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  • Screw friction products EZ-Grip and Screw Grab?

    Screw friction products EZ-Grip and Screw Grab?

    I was reading an article about fasteners the other day.
    They mentioned a couple of products I had not heard of before:

    EZ-grip and Screw Grab

    Apparently if you have a screw that you have a hard time engaging like a worn Phillips, a drop of these products will increase the friction between the screw and the driver 8X it is claimed so that you can back out the screw.

    You can find them both at Amazon.
    Not cheap 5 oz of EZ-GRIP is $20; 1/2 oz of Screw...
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  • A Cure for the Shim Problem on the Ryobi BT3000

    A Cure for the Shim Problem on the Ryobi BT3000

    Originally written by Norm Havens and re-posted here.

    Editor's Note: The site where this article appeared originally is now gone. I had this article saved as a .pdf file from years ago and resurrected the article from that.

    December 3, 2000 I must be totally star-crossed this week . . .

    "Trouble comes in threes," didn't someone say? This week I've already dinged the blades of my new planer, nearly dropped my router from the accessory table, and now...
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  • Ryobi BT3000 and BT3100 Manuals

    Ryobi BT3000 and BT3100 Manuals

    The manual from the old site is out of date and many of the links in it were broken. The downloadable .PDF manuals are attached below.

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  • SMT Guide Service

    SMT Guide Service

    First you'll need to gather a few tools:
    1. slotted screwdriver or bit and handle
    2. 3/8" SAE socket and driver or ratchet, or nut driver

    Then it is time to get started:
    1. Double unplug saw (at outlet and built-in switched outlet)
    2. Blow off any saw dust
    3. Remove SMT right front base clamp screw (see next pic)

    So it looks like this:
    4. Slide SMT table forward off base 5. Place SMt table on your work bench 6. Note positions of the three eccentric screws and the one non-...
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  • Stripped elevation and Helicoil installation

    Stripped elevation and Helicoil installation

    So I rushed out and bought my first table saw, than discovered this site and all the helpful information "like how to buy a BT saw). What I didn't know was I had an elevation problem. The screw that runs from the 90 degree bevel gears up through the aluminum motor housing was badly worn. Once I had the two parts out of the saw, the damage to the aluminum threads was worse. After a little help from others on this site, I choose to put in a helicoil. The attachments show the pictures and how to....
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  • BT3000 - Crack in Saw Table Casting - Repair or buy?

    BT3000 - Crack in Saw Table Casting - Repair or buy?

    Trying to dust of and setup my old, often moved, and rarely used BT3000, I found that it has a crack in the saw table. On the back left side, where the back rail is connected, I found a crack. Can it be effectively repaired? Or should I pay the 80 bucks for a replacement?


    I am trying to get rolling on woodworking after a parent and job induced layoff.


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  • BT3X00 Shim Maintenance Aid

    BT3X00 Shim Maintenance Aid

    My 7 year old BT3000 finally refused to raise or lower the blade and I had to do some shim maintenance.

    So, I came back to bt3central to review recent articles on shim maintenance.

    David Green's article on using the BT3100 parts is part of my long term plan http://www.bt3central.com/showthread.php?t=33948 (parts are on order).
    Mark Stripes article on shim maintenance was very helpful. http://www.bt3central.com/showthread.php?t=27266 I really liked his idea to use...
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  • BT3000 To 3100 Shim Upgrade

    BT3000 To 3100 Shim Upgrade

    Upgrading the shims avoids the issue of the BT3000 shims dropping out and causing the blade-raising mechanism to bind.

    Before you begin:
    Call Ryobi technical support at 1-800-525-2579 with the serial number from your saw to
    verify that your saw is eligible for the upgrade. Some earlier BT3000s are not.

    ‘Right’ and ‘Left’ designations assume you are starting by looking at the front of the saw.
    These instructions assume a stock
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  • Belt Replacement

    Belt Replacement

    Hello everyone,

    I just spent an interesting couple of days with my BT3000. I broke a belt and had “one of of those days”.
    First I did a search on this site and read just about everything on belt and arbor bearing replacement.
    I choose Replacing Arbor Bearings on BT3000 by big tim.

    Replacing Arbor Bearings - BT3Central Forums

    And Belt Replacement Instructions By Ed Ellickson

    Belt Replacement Instructions

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  • Replacing Arbor Bearings on BT3000

    Replacing Arbor Bearings on BT3000

    If you are ever in the same boat I was in last week, the following might be of some help.
    Last week I posted that my BT3000 had been making an unusual noise for the previous several days and actually seized up last Saturday. Shortly after it first started, I checked the belts, they were not broken, I also removed the brushes, they were ok and after cleaning those as well as the brushholders re-installed them. Doing that did not resolve the problem and I was starting to suspect bearings. ...
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  • BT3K Shim Replacement

    BT3K Shim Replacement

    Since it seems time for my semi-annual maintenance and due to several posts asking how to lately I deciced to take pictures during mine. Keep in mind this is specifically for the BT3000 only.

    Step 1: double un-plug saw at outlet and onboard outlet. Remove throat plate, Sharkguard, Big dog clamp, and splitter (or the stock POS []). Remove blade and spacers.

    Step 2: remove left side cover and dust shroud.

    Step 3: remove the four...
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    Last edited by Black walnut; 08-31-2018, 10:36 PM.

  • Ryobi BTS15 Operator's Manual

    Ryobi BTS15 Operator's Manual

    This is an Adobe PDF file that contains the English language version of the BTS15 Operator's Manual. WARNING: This file is 1.16MB and will take a while to download over slow connections. I highly recommend right-clicking the "Download" button below and select "Save As…"

    BTS 15 Manual:
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  • Ryobi Micropositioner Manual

    Ryobi Micropositioner Manual

    This is an Adobe PDF file that contains the English language version of the

    Robyi RapidSet Micropositioner Device manual.

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  • BT3000 SMT Alignment Instructions

    BT3000 SMT Alignment Instructions

    Originally Posted by David Hawkins in the category BT3000 Maintainence & Repair Three steps to a square SMT: After years of fussing over the SMT and trying to understand what made it tick, I've developed this understanding of its alignment process. It is similar to Ryobi's with a few less ambiguities. There are three steps to follow when aligning the SMT's base, table, and fence. In each explanation, I give a brief description followed by the dirty details. ...
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  • BT3000 Belt Replacement and Shim Adjustment Instructions

    BT3000 Belt Replacement and Shim Adjustment Instructions

    BT3000 Belt Replacement and Shim Adjustment
    Instructions from Ryobi Technical Support
    Submitted by Jim Frye
    The following document is transcribed from the sheet that Ryobi Technical Support sends out if you request belt-changing instructions. It also contains information about adjusting the setscrews that hold the guide holder shims in proper alignment and instructions for taking the motor out. Ed Ellickson (see his article elsewhere on this site) expanded on this article to make...
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