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Forum topic by 459fitter posted 01-05-2010 06:53 AM 6185 views 1 time favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-05-2010 06:53 AM

I recently bought this planer and it need some help. I need to replace the feed roller drive chains, but I don;t know what I am going up against. If anyone has worked with this machine I would love some help.
Thanks
Andy

-- Andy ---- Missoula, MT


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#1 posted 01-05-2010 07:08 AM

i got one that works fine ,
bought it the first time it came out .
it still works fine ,
i use it on job sites .
it was the first planer to use
replaceable and instant set blades .
never had a problem to this day ,
so i have never taken it apart .
do you have the manual ?
you can probably get one on-line ,
and find service centers too .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 01-05-2010 07:13 AM

I do have the manual. I am trying to find a factory service manual, but I think I might be dreaming. I bought the macine for a good price and it does seem to work ok. I am slightly concerned about the tension in the chains that drive the rollers. How much slack do the chains have in your unit?

-- Andy ---- Missoula, MT

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#3 posted 01-05-2010 07:13 AM

By the way thanks for the reply!
Andy

-- Andy ---- Missoula, MT

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#4 posted 01-05-2010 09:50 AM

sorry andy ,
i know where the switch and the crank are .
i have never had need to do anything but change blades .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 01-06-2010 03:14 AM

David,
If you look on the left side of the feed rollers there are two chains which drive the rollers. I was just curious if yours have any slack or if mine are stretched from hard use.
Thanks

-- Andy ---- Missoula, MT

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#6 posted 01-06-2010 03:44 AM

andy ,
i got about 1/4 ” of play up and down .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 01-06-2010 03:51 AM

Andy I have the same type it runs with quite a bit of slack 1/4 to 1/2 in. make sure to grease them with white grease.

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#8 posted 01-06-2010 03:55 AM

Andy what type of blades do you have?

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#9 posted 01-06-2010 07:08 AM

David & GMman, Thanks. I got up enough nerve to pull the side panel off. I found both of the chains were quite rusty and did not flex very well they have about 3/4” to 1” slack, yikes! I an going to check with an Industrial supply house tomorrow. Hopefully it is standard chain, everything else looks to be in good shape. Cleaned bevel gears and that seems to help the adjusting. If you ever do need to get into the chains or the belt, makes sure to mark or index the bevel gears so that you can put them back together correctly. Read a blog the other day about a guy who took his apart and got the cutter head out of alignment. I did spray down the gears and height rods with white lithium grease.

GMman I don’t know which blades I have. I haven’t ordered a blade guide yet so i don’t want to take them off. I will let you know when I do. I found that Freud makes some replacement blades. Have you tried them? Also need to get a new belt, mine is in pretty rough shape. The more I dig into this machine, the more pleased I am about only paying $30 for it. I hope it doesn’t nickle and dime me to bad. Again Thanks for looking at your machines and I will keep you posted.

-- Andy ---- Missoula, MT

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#10 posted 01-08-2010 06:19 AM

Hello All. I found the new belt, also used by DeWalt, at my local repair shop. Put the machine back together tonight. It works much better. Need to order the knife gauge and sharpening guide, but it looks like I am on my way to smooth boards! So far I am into this planer $58. Nothing like making old tools new again! Thanks for the help.

-- Andy ---- Missoula, MT

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#11 posted 01-08-2010 06:27 AM

way to go andy ,
the blades are still at home depot ,
when i see them and have some cash ,
i get a couple of packs ,
never know when they may be hard to find .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 01-08-2010 06:34 AM

Good luck swapping the blades. The first time I tried to swap blades I had a terrible time getting the screws out (new from the factory). Ended up drilling most of them out and replacing with stainless hex head screws.

-- Robert in middle TN

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#13 posted 01-08-2010 03:59 PM

This is what this site is all about get together and help someone next time it will be on of us.

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#14 posted 01-08-2010 04:12 PM

archie….. next time with a small hammer give a little tap to every screews before trying to get them out, must he heat that makes them tight.
Here I have no problem to get the blades you can also get them from Ryobi.

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#15 posted 01-08-2010 04:23 PM

these guys have parts and schematics ,
for almost every brand of tool made !
http://ereplacementparts.com
work your way to ryobi ,
and planers ,
and they have everything for the ap-10 ,
including the holder .
the blades are $100.00 and special order !
i didn’t know ryobi was owned by rigid .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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