In this blog entry I’m going to demonstrate how easy it is to change blades on the Ryobi AP1300 Planer.
A quick read of the manual will tell you that all you need to do is remove the cover, lock the cutterhead in place by rotating it and then remove the screws with the included hex key. Sounds simple right…
Well here I shall demonstrate the actual process.
Step One, strip the included hex key on any screw you choose, grind it down with a grinder, try again, strip it again.
Curse. Throw tool in trash.
Find a higher quality hex key (metric 4mm).
Repeat step one.
Grind a slot in the top of the hex screw.
Destroy the the biggest screwdriver you own trying to unseat the hex nut.
Ponder whether or not the hex nuts have been welded by a prankster..
Purchase a Bosch PS40 Impact Driver
Shatter the flat head screw bit that comes with your brand new PS40.
Grind the bit down and try again…
Smile a little at how awesome the PS40 actually is :-)
Curse for old times sake.
Grind and remove the other nine screws and you can be done in as little as two days depending on your Amazon shipping choices.
I hope this little guide has been informative, I’m in talks with Ryobi to update their manual.
-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso