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Can I adjust the rollers on my Ryobi AP-12?

The planer seems to have a hard time drawing the stock through the machine, which is relatively new. The blades seem sharp enough, and I've only used it for maybe fifty hardwood boards. I cleaned the rollers and have investigated the manual for ways to adjust the roller height versus blade height, and the foreign-made manual provides no help. I don't want to take the planer completely apart and experiment if there is an easier way. Am I alone in this situation?

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If you're looking at the planer from the infeed side, there's a belt guard on the right side of the head. Remove it and check the condition of the drive belt. If it's broke the motor will spin without powering the cutterhead and feed rollers. The drive belt is still available as part number 22-563 on sites like http://servicenet.dewalt.com/ and www.ereplacementparts.com. Just put your model number in their search box and find the drive belt in the breakdown.

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