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Tools: Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw
« on: August 07, 2017, 08:57:18 pm »
Hello, I am new here. I have been looking around the forum, trying to learn a little about timber framing. I have a tool question, anyone have any experience with the Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw? I it a decent saw? I have one spotted for $250, I may be able to pick it up a little cheaper. Thanks!


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Re: Tools: Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2017, 09:23:26 am »
I wasn't even aware they made one.  Every timberframer I know has a Makita including me.
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Re: Tools: Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2017, 10:12:23 pm »
I was hoping someone had a more recent review. I used one on one job in the early '90's. Seemed fine, basically a Makita knock off.

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Re: Tools: Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2017, 01:26:12 am »
Thanks guys for your comments, I found a really nice Makita, I am going to pick it up today. It's a little more expensive ($400), but I think it will be a good investment. I am hoping to get started soon!

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Re: Tools: Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2017, 06:26:37 am »
dbarron,welcome to the forum.
When you are a building,take us along with some pictures.
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Re: Tools: Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2017, 07:10:54 am »
On a used one I would check the table, make sure the adjustment wing screws are good, that it can be squared to the blade front and rear and that it is the same distance from the edge of table to blade front and rear. In other words that it hasn't been dropped and tweaked (always set it down nicely, never drop it, I put saws and other delicate tools on the floor, at their lowest potential fall distance).  Beyond that it wouldn't be a bad idea to pull a brush and see how much wear they have and shine a light down to the commutator to make sure it is not too badly scored. Look and sniff in the end at the windings, I suspect mine are toasty looking but my saw is of that early 90's vintage and has seen lots of use with nothing more than a couple of sets of brushes and new carbide blades.

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Re: Tools: Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2017, 09:49:04 am »
In my opinion a 10 1/4" saw is a better investment than a 16".  I use my 10" saw almost every day and only use my 16" for certain things. 
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Re: Tools: Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2017, 03:12:16 pm »
I'm also going to be starting a timber frame cabin. I have the timbers cut and will be cutting the joinery this winter.
Are you guys using the Makita chain mortiser ?
How hard is it find a good used one ?

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Re: Tools: Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2017, 08:15:43 pm »
If it's an older Royobi it's worth the $200
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Re: Tools: Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2017, 09:11:06 pm »
Used Makita chain mortisers are pretty scarce. Check that the depth stop on the casting is not broken, easy to do with a through mortise if you aren't ready for it to grab as it punches through the bottom of the timber. It would be pretty easy to sell a used one.

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Re: Tools: Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2017, 04:03:39 pm »
We have repaired or replaced a broken depth stop on a Makita.

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Re: Tools: Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2017, 10:23:33 pm »
We have repaired or replaced a broken depth stop on a Makita.

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I always lower the stop all the way to the bottom when doing thru mortises.
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Re: Tools: Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2017, 10:40:49 pm »
I honestly have never plunged all the way through with my chain mortiser, so that I don't risk breaking my depth stop.
I would plunge half way from each side.

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Re: Tools: Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2017, 06:40:39 am »
It doesn't matter where the punch thru happens, when the chain first penetrates completely through, the left, returning side of the chain sucks the head down. If you are still only pushing down at that point the head slams down. Logman has the right way to not damage the depth stop, make sure it is dropped out of the way. They get broken when someone forgets to do that, then plunges through without anticipating that action when the chain first goes through a timber. In other words in the first day or two of ownership of the new machine :-\. It is a really lousy depth stop design. How did you repair it?

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Re: Tools: Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2017, 07:37:18 am »
I'll have to search my files for a photo of the repair tonight, I'm on my way out to a on site milling job this morning.

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Re: Tools: Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw
« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2017, 09:27:16 pm »
I wanted to post a few pictures, but I haven't figured out how to post them. What file format should I use? jpeg's don't seem to work.

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Re: Tools: Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw
« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2017, 11:42:51 pm »
I wanted to post a few pictures, but I haven't figured out how to post them. What file format should I use? jpeg's don't seem to work.

.jpg is the format to use.  It is a multi-step process.  You can just upload pictures into your gallery for later use or upload them when making a post.  The latter has a trick to it.  When you start your post, look on the top left for the "Forestry Forum Gallery" and click on that.  A second window will open.  Go to your gallery (menu item) and start uploading pictures.  You can make folders to keep things organized.

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Re: Tools: Ryobi 16-1/4" beam saw
« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2017, 05:53:57 am »
Thanks ljohnsaw, it seems the file I thought was a jpeg was actually a png file.
Thanks to everyone for all the information, I picked up a nice used Makita beam saw off craigslist...

I picked it up for $400, it seems to be in excellent condition, I don't think I did too bad on the deal. I have used it a few times now, to square up the ends of a few 5X9 white oak beams,  and to cut some half-lap joints. I think it will work well for my project!