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Hi everybody - I finally picked up a table saw on Craigslist. Neat little saw and should work fine for what I'm looking to do with it. However, the blade is not square to the front of the table. I'd guess its 4 - 5 degrees out of square. I've looked everywhere on the web but keep getting referrred to the owners manual which doesn't even address this. I've studied under the saw and tried to figure it out but to no avail - I'm thinking I may make it worse if I start tinkering too much. I've seen it referred to as blade paralellism and heel. Its a Ryobi BTS15. I've learned a whole heck of a lot from the folks in this forum and I sure am grateful to you... I'm hoping you can help me get this saw in shape.
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Hi Rob,

First off let me say that the saw is dangerous to use if the blade is not in alignment with the fence. You could pinch the board and get serious kickbacks so you must get this adjusted before using this machine. Be sure you are checking the squareness to the fence more than worring about the front of the table itself.

Because this is critical, may I suggest that you contact Ryobi itself for further instruction if it is not in the manual. Each machine is different and the adjustments are normally explained in the manual that comes with it.

Work safe and good luck on finding more information.
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If you go to B3000 forums, there are articals there that deal with the algnment and other problems that can occure Also articals there that you might like to read. By the way, i have had the B300 for 6 years and have had no problems. If yours was wrll taken care of, it should serve you well.BT3Central Main Page

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Don't worry about the blade not being square to the front of the saw. What matters is the blade must be parallel to the miter track, and the fence to the blade. Read this.... Table Saw Basics - Alignment - NewWoodworker.com LLC

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The blade should be parallel to the miter track and both those parallel to the fence. I think you have a typo Axl.
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Well, I couldn't help myself. That blade was going to be right before I was going to get any sleep. Dutch, I had been to the BT3 forum for a couple nights looking for answers and there were some discussions but none real specific. So, I took a little info from a few and went at it - turned out to be a pretty easy fix once I figured out which bolts did what. That is a good site for info on these saws. I couldn't find any sawdust on this thing so I'll make sure it's well taken care of from here on out and it should be around for a while.
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The blade should be parallel to the miter track and both those parallel to the fence. I think you have a typo Axl.
Yep. I fixed it. Thanks.

What I use to check the TS with is a dial indicator attached to a piece of scrap, then I clamp that to the miter gauge. Works great.
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Hi Mike,
That's pretty slick. Maybe someday. I used a square and it's as square as I'm going to get it. The blade was really crooked - I noticed it immediately. But I think that's why the saw was never used and I got it for a song.
Like Bob said though - dangerous. I knew i had to straighten that situation out before I even plugging it in let along making dust. It was cocked so the rear was closer to the fence than the front - That blade was screaming kickback!! Should be good to go for this weekend.
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A good square is all you need to make these checks. If the blade is bent, get a new blade.

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