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Forum topic by Bsmith posted 12-02-2011 08:28 PM 1637 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bsmith

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12-02-2011 08:28 PM

I need help with my Ryobi AP-12 bench top planer. I aquired it used and seem to work fine but now I’m having to push the wood through. I thought it was the infeed roller so I added a couple of small washers to bring it down but having the same issue. Replacement rollers are $70.00 each plus shipping. If I buy new knives at the same time I’m half way to a new planner. Anyone else have issues like this? Thanks

-- Bryan


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Bill White

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#1 posted 12-02-2011 09:00 PM

Have ya cleaned the rollers, and are they running as they are supposed to? Is the outfeed roller working?
I would not invest a bunch in the planer.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Tennessee

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#2 posted 12-02-2011 09:34 PM

My Rigid used to do the same thing. Until I raised it all the way up, unplugged it, and washed the rollers with lacquer thinner. Now I only have to do that about every 4-500 feet of lumber, depending on what I run through it. If the lumber is dusty and dirty, the rollers will get slippery faster.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#3 posted 12-02-2011 09:45 PM

I hate to state the obvious, but are the blades dull. When I start pushing on my ryobi I know its time to change the blades.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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Howie

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#4 posted 12-03-2011 02:00 AM

Clean the rollers. Take the cover off and make sure all the gears etc are free of sawdust. I cleaned my 735 DeWalt like this and it’s like a new machine.

-- Life is good.

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#5 posted 12-03-2011 02:13 AM

Dirty rollers or dull knives. Check both.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 12-03-2011 06:00 AM

Looks like I’m in for some cleaning and sharpening tomorrow. Thanks for the input.

-- Bryan

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Bsmith

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#7 posted 12-04-2011 01:12 AM

Boy is my face red. I just assumed a smooth finish meant sharp blades. Putting new blades on made a huge difference. I think I’m still going to have to shim up my front roller. When I’m taking a small cut it doesn’t seem to want to push it through. Very loose. FYI, I couldn’t find any Ryobi replacement blades locally but the Ridged blades worked with a little modification.

-- Bryan

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#8 posted 12-04-2011 03:13 AM

My local Home Depot sells both ryobi and rigid planers but only sells the ridgid replacements. They say they are identical. I’ve used them and they work fine.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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