update: Jul 2017
Ryobi 9’’ bandsaw is a common portable bandsaw for the money with sufficient features. This portable bandsaw is recommended for beginners, DIY projects or workshop with limited space. At a decent price, you can perform most of cutting styles with light materials with ease. Let’s talk about the detailed construction and benefits of this bandsaw, and compare it against other rivals
Construction of Ryobi 9-Inch Band Saw
This bandsaw includes 2 aluminum wheels, a blade, a tabletop and a motor of 2.5 amps. This is a classic design, similar to some other units such as SKIL 3386-01, WEN 3960 (but WEN 3960 uses a motor with a higher power: 2.8 amps). The bandsaw weight 43 lbs, therefore, it is quite portable for moving around when you need to cut things outdoor.
Assembling the bandsaw is easy, there are just a few things to do. You should pay time to calibrate the blade to get a proper tension because you do not want the blade to be tensed so much (it might crack prematurely). Afterward, you can use it right away.
Highlight parameter of Ryobi 9-Inch Band Saw
This bandsaw is a low-cost unit, therefore, you might expect it covers most of the basic parameters only. For example
- It uses a 2.5 amps motor – it suffices for cutting wood pieces. Some users claimed that Ryobi 9-Inch Band Saw can even cut aluminum at the size of 3/8-1/2 inches with a 3/8, 18 TPI blade.
- Cutting capacity: 9’’ throat cut and 3-1/2’’ depth which is quite similar to rivals
- Fast track blade tensioning system
- Blade tracking window system for better accuracy
- Aluminum wheels
- Power rating: 120V AV
- Blade: 0.025 inches
- Table size: 14-3/4 x 11-3/4 inches
- Warranty: 3 years
Benefits of the model
With Ryobi 9-Inch Band Saw, you can do straight cut, crosscut and resaw for light woods. With a proper blade, you can try to cut nonferrous metals such as aluminum but you need to set the right tension before use.
The machine runs smoothly and also very stable. It is compact and lightweight (about 42.8 lbs) which is very handy for DIY projects and hobbyists.
Understanding of Ryobi 9-Inch Band Saw
This small bandsaw is aimed for light duty use. With intended use, it performs smoothly. However, it shows limitation when you need to cut for a bigger piece of wood because the cutting depth is only 3-1/2 inches. Therefore, if you are dealing with thicker cutting piece, you might need a 10’’ model (Craftsman 10’’ bandsaw, Rikon 10-305 can be better alternatives)
Interestingly, this Ryobi bandsaw has a yellow safety key, which allows you to use the bandsaw safer. The bandsaw only runs once this key is inserted and plugged. However, you might need to make a thread to tie it to the bandsaw, because it might drop and hard to find a spare part.
- Price: 9/10
- Performance: 8/10
- Noise: 9/10
- Durability: 9/10
- Design: 9/10
Ryobi 9-Inch Band Saw is recommended for light use and for cutting small objects. It has fast track blade tensioning system and blade tracking window system, a warranty of 3 years which is quite sufficient for any DIY project.