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Forum topic by The_Other_Charley posted 05-28-2022 01:48 PM 312 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-28-2022 01:48 PM

I recently inherited a Ryobi AP1300 planer. Nice tool, but needs a little help. It seems to plane a bit of a wedge. Going through the front, the lumber comes out a fraction thinner on the right…. does anyone know how to adjust that? I can’t seem to locate the adjustment screws…

thanks muchly


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#1 posted 05-28-2022 02:25 PM

One knife might be set crooked. You might check that out and if it is, get a set of mini planer pals to help adjust it when you reset it. There’s a limited possibility it came with a knife setting gauge too.

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#2 posted 05-29-2022 01:54 AM

Knives in Ryobi Ap1300 are dual sided, and pinned in location for fast blade changes without need for a jig.

First try a new set of knives.

If that doesn’t help; the adjustment can be complex. Have to remove the side covers and and make small adjustments to carriage bracket location on the individual vertical screw that drives each side of the head up/down. Have never seen a repair or maintenance manual for a bench top planer; so often have to use parts diagram and figure it all out on your own.

Will need to use a reference block or better yet a Rotocator to measure and adjust the side to side difference. Can make a DIY rotocator. much cheaper than buying one.

Best Luck.

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#3 posted 05-30-2022 12:46 PM

Thanks for all the responses, fellers, I will be taking apart my planer today. Wish me luck, who knows if if even the parts are still available. The planer is a lot older than I originally thought. Almost 20 years old, I think. Gotta say though, for that age, I can’t complain. It will be good for rough planing if nothing else if it turns out unfixable.
Keep the wood chips flying…

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#4 posted 05-30-2022 08:21 PM

Update on my ryobi planer.
I switched the blades around, it looks as though they have never been turned. Nice! I found the adjustment device, figured it out and adjust one quarter turn.
Wow… she runs like a new machine. woo hoo!!

By loosening the two retainer screws, I could turn the shim back one quarter turn which raised the side as much as I needed. (Lengthy process, with all the testing, adjusting, assembling, disassembling etc… well worth it. )
After the current project I will fabricate some measuring blocks and redo the whole process and make sure it is spot on.

Thanks again for all the help, advice, and the courage…


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