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Hey guys/gals,
I'm new around these parts and wanted to start off by introducing myself and then ask a few questions. My name is Tim, I live in the Hudson Valley Region of New York and I've been on and off with my woodworking for years. Life kinda got in the way the last few years and now I'm ready to put some real time into the craft.

Now to get to the meat of my "problem"....I've had a Ryobi AP 12 planer that I inherited from my grandfather some years ago. Just recently I was milling some rough cut maple and the machine basically stopped running. Seems like the feed roller is locked up. The motor smoked for a few minutes got really hot and now when I power it up all I get is the humming of electricity. Anyone have any similar experiences with this planer? Thanks for any help/advice.
 

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Never used it but it sounds like the motor is toast. Worked it too hard and from what I have heard about Ryobi planers, that's fairly easy to do.
 

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Sounds like the motor went south. Might be able to get one from Ryobi but it will probably cost you an arm and a leg. You'd probably be better of investing in a new machine. The Dewalt's seem to be the planer of choice. Be careful if you buy a used one though. Some of the earlier 735s and maybe the 734s too were notorious for using blades up fast. I've read that the blades on the newer ones were improved and last longer.
 

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Never used it but it sounds like the motor is toast. Worked it too hard and from what I have heard about Ryobi planers, that's fairly easy to do.
That is what I did to my newer Ryobi planer.:furious: It still worked but had the potential of breaking down. I sold it on Craigslist.:devil: I recamend when you buy a new one to avoid the Ryobi instad get a Rigid or a Dewalt 734. Or find a good :laughing: planer on Craigslist.
 

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It sounds like you managed to let the magic smoke out. Once that's done, forget about it. Sure you can track down and replace the motor, figure out what locked up and fix it, but chances are you will spend WAY more than it's worth...

Mind you, the Ryobi planers are fine machines, but just like any other woodworking machine, they require maintenance. And as these aren't exactly industrial strength machines, don't try hogging off 1/8" at a time, that is a good way to break a lunch box planer...

Having said that, and mind you I like my Ryobi 13" planer, but if I let the smoke out of mine, I would snatch up a new Ridgid with the lifetime service agreement in a hot second... They are good machines with a great guarantee...
 

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Fried Planer Motor

Hey guys/gals,
I'm new around these parts and wanted to start off by introducing myself and then ask a few questions. My name is Tim, I live in the Hudson Valley Region of New York and I've been on and off with my woodworking for years. Life kinda got in the way the last few years and now I'm ready to put some real time into the craft.

Now to get to the meat of my "problem"....I've had a Ryobi AP 12 planer that I inherited from my grandfather some years ago. Just recently I was milling some rough cut maple and the machine basically stopped running. Seems like the feed roller is locked up. The motor smoked for a few minutes got really hot and now when I power it up all I get is the humming of electricity. Anyone have any similar experiences with this planer? Thanks for any help/advice.
Yes, it sounds like it is toast. I bought the same planer at an auction, and the gears that raise and lower the blades are bad. I can't find them anywhere. Would you be interested in parting-out, or selling yours for parts? Let me know. I'm in Elmira. Tom C.
 

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I scanned in my copy of the Operator's manual for the AP-12 Planer, if anyone is interested contact me. I think this is copyrighted so I can't upload it here.
 

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When I took my AP12 apart I saw that everything but the motor was full of chips and sawdust. The fan on the motor does a great job of filling all the nooks and crannies! This possibly resulting in overheating and lack of rapid cooldown of the overcurrent protection device. Also I noticed that the airflow is blocked by the way the gearbox housing is designed, so I plan to modify it to allow for greater airflow rate. Also, I trimmed off some molding flash from the air in-flow area of the motor housing. My brushes are hardly worn at all so I figure the machine has not had too much use yet. I got this from a pawn shop several years ago. One further modification is to find or make a chip chute to attach my dust collector to so the motor won't have them available to fill the housing with again.
 

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RE: I scanned in my copy of the Operator's manual for the AP-12 Planer , if anyone is interested contact me. I think this is copyrighted so I can't upload it here.

I have had a AP-12 Planer for about 15 years, in one of my moves I misplaced the operator's manual and would appreciate a copy.

Bill Bullock
 

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Look at post number 13 in this thread.

The .pdf file is linked in it. Just open it and save it.

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Thanks, but that is just the parts list and diagrams. I was hoping for the rest of the manual, too.

I have all of the Ryobi manuals from the blue/yellow era and Ryobi never had an OM for that planer on their web site. They had a law suit from some nimrod that injured himself repairing a drill and they subsequently pulled all tool documentation from consumer access. You might try finding an Authorized Ryobi Service Center near you and see if they can supply you with a copy of the OM. I do have the OM .pdf for the AP-10 planer which should be similar. Also note that there is no copyright marks on it.
 
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