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Great planer for what it is, and what it costs, lacking finer features.

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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.

The Verdict…
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.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com




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chewbuddy13

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#1 posted 1404 days ago

I’ll second everything that you say. I have had this planer for about the same amount of time and it’s great. The only real gripe that I have is the dust collection, but I am working on a better solution for that this weekend. I am going to fabricate a larger metal hood that I will attach to the back of the planer, that will use a 4” connection. Hopefully it’ll work out, if it does i’ll post some info on it if you’re interested.

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#2 posted 1404 days ago

I am very interested… I hate the DC connection on mine.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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eddie357

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#3 posted 1404 days ago

i must agree with you have had mine for alittle over a year, and i think it does a good job thanks for the review
and i am also looking for a somewhat better dust collection solution.

-- Eddie N.Barnes

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Ryan Brown

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#4 posted 1402 days ago

I know a guy who bought one of these just to use it for parts to make…a 13” jointer! He made up a jointer bed out of MDF and hung this this thing upside down in the middle. Adjustments of the infeed and outfeed tables are made my either inserting or removing playing cards under them. He also designed the fence to be the same height as his table saw so that he could rip wider sheet goods and use it as a support. Pretty cool setup and a lot cheaper than buying a jointer of that size…

Oh, and the planer worked great for him too, as a jointer…

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem. Roanoke, VA

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dbhost

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#5 posted 1401 days ago

All I can say about that is, I bet that guy is gonna end up suing Ryobi….

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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thiel

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#6 posted 1401 days ago

I’ve heard good things about this machine… and wow is the price right! ... makes me regret my Delta.

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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dmoney

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#7 posted 1401 days ago

i have one too and like it. you can get them refurbed for $169 from www.cporyobi.com

-- Derek, Iowa

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cutworm

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#8 posted 1389 days ago

I bought a refurbished one at the factory store for $85. I tried out yesterday – needed to plane a couple of 1×8’s to 1/2”. I took light passes – about 1/2 turn each time. The first board did very well. No or minimal snipe. Started on the second one and it went up in smoke. It’s at the repair center. I’ll post later to let you know if $85 was a good deal. I hope it’s just a one time deal. Seemed to work very well??

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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HobieMan

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#9 posted 1271 days ago

Mine has recently started to plane a non-parallel thickness across the width of the board. Does anybody know how to adjust the this?

-- LeRoy

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dbhost

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#10 posted 1271 days ago

I am not sure at all… I have heard of planers doing that in the past… If I can find an answer, I will post it up here. I think it has something to do with the elvation mechanism getting gummed up and out of sync….

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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jtdyal

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#11 posted 1258 days ago

Thank you for the review. I “need” a planer for my next project, but trying to justify $500 for the limited use I will give it is hard. And from what I’ve found, the in-feed roller on a $400+ planer is the same plastic as on the Ryobi and the weak link with all of them. I’ve seen several 15” planers on craigslist with metal in-feed rollers but they are $600+ used.

-- ~jtd

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#12 posted 1258 days ago

Sounds about right…

Not saying this is a DW735 by any measure, but it does the job I need it to do…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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