Ryobi ETS 1825
Tuesday 16 June 2009
Anthony Bailey finds this tablesaw a joy to work with
Ryobi don't stray much into machine territory, preferring to stick with powertools. However this compact site unit looks like a decent piece of kit, question is does it live up to its looks?
The table surface is a textured coated aluminium and seemed pretty flat and reliable. There is a pull out work support at the back of the machine and a pressed steel sliding section to the right hand side which when fully out gives a massive effective surface area for panel cutting.
The body of the table is tough plastic with various moulded details that give it some of its functionality such as the rest for the table fence when not in use and place for a spare blade.
The fence runs the full length of the table, it has an attachable L-shape extrusion which makes planing thin sections easier and Allows rear offset when ripping solid timber to relieve pressure if the timber twists. The fixed scale on the table is set for the fence on its own not with the L-piece added.
The mitre fence is well made, has clear markings and can run in one of two slots on the table. It is fully adjustable and will take an add-on sub fence.
It can be folded down, still attached but the wheels and the uppermost legs make it highly manoeuverable rather like a hand cart.
The motor as is usual on lightweight saws is a direct drive type without a pulley to increase torque at the blade.
The crown guard has an extraction port and usefully has a lift up guard section on the fence side for extra protection.