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Having a win with a broken thicknesser

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Blog entry by Woodworkingbythebay posted 06-08-2018 08:34 AM 509 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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About 3 weeks ago a purchased a second hand Ryobi thicknesser (one of the green ones) model RAP1500G from a bloke who said it hadn’t done much work. Unfortunatly for him when he tried to give me a demonstration the drive belt perished and the high adjustment sounded like a broken coffee grinder. I ended up buying it for a heavily discounted price of $75. Here in Australia these planers retail for $549 so even though it was basically useless I bought it thinking that the OEM parts would be reasonably cheap, well I was wrong the plastic bevel gears for the height adjustment were $40 each and I needed to replace all 4 and the drive belt was $80ish so I was looking at $240 in parts and I wasn’t keen on forking out that amount of money for original parts that had worn in under a year from when the original owner had bought it. I ended up measuring the bevel gears and found some metal ones on eBay and found a better quality reinforced rubber belt as well ( the same as you would find on a cars engine) for a total price of $46 and change. The parts arrived today and it took about 20 minuets to fit them and what can I say for a total price of $121 I have a thicknesser which I believe is better quality than a new one of the same model for a fraction of the price. Here are some photos of the parts being installed against the original parts



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NormG

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#1 posted 06-09-2018 02:48 AM

Wonderful rebuild, hope it is very useful

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 06-09-2018 01:21 PM

Now that’s the way to do a repair! Better then new 8^)

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