Piece of rubbish - regret purchase
I bought this unit about ten years ago, did a few cuts and it has remained sitting in the garage for ten years, unused. Now I am getting back into some woodworking projects I went to cut some timber only to find this thing is not accurate - you cannot cut a 90 degree line - it's out by half a degree or so, enough to leave gaps in your joints. Very disappointed as this was not a cheap saw, it cost $460 back in 2010. It's also out on the vertical plane as well, just by a fraction, but enough to leave your cuts visibly slanted in two directions!
We brought this machine as we thought it was good quality, for the money we don't have floating around. We need to replace the saw blade but we cannot undo the bolt, we utubed to see of other ways to undo it even in the useless manual. We have tried to buy a replaceable bolt and cut the old 1 off but you can't buy the replacement bolt. We won't be buying Ryobi again until they fix this problem.
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Perfect for Casual DIY
I have been using the Ryobi Mitre saw for about 6 months now for home DIY and furniture projects. I have found it is really good value for money. It is easy to set-up, use and cuts straight. The light built in light and laser cutting guide are super helpful for ensuring cuts are made to the right length.
I would agree with other reviews that dust extraction is completely useless, I have connected up a vacuum cleaner to the extraction port and it still spews out a lot of saw dust. To be fair I think this is a problem for most Mitre saws so It wouldn't be fair to label this as a problem for the Ryobi alone.
Overall I am happy with my purchase and would not hesitate in recommending it for any DIY user.
Bought this RYOBI saw, was perfect until I decided to install an 80T blade to it, installed it correctly, right diametre, right bore size, as soon as I turned it on it jammed, smashed the safety guard and locked the blade bolt. RYOBI were good have asked me to bring it back to Bunnings, will see what transpires. Dont have proof of purchase, lost receipt hopefully they can track it back via the serial number on the product.
I have no problems with RYOBI and or BUNNINGS. Both very helpful, just curious as to why the saw did this...... Had to cut blade bolt off with a grinder and will need to replace that and the safety guard.
Purchased in February 2019 at BUNNINGS MORWELL for A$299.00.
Ryobi combination sliding saw
Hey all you handyman types .
Now i have read the reviews and agree with everyone about the sawdust gathering in the bearing slot for the miter cut but its an easy fix i just picked up a peice of high density foam cut it out somewhat bigger than the shape of hole and push it in ive not had a problem with it since .
How ever my biggest and most disappointing problem is that after only a few decent cuts the saw doesn't slide freely any more infact its quite hard to push back while cutting has anyone else came across this problem.
Purchased in May 2019 at Bunnings bayswater for A$300.00.
Value for money
I bought this unit because I really wanted to have accurate cuts. As I am a DIY weekend guy, I could have bought a table saw but couldn't justify spending the extra money. After being frustrated constantly using a circular saw, I ended up purchasing this mitre saw before reading the reviews here.
After reading the reviews, I think most reviews are valid. The dust extraction port is useless but from what I gather, most mitre saws have this problem. Saying that, it does clog the bearing for the compound function but it can be easily remo...ved. I have seen jigs built/installed to combat this problem but I think I will just sweep it up or use my shop vac to do clean up the mess. It does give me accurate cuts on different angles. This particular model does not have holes on the fence where you could extend the fence even further if you wanted to. I haven't decided yet whether I would do this myself. And it seems on overseas models, there is a hole on the trigger where you can padlock the device to prevent inadvertent usage. It does not seem you can calibrate the laser either but it seems accurate out of the box. Though one time the saw dust covered the laser from showing at all which I had to wipe off. I didn't expect I had to do that. But I do think it's value for money as most of the Ryob producti range is. As I build boxes, the sliding saw is brilliant which makes it long enough for me to cut those sides. You can control the depth of the cuts which is good if you don't have a plunge router. I am not sure a tradie who makes their living out of the mitre saw would find this model good enough on site but for the DIY guy, it's more than adequate and value for money.
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In most aspects I found this saw to do exactly what I bought it for however I then discovered a major flaw. As mentioned by another reviewer, dust blows back into the mitre bearing for setting an angle. As a result, it becomes jammed. I live on the east coast of Tasmania and to get the saw looked at requires a 4 hour round trip. I took the saw to the repair agent. All they did was ring Ryobi. They did not unjam the bearing. Ryobi's response according to the repair agent was, and I quote - "The only solution to this problem is to cover the hole ...where the bearing is with tape or cloth. This is a manufacturing design and there is no factory fix for it." I may be hard to please but I considered this reply totally unsatisfactory. I returned the saw to Bunnings who, to their credit, did not hesitate to give me a full refund. I now have a Bosch circular saw and will not be buying any Ryobi products.
Fantastic saw, does what it should
I recently put new floating floor down in my entire house and used the Ryobi saw to cut all the boards. Once I had the right blade it did the job, no problems at all. Gave me straight cuts every time, never needed to adjust anything. I also use this saw when I have some large tree branches to cut up at home. This saw just powers through everything. I also had to replace several of the skirting boards and this saw produces excellent mitre cuts. I can really recommend this saw, it won't let you down when you have a lot of cutting to do. Bought at Bunnings.
Dust blows back into mitre bearing.
Basic engineering failure with this product. There is an exposed 'bearing' right behind the saw blade for setting the angle. Dust goes straight in here and the when it's time to make a mitre cut - the bearing catches all the dust.
I literally just purchased this today. Used for 30 minutes and it failed the first time I tried to set an angle. I couldn't go all the way to 45 degrees because dust was jammed in there.
I will be taking this back to Bunnings tomorrow and buying a Makita or Bosch. Shame as I really liked the laser function and the saw cut very well. However if it can't do a mitre cut - I may as well have bought a $50 Ozito.
No accuracy in the angle cutting. Do not buy if you want this accuracy. After numerous attempts this still does not work. Agree with the other comments regarding the dust extract this is useless. Must use outside and only cut at 90 degrees so what’s the point in having a flexible saw to mitre angles that doesn’t work.
Pretty good product , Especially for home use
Cant go wrong with this mitre saw (Especially when its $100 cheaper). I compared this product with better - not so better products in the market, read a lot about it before I went and purchased it. I can say I am happy about my choice. I have already build couple of decks, used it for other work around the house, Hoping to build some shelves , wooden garden shed etc too. Dust extraction is not great, but who cares when you work outside.
No dust extraction
The saw dust collection bag is only there for looks. Dust is thrown everywhere except the bag. Dangerous to use indoors when cutting MDF with fine dust particles in the air. Very messy. Adding a shop vac does nothing to help. Ryobi's claim of having a dust extraction system is nothing but a deception! I want a refund.
Horrible accuracy for anything over 100mm wide even after using a engineers square to try to get it square. Don't trust any of the angle settings on it. It has a very noisy motor. Spend extra and get something that is of better quality. Ryobi has zero customer service so don't expect anything once you have purchased it.
It will do the job cutting small stock for a rough job but you'd be better just to save some coin and just a compound miter saw.
- Verified purchase
Fantastic piece of equipment
I bought this with a view to building some retaining walls, on ground decks, and a few other outside timber constructions.
I needed something with a deeper cut depth than my Ryobi One+ handheld circular saw, which, while great for framing timber, only had a 45mm cut depth which and not quite enough grunt to get through 50 mm sleepers.
After reading a few mediocre reviews I was hesitant to buy this, but being in the middle of the cheap and tease quality tools, I took the chance.
What a fantastic piece of gear! Quick to get working and a...fter a minor fine tune of the retaining fence to get true square, this is as accurate as any of the high end tools I've used. Anyone who complains that the instructions are hard to follow, probably shouldn't be using power tools and should go back to building Lego for 3 - 5 year olds. Buy with confidence!
Good value, great for basic use
For $300 this thing is a steal. I recommend it unless you're a tradies and need something more heavy duty and accurate, otherwise it's a bargain. The laser is a godsend.
cons: the 45 isn't 100% accurate but it can be adjusted so check it first; the positive stops aren't that positive, as in the saw doesn't always stop exactly on the stop so again just double check the angle; the dust bag does nothing because the dust just spews out the back of the saw.
All in all I'm happy with it though.
One fatal flaw
One simple flaw renders this saw practically useless; dust extraction!
The dust extraction system does not work at all. Dust blows of the back off the blade throughout the room with not a single speck ending up in the dust bag. I even hooked up my industrial dust extractor to the back of the saw with no result.
I'm taking it back to the shop this afternoon. Very disappointing!
Poor mitre accuracy
I like the performance of the saw in general but have been let down with the accuracy of the mitre cut. When set to 0 degrees it is not a 90 degree cut and must be set about half a degree off to achieve 90 degrees. The bevel cut is off as well :/ . This can be adjusted with fine tuning but what's the point of having a CSMS if it is not accurate. Seriously thinking of taking saw back.
Price, looks, weight
Mitre and Bevel settings at 0 degrees are not accurate :/
Questions & Answers
My EMS305RG keeps on tripping the circuit breaker. I have been cutting a lot of merbau decking and am wondering if sawdust has got into the motor? If so, whats the best solution. I cannot seem to locate a repair manual online and the operating instructions just in pictures are pretty useless. Any comments would be appreciated.
Hey kangaroos.991 unfortunately i cant help you with your problem i found the ryobi compound saw to be a load of rubbish tried to use it got an hour into cutting treated pine the slide jammed up the the slot where the head tilts for a compound cut gets filled with sawdust and needed to make a cover that fitted the slot that is a very bad fault no other saw has this set u p not even my very old ozito .
I return the saw to bunning that afternoon and paid extra and went to the AEG OMG cheese and chalk happy with all my other ryobi gear .
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