Quick and Easy Blade Changes on the AP1300... (perhaps in bizaro world)

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Blog entry by Damian Penney posted 05-21-2008 03:37 AM 5893 reads 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

Step Two.

Find a higher quality hex key (metric 4mm).
Repeat step one.

Step Three

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..

Step Four

Purchase a Bosch PS40 Impact Driver

Step Five

Shatter the flat head screw bit that comes with your brand new PS40.

Step Six

Grind the bit down and try again…

Quick and Easy Blade Changing Ryobi AP1300 Planer from damian penney on Vimeo.

Smile a little at how awesome the PS40 actually is :-)
Curse for old times sake.

Step Seven

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

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#1 posted 05-21-2008 03:41 AM

now that is a really quick and effective blade change! lol! thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 05-21-2008 04:01 AM

That’s crazy, Damian! BTW, awesome picture of you grinding the slot in the hex screw. How’d you do both at the same time (taking the pic and grinding).

-- Kevin

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Damian Penney

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#3 posted 05-21-2008 04:03 AM

I know, absolutely ridiculous. I did the grinder pic with a ten second timer, and the camera propped up on a block of wood.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#4 posted 05-21-2008 04:59 AM

Nice little new tool you got there! Great little video.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 05-21-2008 05:58 AM

Pretty funny…and painful. But, all is well that ends well.

Did you lube those buggers with anything?

Are the knives, at least “quick-set,” (i.e., did they have pins to align them?) or are you going to have to break out some of your mad knife setting skills...

What is it with you and Allen wrenches? Love/Hate, eh?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 05-21-2008 06:17 AM

wow that sucks…and to think—-we go into the shop to RELAX…sometimes at least…may your next two days in the shop be spent enjoying every moment…actually two straight frustrating days should equal about 20 ugly ones…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 05-21-2008 06:22 AM

In for a penny, in for a pounding.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Damian Penney

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#8 posted 05-21-2008 09:36 AM

The knives are quick set Dorje, and they were reversible, I doused it with WD40 many a time before going this route. This is a common problem with these planers.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#9 posted 05-22-2008 01:36 AM

I finally got mine loose with a with a high dollar machinists grade allen wrench and, believe it or not, an 18” cheater bar made from 3/8 inch pipe. By the way, I had to buy the allen wrench as a set. Go figure. bbqKing

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#10 posted 05-22-2008 06:51 AM

THANKS DAMIAN…as I read and wrote my comments yesterday about your frsutrations I was literally itching to get home and into my garage to open up three huge boxes I had just received—-my new (used) shopsmith pro planer…well today I got home early enough to tear open the boxes and start putting my big purcahse together…

Each time I ran into trouble i thought: “ok…this aint nothin’.....damian struggled with one screw for two days and persevered…I can put table legs together!!!”

Well…the stand is complete…the planer is mounted…all ready to go…then I hear the one of the worst things a wood worker can hear—-”DINNER!” (well of course there are many worse things)...this is not a bad thing to hear…but just when I was ready to get to the next set of directions and maybe turn the thing on…I had to quit for the night…

Probably a very good thing since I still havent gotten this far in the manual…

Thanks for this story…you kept me going at times while i was laying on my back trying to turn a screw sneazing dust…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 05-23-2008 04:31 AM

I wonder how hex bits would work with the PS40. I managed to remove a water pump one time WITHOUT breaking any screws by using an impact wrench, the impact seems to loosen them without over torquing them

To prevent problems next time invest in a nice big jar of antiseize. That stuff goes on EVERYTHING, and worth every cent too

talk Ryobi into using torx; much less likely to strip than an allan, though much more expensive

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#12 posted 05-23-2008 05:00 AM

yeah so about torx …. when i was putting together my bench …. pics are on my site….. anyway i decided that i should use torx head screws cuz there tuf righttttt. so just about 17 bits and screws later i decided to that all things made in china that are sold at a HARDWARE store should be hard….. well im thinking just based on my experience and your own that there must be some lead slipping into our driver bits …. good luck

-- to the endeavor

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#13 posted 05-23-2008 05:20 AM


You dont know how funny this is . I have the same planer and tried taking the blades out this past monday .I got all the screws out but one the allen screw rounded out so i plulled out the dremel and cut my slot thought i was going to strip the head again .Well i got it off and all is good . Just thought it was funny that i just went thru the same thing 3 days ago .

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Damian Penney

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#14 posted 05-23-2008 03:39 PM

Hey Fred, I’m sure a hex bit in the PS40 would have worked just fine but I couldn’t find one (4mm) that didn’t come in a kit with a gazillion pieces. I’d take Torx or Square over an allen head any day of the week.

That’s funny Matt :) I should put one of those inspiration posters together :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#15 posted 05-25-2008 12:19 AM

Just wondering, did you send a copy of a link of your video to your friends at Ryobi? Their customer service department may send you a new unit, perhaps the dewal 735 for your troubles

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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