|Review by dbhost||posted 09-17-2010 05:21 PM||6306 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
Well, after 2 and a half years of trouble free service, I figured I should write up a review of my Ryobi AP1301 planer for you folks.
Like many other owners of these planers, I have found the lack of infeed and outfeed support annoying, at least at first, and it DOES snipe if you just shove wood through it, and let it just dangle out the back end. I have found that supporting your lumber by hand as you feed it in, and take it out of the planer takes care of the snipe issue almost completely. I occasionally slip up and get some noticeable snipe, but then again so do guys with DW735s….
Boiled down to soup & nuts…
The Good. #1. The price tag. Mine was a gift. BUT they usually go for $199.00, price may have gone up since mine was new… #2. Easy to set new blades. #3. Uses same blades as Ridgid 13”, easy to get at Home Depot, at least at the ones around me. If your Home Depot doesn’t have them, fuss at the tool dept manager… #4. Decent dust collection IF USED RIGHT. In order to keep from spewing shavings all over the place even with the dust collector running, you MUST run your stock through the side closest to the dust port. This effect is MUCH more noticeable with a shop vac. #5. Very basic construction. Not overly complex machine, means there are fewer moving parts that can break, and that is a good thing.
The Bad… #1. No cutter head lock. Not a huge deal for me, but these locks help reduce snipe. #2. No infeed / outfeed tables. Again, these help with snipe. Many owners make their own, I did, and decided shop space was more valuable to me, I replaced the tables with technique. #3. 2.5” dust port, no 4”. I have to use a funnel type reducer to connect my dust collector. #4. No depth of cut stops. Meaning repeating exact depth means you need to run all the stock you want to run through at the same time so you can get the same exact thickness. This is the one lack that I am actually concerned with… I am making do with scrap, calipers, and some trial and error.
Overall not a bad machine, and certainly unbeatable at its price. It has been very reliable, and the knives have put up with far more than I could expect. There are a LARGE number of other planers with these same feature lacks on the market for double the money, and they don’t perform a hair better. To put it simply, shy of a Ridgid with the cutter head lock, or a DW735, I just don’t know of too many other planers that will give you better performance for the money.
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