Have you tried M & D
? I'm assuming that the price is for 1 set of 2 blades but a call to them would clarify that.
I do have a spare set already, purchased over a year ago when they were still available in the store for about twenty bucks.
The package I purchased includes two double-edged blades, but I am not sure if the versions M&D are offering are packaged that way or packaged individually. I'll have to check. In a double package, what they offer is an OK deal. On the other hand, a one blade each price is not a particularly good deal, since you can get two Ridgid blades for their model TP1300 for about $30 bucks at Home Depot. As I have noted, the newer Ryobi AP1301 may also use those Ridgid blades.
This weekend I removed the old blades from my AP1300 as part of a cleaning, adjusting, and libricating operation and checked the edges that had been used so far and (surprise!) they were in excellent shape. The things seem to be holding up well. So, with the spares I have on hand already and the blades already installed I am in decent shape, although I certainly will need to get blades eventually.
Incidentally, some who own the AP1300 have mentioned problems removing the old blades the first time, but I had absolutely no trouble at all. I did not use the cheezy Ryobi allen wrench (which some have said stripped out easily), but instead used a premium allen tip mounted in an impact wrench. The screws came out like a charm.
Thanks a BUNCH for the M&D info. The site has parts lists and schematics for several Ryobi tools (not the AP1301, unfortunately, for those who own that model, nor the later BTS-21 jobsite saw that replaced the BTS-20 that I use), most of which I printed out. Very helpful.
It is odd that an outfit that seems to specialize in gas motors and law-care gear and the like would also sell Ryobi power tool parts, but what the heck, who cares. They carry Ridgid parts, too, so that will also help me a bit.
Again, heaps of thanks for the info.