Ryobi PB01B Miter Saw Review

Miter saws are eminently useful around the house for cutting crown molding and construction projects like picnic tables and, for the adventurous, indoor furniture. But the problem is, they’ve become a bit like pickup trucks, in that it seems like every truck these days has to have a lift kit, big tires, and an extended cab. The equivalent of a miter saw means at least a 10 inch blade (with a 12 inch blade being even better), the ability for the head to tilt left and right (dual compound), a motor massive, slides big enough to move a bag of cement, and a laser line so powerful it takes a license to operate it.

We’ve fallen into this trap ourselves, touting all the bells and whistles and power of these saws, while forgetting one central fact about them: they are commercial-use machines that are too big, heavy and expensive to the average user. . Plus, only the most advanced DIY carpenter is willing to pay $250-$600 for them. We admit that we still like these big saws, but they have their place. This is where a small but capable saw like the Ryobi Cordless PBT01B We tested this 7-1⁄4-inch saw for several days and loved how easy it was to set up, take down, and store. It’s the antidote to drooling over excessive woodworking equipment.

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And one of the biggest advantages of this little cordless saw is its portability — it weighs 24 pounds, and that’s with its 4-amp-hour battery in place. We noticed it the moment we cut the tape off the box and pulled it out; a few minutes later we were chopping wood. For many people, this is the clincher. They want to take a cordless saw out into the yard to build a playset or a fence and not be bothered by a heavy extension cord. The wireless portability and small size are also useful for interior renovation. You can run a shop vacuum (in the outlet port of the saw) at the same time you use a cordless saw without worrying about tripping a circuit breaker, which can happen when you try the same thing while powering a large corded miter saw and a magazine. empty on the same circuit.

Lightness and a compact design are welcome, but a saw must cut well. An 18-volt battery and a small but brave brushless motor power the PB01B. We liked that it is very quiet. Another feature that makes it attractive is its capacity. It has a cross-cut capacity of 9-1⁄4 inches. We tried the saw on molding, white pine, radiata pine and red oak. He cuts everything you put in front of him. And to further emphasize its simplicity, the fact that if you already own a 7-1⁄4-inch circular saw, this Ryobi will take the same blade size. Buy a blade for one and you buy a blade for the other.

Now it makes sense to look at cost effectiveness here and wonder why anyone would spend nearly $200 on this saw (without batteries) when you get a small and simple 10 inch corded miter saw for as little as $100. It’s a good question. A Metabo HPT saw like the C10FCGS is somewhat similar to the PBT01B. It weighs almost the same and, although we haven’t tested it, we have used similar Metabo saws and can vouch for their excellent precision and power. However, there are two differences between this and this Ryobi. First, the PB01B has a larger cross-cut capacity (9-1⁄4 inch cross-cut capacity, while the C10FCGS can cut 5-3⁄4 inches). And the other is the portability that we talked about earlier. You don’t need a generator or a long, heavy-gauge extension cord to run the Ryobi. Insert the battery and you’re in business.

We found that even with the relatively coarse 40-tooth blade that comes with the Ryobi, you can take it out of the box, set it up, and make paint-grade miter cuts in molding quite easily. A little fine tuning and a smoother blade will give cuts that pass with a clear finish on furniture. You may even be able to create a small tool tray to slide into the back seat of your elevated extended cab pickup.

PBT01B miter saw



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Elizabeth J. Harless