How To Change A Ryobi Table Saw Blade? – Complete Guide

The Ryobi table saw blade is a specific version of a table saw used to cut wood and other thin materials, for example, metal. The Ryobi table saw blade has been manufactured by the Ryobi company since 1989 so they have been in production for over 27 years.

In quick way, to change the blade on a Ryobi table saw, Unplug the saw and remove the blade guard. Then loosen the arbor bolt and washer. Next, remove the old blade and install the new blade. Finally, re-tighten the arbor bolt and washer, and replace the blade guard.

In order to replace the Ryobi table saw blade it is important to understand how to change a Ryobi table saw blade? correctly because misalignment can happen which could result in injury or even death. Keep reading!

Replaceable Parts Needed

  • Arbor nut 
  • Screwdriver 
  • Wrench
  • Pin
  • Ryobi table saw blade 
  • HEPA vacuum cleaner attachment
  • Gloves 
  • Waste receptacle 
  • Safety glasses 
  • Protective eyewear 
  • Adjustable crescent wrench (optional). 

How to Change a Ryobi Table Saw Blade

Ryobi is a popular table saw brand. The Ryobi saws are well-built and powerful enough for most projects, but they have one flaw: the blade that comes with it isn’t very good.

Fortunately, changing the blade on a Ryobi table saw only takes 10 minutes. Read more here How to change blade on table saw without wrench.

Step 1: Unplug the Table Saw

When you change a table saw blade, you’ll be in close contact with the teeth. You certainly don’t want to get in that situation when it’s plugged in.

Simply unplug your saw. If your model doesn’t have an on/off switch, just remove the power cord from the power supply.

Step 2: Adjust the Table Saw’s Fence

To change the blade, you’ll have to slide the rail that holds the fence from out from under the saw. You can do so by unlocking it and sliding it away from the blade, but first, check your owner’s manual for specific instructions on how to do this with your model.

Once the fence is clear of the blade, you can slide it away from the saw a little bit to give yourself some room to work with.

Step 3: Loosen the Blade Screws

The blade on your Ryobi table saw should be held in place by two screws on either side of it. Using your screwdriver, remove the screws and set them to the side.

Step 4: Remove the Blade

Once you’ve removed your blade screws, slip your blade lift (or pin) into the hole that’s now exposed at the top of the table saw. Then simply turn it counterclockwise (to your right) until it releases from the arbor, and then remove it.

Step 5: Replace the Blade

Slip your new blade into place on the table saw’s arbor (the shaft that spins the blade), and turn it clockwise (to your left) until you can’t turn it anymore.

If you want, you can now line up the holes in your new blade with those of your blade lift pin, and insert your bolts again. Then simply turn the blade by hand until it’s tight. Read more here How to change craftsman table saw blade.

Step 6: Adjust the Table Saw’s Fence

If you had to move your fence out of the way in Step 2, now is the time to slide it back into place under your table saw. Slide it as close to your saw blade as you can without touching it, then lock it in place.

Step 7: Tighten the Blade Screws

Line up your blade screw holes with those on your table saw, and use your screwdriver to tighten them until their snug.

Once again, check your owner’s manual for specific instructions on how tight to make these screws, because different Ryobi models may require different amounts of torque.

Step 8: Plugin Your Saw

Once you’ve tightened your blade screws, plug in your table saw and switch it back on. Then use it to check that the new blade is spinning correctly. Once you’re done, unplug your table saw again. Now you can cut lumber to your heart’s desire!

Considerations for changing a Ryobi table saw blade

There are many different types of Ryobi table saw blades, each suited to different tasks. The largest decision is whether you want to replace your old Ryobi table saw blade with the same type of blade it originally had or upgrade to a higher-performing version. Read more here How to change blade on ridgid table saw.

There are also certain safety concerns when working with wood, especially if you are not familiar with the tools involved.

Always make sure that the power source is disconnected from your machine before you work on it because there may be some residual current still running through the device which can cause injury otherwise.

Other adjustments that may need to be made after changing the Ryobi table saw blade include adjusting the depth of cut and changing the angle of attack. Your Ryobi table saw may even need to be recalibrated after replacing a blade.

Tips For Keeping Your Table Saw In Good Condition

  • Keep your saw clean – it should be cleaned before and after every project, you complete with it. Wear a mask when you sand or cut, and make sure to wipe off sawdust as it accumulates on the table using a damp cloth.
  • Don’t cut wet wood – if your lumber is moist, let it dry out for a few weeks to prevent it from warping or splitting.
  • Store your saw safely – when you’re not using your table saw, make sure to keep it in a dry place where children and pets can’t reach it.
  • Use a push stick – to reduce the chance of kickback and injury, make sure to use a specialized push stick when you’re working with your table saw.
  • Shut off the saw before adjusting it – if your fence is misaligned, fix it using only the screws that hold it in place (never by loosening or tightening the blade itself). If these screws are loose, however, tighten them before you plug the table saw in.
  • Always use sharp blades – a dull blade can break, which can lead to serious injury for you and damage to your table saw. Make sure to check your owner’s manual for instructions on changing or replacing your blade when it’s dull.
  • Wear safety goggles – when you’re working with your table saw, make sure to wear protective eyewear to shield yourself from flying wood chips and debris.
  • Use a push stick – if you don’t want to take the risk of kickback while using your table saw, you should use a specialized push stick to guide your lumber through the saw.
  • Don’t overreach – to prevent injury and damage to your table saw, make sure you stand far enough away from it while it’s running that you don’t risk knocking into the blade or otherwise injuring yourself.
  • Keep children and pets away – if you don’t want little ones or your furry friends to injure themselves or cause damage to your table saw, keep them as far away from it as possible.
  • Clean up after yourself – after you’ve finished working with your table saw, be sure to clean up all sawdust and debris that’s accumulated on its surface using a damp cloth and dry thoroughly before putting it away.

Advantages

  1. Very small investment
  2. Perfect for homeowners who want to do some occasional DIY projects
  3. A table saw is the safest way to cut lumber since you can clamp your wood and keep your hands safely away from the blade at all times.

Disadvantages

  1. Very limited to DIY projects, not industrial ones. For example, if you want to build a house, I recommend using industrial table saws for this task rather than Ryobi ones.

Final Thoughts

Make sure that the power cord of the machine is disconnected at all times during this operation because there may be some residual current still running through it which can cause injury otherwise. Be careful not to touch the blade or any of its components after it has been removed from your machine during its operation or while you are cleaning up because these parts will be sharp and can cause injury. 

FAQs

How do you remove the blade from a Ryobi portable table saw?

To remove the blade from a Ryobi portable table saw, follow these steps:

  • Unplug the saw from the power source.
  • Raise the blade to its highest position.
  • Use a wrench to loosen the blade nut, located at the center of the blade.
  • Remove the blade and washer from the arbor.
  • Clean the arbor shaft with a cloth to remove any sawdust or debris.
  • Reassemble the blade and washer onto the arbor, and tighten the blade nut securely.
  • Plug the saw back in, and lower the blade to its original position.

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