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Blog entry by thatlabguy posted 12-06-2011 07:43 PM 1737 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently purchased a used Ryobi 12 5/16” Precision Surface Planer. It worked fine the first week I used it but, it began “skipping” when it is planing the Juniper I am running. It is coming from inside the enclosed section that is driven by a chain/sprocket. I don’t have an owners manual so don’t know what to do. I am looking for some advice since this is the first planer I have ever owned/used.
I took the obvious pieces apart, cleaned them but, the skipping is getting worse. Where it skips is inside the portion where it is enclosed and there isn’t any way for me to get this piece apart. I thought maybe the chain drive was too loose but I don’t see any obvious way to tighten it and without a manual not sure if I should or am supposed to tighten the chain.
Help!!
Larry

-- larry@juniperworksnaturally.com



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usnret

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#1 posted 12-06-2011 07:49 PM

By skipping if you mean the board doesnt feed evenly and then starts feeding through again? Try cleaning the rollers with denatured alcohol or mineral spirits, my planer does it some times and after I clean the rollers it works fine.
here is a link to Ryobi’s manuals maybe you can find it here: http://manuals.ryobitools.com/documents/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&category_id=39&query=

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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thatlabguy

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#2 posted 12-06-2011 08:18 PM

thanks, I will try that and what is happening is that I hear/see the skip. I can see the blue plastic cover sort of “pop” when it happens and it leaves a deeper mark in the wood.

-- larry@juniperworksnaturally.com

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Gary

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#3 posted 12-06-2011 08:44 PM

I’d bet you can get that manual online. I’d sure try

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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thatlabguy

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#4 posted 12-06-2011 11:24 PM

On the comment re. getting a online owners manual I thought it would be simple also but, all I have been able to find is a parts list. I have searched about everyway I can think of but, cannot come up with an owners manual for this particular model.
Second, I took everything apart again this morning, cleaned all I could. The rollers are pretty beat up and need changed but, the skip/catching problem doesn’t seem to be related to the rollers. That being said, it appears that part of the cutting issue is because the rollers are shot. One of them is about 1/8” smaller in diameter on one end than the other. I attribute this to the origninal owner pushing wood through that side of the planer much more than the other side thus wearing that rollor unevenly.
The internal gear issue is my main problem. I can’t get to those without taking the gear box apart and I am not sure I want to do that…I am not sure I will be able to get it back together correctly or, even if I see the problem, will I be able to fix it with minimal cost or by the time I buy new rollers and fix the gear issue is it more prudent to just go out and buy a new one!

-- larry@juniperworksnaturally.com

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usnret

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#5 posted 12-07-2011 12:09 AM

Post the model # of the planer and it wil be easier to help you find it.

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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thatlabguy

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#6 posted 12-07-2011 12:44 AM

I finally called Ryobi and now have the part number. The gear box is one unit so, once I get a price on that plus new rollers I can decide if I want to repair it or buy a new one. Any suggestions which table top model planer is recommended?

-- larry@juniperworksnaturally.com

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 12-07-2011 04:30 AM

Larry, If you wind up buying a new planer I would urge you to look hard at the 3 blade Ridgid. You will get a lot of people recommending DeWalt but I have really tortured my Ridgid and it has been a trooper. I have the blades resharpened even though they are ‘disposable’ and they cut better/ last longer than new. I have minimal snipe issues since I tipped both the infeed and outfeed table up at the ends. Good luck.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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HalDougherty

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#8 posted 12-07-2011 03:02 PM

gvadvm,

I have a 2 blade Ridgid planer. I bought it because it was several hundred dollars less than the DeWalt, and it came with a stand and the infeed/outfeed tables at no extra charge. I’ve owned it since 2007. When I bought it, I got an extra set of blades. Since then, I can’t describe how much lumber I’ve surfaced with those 4 blades. I’ve had them sharpened one time, but now I use a simple jig and some sandpaper to sharpen them myself.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 12-08-2011 05:19 AM

Yep Hal, I love my 3 blader and don’t read about a lot of problems with Ridgid here.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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