confidence.