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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-23-2009, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
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Default WOOT WOOT !!!! Got my new saw today !! ( pictures up )

Hey hey guys and dolls I picked up an oldie but a goodie Ryobi BT 3000 today for $120. Sold the old saw Friday night and put the loot towards the Ryobi. It looks brand spanking new ! Every attachment you can buy for it save for the miter slot table, extension table, and long miter fence. It came to me with extra mounting plates for the accessory table ( For router and jig saw ), Throat plates for the router table, casters on the deluxe model iron stand, magnetic push stick, Router fence, sliding miter table. I even have the original receipt, all the manuals AND the VHS demo tape that came with the saw new.

Just an entire but load of extras. All I need to do is buy a dust bag basically ( because I will never have the room for the wide table extension LOL ! I'll snap a pic tomorrow for you. I really like this saw guys. Its fairly powerful, accurate ass all get out, isn't noisy at all, and it feels like a heavy cabinet saw when using it. I'll be making my own version of the miter slot tables I think.

Needless to say we happy !

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Congratulations Duane, I've never used one, but I know that saw has a huge following of fans. Have fun with it.


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What! no pictures of the new arrival!! we are happy for you, but disapointe not to see it!!

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Gett'n ready to go make some saw dust right now.
Pics tonight of my new stubby finger or of what ever I make on the saw.
Which ever comes 1st. LOL !
With pics of the saw...
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I have always heard many great things about that saw. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures and seeing your pictures.
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check out bt3central- make sure you learn how to adjust the sliding table and you'll love the saw. Also, put a shelf in the bottom of the stand, and set a bag of sand on it for some extra mass when feeding sheet stock.

I loved my bt3000 when I had it all those years ago!

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I have a bt3000, and i don't think you will ever be sorry! I love mine, and you have all the extras. About the only thing that you don't want to do, is be rough on it. It is a very accurate saw,once set, and the directsions will help you there. Enjoy. By the way, The sliding miter table works like the big boys, It is very accurate Haave had mine for 9 yrs, and have readjusted the table only once. is a perfect 90.

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I had one for many years; it's a good saw. Congratulations.

I recommend not buying the bag but instead get a shop vacuum off of Craigslist if you don't have one already. The saw is designed to have one attached where the bag goes. The ~2.5" hose is a direct-connect and it picks up even better than most TS's with a DC connected.

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Dang it fellas. the saw is in the monster in laws garage and I forgot to take my camera with me this afternoon while I was there. I'll be making more dust tomorrow though ! I'll bring it for sure. I checked the date code and my saw is 17 years old ! 17 years old and the motor is still as strong as it was on day one. I ripped a 2x4 through the length skinny side up today with it, cross cut a 4x4 in one pass with the blade all the way up, practiced mitering with the miter sled, played around with making an acrylic zero clearance throat plate. Bad Idea by the way. Its just not strong enough. Either buy a sears throat plate or make one out on phelonic material, or sheet aluminum or steel. I had read some where last night about how to make one from acrylic and tried it to no avail. You have to rabbit the sides to 1/8" thick when you only have 1/4" thick acrylic to play with in the 1st place. I should have known better LOL !
I also connected the router to the built in router table and played around on it a while tonight. I'll have to get used to not having to go nuts digging out every thing when I want to use it.
Its great, and the best part is I can make a killer little boxed fence for the router and buy some of those square sliding tabs/t-bolts and use them to attach the box fence to the table saw fence. I could even make one side micro adjustable for jointing as well. SOmehting else cool I learner today is that Sears carries a rip fence micro adjuster for on eof there saw that also works on the BT3K for $29.99.

There is a slight tension during raising the blade. I think a shim may have came unseated and slipped down a tad or something. No biggie. Even if it needs replaced its only like $12.00 shipped for a complete set.
One question though for you former and current BT3K owners on here...... Are you able to push the locking lever on your fence all the way down to lock it or are you getting mad friction like I am about half way down and having to stop there ?

Yeah I duct taped the old Rigid shop vac I got for $25 on clearance at HD last year to it while fiddling around on it today. Got some on the drive way but a lot in the can.
It really does have a very good dust collection system on it.

I want to do something like this .....

But I am afraid that it would severely hamper any adjusting that would need done by limiting my reach under the saw cabinet.

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I don't suppose ya feel guilty yet about stealing that setup for $120.
Seriously great find, heck of a lot different saw than my BTS20.
Make your zero clearance insert out of a cheap plastic cutting board. I got a board out of a discount store somewhere for about $3 and big enough to make two inserts. I used the dado insert I had for the pattern and used the router table to shape it and make the rabbets.

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