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Surprisingly good....but not so the included stand.
Spotted this saw/stand combination on a recent Bunnings visit. Whilst I had been looking for a sliding mitre saw, was cautious about tools that “looked” good bit did not have the quality required for longevity or to accurately produce a quality article. After having taught woodwork for some forty years, I had used a wide range of quality branded professional trade tools and wasn’t sure how a Ryobi tool (targeted at the home handyman) may measure up. However, after giving it a good look over and feel, thought it was worth a try as the price was ...good ($349), the castings and general structure felt solid and the warranty was for four years replacement. Worth a go I thought. APPEARANCE Coloured in the typical Ryobi bright yellow/green, the saw looks the part (an assembled one in store was what caught my eye initially). Saw and stand came in two separate boxes, were well packaged and easy to assemble. Parts felt much the equal of the “trade brands” with the exception of some minor adjustment knobs which seemed to be a slightly cheaper plastic. Total unit weighs around 20kg (saw and stand). Saw is attached to stand with quick release grips which do a good job of securing it while still allowing it to be quickly removed for bench work or just to allow easy storage with the folding stand. Stand will extend out to be around 2m end to end. FUNCTIONALITY Operation of the saw slides was good with no perceptible slop or twisting in the mechanism. Surprisingly, the saw itself had a good feel, also with no slop in the arbor and the power trigger feet sturdy in its operation. Grip was comfortable and safety release fell well to hand (not quite so if you are left handed however). In fact, I really couldn’t fault the saw at all in comparison to the other “trade brands” I have used. It has plenty of power and I was surprised to find the included blade appeared to be of reasonable quality as well (not to say I wouldn’t change it in the future nor how well it might hold up under extended use). Also surprising was the saw was spot on in alignment straight out of the box. Perfect 90 degrees while angles were also perfectly aligned with the scale. Could not fault the flatness and accuracy of the mitred and bevelled cuts (up to 45 degrees in both directions for each). Both aligned perfectly with the marked scale. There is a laser guide to assist in positioning the timber correctly in relation to the blade and this can be separately switched on or off as needed. Thankfully, this is powered by the mains power rather than the battery powered laser units I have come across. Saw guard is well positioned and smoothly moves out of the way when you use the saw while still maintaining a safe level of coverage for the operator. Saw is a 2000w with a 254mm 48T blade with 30mm arbor. Dust extraction is supplied as a bag but you could add a vacuum hose. Average at performing dust extraction but I have yet to come across a mitre saw that does do it well. Not an issue for me as I use it outdoors only.
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