: I plan to build a bigger shop eventually, but I'm also a gardener, and I
: have dozens of trees, shrubs, bushes and various other things I'm not keen
: on upsetting, so the maximum dimensions of my future shop aren't going to
: be much more than 15x20, if I can manage that much. The BT3100 will
: probably still be about the best fit for a shop that size.
Hmm. My shop is 16x16 (plus another 16x5 room for lumber storage), and I
have a cabinet saw in there, with room to spare (a mobile base makes all
the difference). Plus bandsaw, two lathes, planer, jointer, and DC.
-- Andy Barss
My neighbor down the street has a Ryobi. I just smile at him when I am
resawing hickory with full 3.5" blade height without even slowing down the
motor on my 3 hp Grizzly cabinet saw. He likes his Ryobi, but he does
understand the limitations. The Grizzly has been an outstanding saw, great
fit and finish. No complaints.
You can always go with a decent used saw. I liked the BT, I just sold
mine off in pieces. The sliding miter table was nice but VERY fragile
and is a bear to set up.
I just happened across a nice older Craftsman table saw with no rail
system which is PERFECT for what I want to do. Will likely go with
the Incr TS-3a fence and not have to worry about accuracy anymore. I
bought it VERY reasonably.
I considered the BT3100 but didn't want to deal with that miter again.
Belt drive IS better, but the 3100 IS belt driven.
Personally, I was a little dissappointed in the torque I get from my 3100
but perhaps I just need to buy a good blade for it. A lot of people swear by
the 3100! I'm still holding off judgement.
Why is it so hard to find vendors for the Ryobi BT3100? They aren't
sold at any of the normal online tool vendors that I can find. Anyone
got any links of where to get them at a good price? I'm interested in
purchasing one. By the way, my local Borgs don't have them.
On Wed, 03 Sep 2003 05:35:01 -0700, Davy from Louisiana wrote:
I had this problem, too, and was unable to find one anywhere. The closest
I could find was the Home Depot web site, so I just drove to the store
and, lo and behold, they had them! They didn't have one on display, I had
to ask the monkey at the counter and he didn't know and he asked the tool
manager and he didn't know and they looked in the computer and they had an
SKU for them, so they checked their stock and found one for me. That's
the only place I've been able to find them. Mine was $299 at Home Despot.
If any of you have a Sears by you (and I'll bet you do) you can
buy it under the Craftsman label. Stationary table saw. Its made
by Ryobi but isn't that irritating blue and yellow color.
I think they recently ran it on sale for the same $299 price that
Home Despot had it for. Prior to that, Sears was charging $450
for it !!!
The software said it ran under Windows 98/NT/2000, or better.
So I installed it on Linux...
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