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  • PortlandScribe
    started a topic BT3000 for sale, Portland Oregon

    BT3000 for sale, Portland Oregon

    $225, bought in 1995, works great. The full system.
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  • Shopmade sanding blocks

    Shopmade sanding blocks

    Whilst cleaning up I found an old BT3central post by ejs1097 I printed out from a while back. I had forgotten about it. I made some changes and whipped out a few in a couple of evenings. What I liked about them was they hold the sandpaper tight and snug, the bought ones the paper works loose and sags and gets caught and tears. Also easy and cheap. Also has a square end for sanding into corners and a radius to do curves. I did modify the block so it used thicker stock (easier to hold) and put the paper retainers in the end rather than the top. I used a 2x4 Planed one side on the jointer so its dead flat and smooth, edge...
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  • Lonnie's No Measure Alignment procedure

    Lonnie's No Measure Alignment procedure

    Hi Guys -

    I haven't been on the forum much lately ... I bought a '55 MGTF-1500 that is taking up space, time, and money that is(was) used by my woodworking shop. The car has a wood frame beneith the body panels, so I guess it counts as woodworking.

    Thanks for resurrecting my No-Measure alignment thread. I see that it has lost some of the attachments. So I reposted it below.

    Note - there are a lot of good ways to adjust a BT3K or any other table saw. This is the one that I found is best for me. Any method that achieves the intended result is just as good.

    I set my rip fence to be parallel to the blade. I rip on both sides of the fence (bevels, size of workstock, etc.), so a setting that will allow extra space on the outfeed of one side of the fence could bind the stock on the other side of the fence. The No-Measure tool is easy for me to use for initial setting plus is a fast way to check that the fence is still in alignment.

    TIP: When you determine which direction the rip fence needs to move to get into alignment, and before you...
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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, 11:36 PM.

  • BT3000 Quick Fold Table and Manual

    BT3000 Quick Fold Table and Manual

    I have attached the manual for those who requested it. I found this a useful accessory. Its a fairly heavy table about the width of the BT3000 and maybe just a bit deeper than the top of the BT3. The front attaches to the rear rail at two points of the BT3 and has a slightly beveled front to that the workpeices coming off the saw don't catch. There's a hinge right behind the rear rail which fastens to the bottom of the rear rail via T-slot using T-nuts and bolts (the hinge is articulated so that the table is at the height of the saw table). WHen open there's about a 4" or so gap between the back of the...
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    Link to Suwat's Articles

  • 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 saw with no modifications to the blade guard assembly
    or saw body.

    Parts you will need for the conversion:
    2 each 0181010314 spring shims BT3100 part $0.43 ea
    1 each 0181010110 guide holder BT3100 part $15.07
    When you order these parts to save on shipping costs, it is recommended that you also
    order the following parts. Inspect the flat shims and belts and replace if necessary while you have
    the saw torn down. It is a good idea to have the belts on hand as spares.
    2 each 969600001 flat shim BT3000 & BT3100 part $0.45 ea
    2 each 662329001 belt BT3000 & BT3100 $13.49 ea
    You can order from,,

    Tools needed:
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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. Of note, I would...
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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

    Big tim’s post is an excellent step by step way to do this with many clear photos. Other then dinging the pulley, everything went smooth.

    Now to the fun part.

    Having to R&R the belts two and a half times I think I have found an easy way.
    First time I did it...
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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-eccentric screw (silver one):
    7. Carefully remove locknuts and star washers 8. gently pull the screws and guides off the bottom of the SMT 9. Inspect each for wear In this pic you can see the wear I have on mine aft...
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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.
    Earlier this week I took the saw apart to get at the bearings.
    I needed to determine if it was a bearing and if so which one. There are a total of 5 bearings in the drive system of the saw; two on the motor armature assembly and three on the arbor assembly.
    My manual does not have a complete exploded view of the drive assembly, only of the motor assembly. Here is a link to that drawing on the Ryobi website:
    Sorry, that link does not seem to work, so here it is a better way.

    When you see a number in my narrative in brackets behind the name of a part, it refers to the item number of that part...
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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 (parts are on order).
    Mark Stripes article on shim maintenance was very helpful. I really liked his idea to use 1 1/2" 10-24 screws to help get the guide holder into place. While looking for longer 10-24 screws I found a 3...
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  • Turning off BT3*00 from left side

    Turning off BT3*00 from left side

    After searching this site, and not being able to find an easy way to turn off the BT3*00 from the left side, I decided to post the very easy, very inexpensive, and quick solution I designed for mine. It is made from ¾” PVC pipe, elbows, a tee, and 2 short pieces of ¾” hardwood dowel. I did not glue the parts together, but they have a tight fit. If you prefer to use glue, please do, but make certain it will work (without modification), by dry fitting the assembly, and trying it before gluing. When making it, I was concerned that the weight might be enough to trip the switch. It did not do that, but if the assembly is allowed to drop, after turning the...
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  • Zero Clearance Throat Plates with Levelers

    Zero Clearance Throat Plates with Levelers

    Custom Zero-Clearance Throat Plates With Levelers

    It occurred to me almost instantly to tap out the 4 holes underneath the TP to a 10-24 thread. I had kind of cussed under my breath at the Ryobi factory for not tapping this there and adding the screws to my parts package. I also wondered why I hadn’t seen this adjustment in the manual. I guess that was not the their intended purpose. ...
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