Ryobi planer. To fix or not to fix?

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Forum topic by Hamlinwoodshop posted 11-26-2012 01:06 AM 3469 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2012 01:06 AM

Well, the old Ryobi AP-12 Planer blew the roller chain apart last night. I was planing some 1/2 inch stock through it and all of a sudden it stopped feeding the material. This is thinnest I have ever fed into the machine but I don’t think this could have been the problem. Anyway, what do you guys think? Either spend the five bucks for the new chain or use this as an opportunity to shop for a new one?

Any of you Rochester, NY woodworkers have one you may want to sell?

-- Terry, Hamlin, NY,

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#1 posted 11-26-2012 01:49 AM

Did you take it apart to confirm it was a broken chain?

Portable planers use sintered chain sprockets and they can
split in half. In any case, a heavy 220 volt planer is
worth upgrading to (I own and recommend a used
Belsaw as an undervalued gem).

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#2 posted 11-26-2012 03:15 AM

Yep, I took it apart. The lower chain broke and I found the pin. ereplacementparts has the chain, but I don’t know…the blades needs changing as well. I would have liked to keep it as a backup for end grain cutting boards or painted lumber…

I’ll have to get 220 to the barn if I upgrade to a beefy planer, which is a another issue in itself.

There is a current post on craigslist in my area for a dewalt dw733 for $225. I’m considering it.

-- Terry, Hamlin, NY,

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#3 posted 11-26-2012 03:50 AM

Not familiar with that model, but it seems to me that if it’s been working fine for you up until the chain broke, then I’d just replace the chain and be happy it wasn’t something more expensive. Spending the bucks to swap one lunch box planer for another of a different brand doesn’t make much sense unless you just don’t like the Ryobi and want to try something new. As for blades.. you will most likely need to replace them on anything you purchase off of Craigslist as well (or at least get them sharpened), so that shouldn’t really be a major deciding factor.


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#4 posted 11-26-2012 04:02 AM

Brad, you’re right. That Ryobi has been a workhouse despite “the brand name”. It has suited me well and I should give it one more shot. Thanks.

Although..any recommendations on the best 110V planer? Obviously, I’ve heard the Dewalt DW735 seems to be at the top of the list.

-- Terry, Hamlin, NY,

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#5 posted 11-29-2012 04:33 AM

Well, I succumbed to necessity and bought a Ryobi Ap1300 off of craigslist with a makeshift stand for $140.00. The seller kept telling me how he spent $120 for a set of blades which I thought was laughable but the machine itself looked good. I bought it for $140 and gave it a run. The blades were obviously nicked and showed the telltale signs. I haven’t reversed them yet to see if he beat up both sides or not.

Anyways, what do you guys think about replacements? Are the HSS blades for $15 bucks off of amazon ok?

-- Terry, Hamlin, NY,

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#6 posted 11-29-2012 07:04 AM

I think few people are aware Ryobi invented the lunchbox planer back around the early 80s. Their first was the AP10, which had only 10” capacity. The shop teacher at the school where I taught bought one and installed it in the middle of a long table, and put a roller at each end, same height as the planer bed. Pretty soon the kids were using that little planer all the time. And they weren’t just redimensioning lumber yard stuff. School shops like to start with rough sawn material so the kids get a taste of the whole process. Anybody have any idea how hard kids are on power tools? That little planer held up for several years that I know of. After a while, the old industrial planer, about the size of a mid-50s Buick, was just gathering dust. I still see an AP10 show up on CL once in a while. But I don’t know how good the latest iterations of that planer are, the AP12 and AP13. Not all of Ryobi’s tools are junk is my point, I guess.
I’ve never had one of those, though I did have a TrendLines planer which, oddly enough for a llunchbox, had bed rollers. I’ve gone through several planers since, my next to last being a Rockwell/Invicta 13 X 6. I love that planer, and was aiming to put a Byrd cutterhead on it, then I changed my mind when I ran into an unbelievable deal on a Jet JJP12-HH and am now trying to sell the Rockwell.

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#7 posted 11-29-2012 07:36 AM

I have a Ryobi 13” planer. Someday I’ll upgrade, but I have put this thing through the ringer and it just keeps on going. Blades are $37. I am OK with that as well. I would still fix your old one. never hurts to have spares.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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