I've got one of the original Ryobi AP-10 planers that I bought about 14 or
15 years ago. Still runs very well. I've planed everything from Maple to
Teak to Rosewood on it over the years. Spent last weekend planing down some
Bubinga without trouble and got a very nice finish on it.
Key is to keep the blades sharp (I've got a couple of sets, when one gets
dull, the sharp set gets put on and the dull set goes to be sharpened) and
the rollers clean.
All in all it's been a good hobbyists tool - I use it on every project I do
to dimension my lumber. I doubt it's as good as some of the new 3 knife
multi-speed planers that have just come out. If I was buying now (and buying
new) - I'd be looking at the new DeWalt 735.
If you mean the one at Home Depot for $249 - one magazine gave it a bad
rating - snipe and tear out. Another magazine gave it a good score. Last
time I looked for owner's comments on the web - all were favorable. Power
wasn't mentioned IIRC.
Me thinks it's a good planer if your limit is $250...
Freud has the planer blades for the Ryobi AP 10.
Ryobi is the basic inventor of the Benchtop planer, I have been brutilizing
one now for over 12 years.
I know one day its gonna tell me "Srcew you I just died" I was going to buy
the new 12" model they have but now have my eye on the Dewalt 735, Mainly
because of the 3 knives.
If there is ever a tool I got my money's worth out of 20 fold it has surely
been the AP10 If the 12" model is half no 1 tenth as good as the AP10 it is
worth the 250.00.
The original list price on the AP10 was 899.00 I used to laugh at anyone
buying one Not so much as the money,
A 60lb portable planer and i would laugh my as off, I bought on for a
specific operation and have brutilized ever since
Good Luck, George
I had one for many years. I sold it along with a 6" jointer to
someone without a big budget for such things. I was ready for better
machines. That said, the Ryobi AP-10 planed through anything I cared
to put through it (Oak, Ash, Maple, Cherry, Teak) and did it well. A
well maintained machine will do an excellent job. Provided of course
that you're planing 10" width or less.
Keep in mind that the new one is 13", not 10" any more, and now uses
disposable blades (IIRC, haven't changed mine yet). I can tell you that I
definitely get snipe, but I can also tell you that I've not taken the time
to adjust the tables, and they are *clearly* not adjusted correctly.
Everyone that I've heard from who has taken that time has eliminated their
I picked up the AP1300 about a week ago. If you elevate the ends of the
tables so that a straight edge placed across them leaves about 1/8" of
clearance over the planer table, snipe is all but eliminated.
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