Makita 2030 jointer planer combo Machine

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03-19-2010 08:06 AM

Topic tags/keywords: makita jointer planer makita 2030 rollers

I am going to go check out a Makita jointer planer model 2030 in the morning. The machine is listed on Craigslist. I am hoping its a good machine for my hobbyist needs. Has anyone here got any information, concerns, or knowledge regarding these machines? Here is one that was restored and fixed up. I found it on smc. Thanks for any info, it will be appreciated.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#1 posted 03-19-2010 09:36 PM

Never owned one, but I’ve read a lot about them from others that did own them. Don’t recall anything negative was said about them, and TONS of positive stuff. What what I’ve heard they are an excellent machine.

-- The older I get the faster I was.

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#2 posted 03-19-2010 09:56 PM

I used to use one at the shop I had access to while in high school, they’re amazing.

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#3 posted 03-20-2010 01:58 AM

I have one that I purchased new in 1982. I have run thousands of BF of oak and cherry through it to say nothing of the new England pine that I ran through it for years. I have two sets of high speed steel blades for it and A Makita blade sharpening grinder for it. Even if you have someone sharpen your blades it is much less expensive than having to replace the blades when they get dull like most of the newer units. The long (56” ) joiner is super for getting your stock flat. I am still using the same belt and brushes that came with it.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#4 posted 03-20-2010 02:52 PM

I own a Jet and love it, picked it up second hand. I have used it a lot.

-- Mike, VT

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#5 posted 03-21-2010 03:39 PM

Update I drove up there only to find the it needs its rollers redone. The owner played it off like he didn’t know. Those machines have feed rollers that get brittle and crack apart. The listing said excellent condition. I did some research and found that it will be about 170+ shipping to have the rollers redone.he gave me a fair price and I would give him that if he changed the rollers. I said the best I’d do was 150 off but he didn’t even consider it. This guy was really nice and took very good care of his machine. He started telling me all the bad things about the machine and how he mad a mistake buying it 15 years ago. He told me He didn’t need a jointer or planer anymore that he could get enough cuts or seams on the table saw. I think I made the right choice and not dump extra money in a machine that needs major parts replaced before use.What do you think?

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#6 posted 03-21-2010 04:29 PM

I purchased a Makita 15” Planer Model 2040, knowing full well that the rollers were junk. Evidently (according to everything I could find online), it’s standard to have to replace or re-cover the rollers in these machines. I bet the same material was used for the rollers in your 2030.

On the plus side, everyone seems to really like both the 2030 and 2040. It may be worth the effort to repair, considering how much it costs to get two separate machines of similar quality. Of course, it all depends on what price you can get it for. I got a great deal, but if your seller won’t come down I would wait for something else.


P.S. As for repairing used machinery, I think it’s well worth doing as a general rule. I have been doing that, and I now have some very nice American made equipment (not the planer) that works great, and I know the ins and outs of each machine.

-- I hope the volume of shavings one creates is directly related to the probablility of one's success, cuz if so I've got it made!!

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#7 posted 03-21-2010 11:16 PM

I bought my 2040 new in 1980. I’ve used a number of planers over the years in schools and other people’s shops. I haven’t found any that compare in the quality and ease of use. I did replace the rollers once and even the motor once but the machine has cost very little over it’s 30 year history given the thousands and thousands of board feet it has planed. There are a lot of planers that’ll do the job faster but then I’ve found I give back all that time and more when it comes to cleaning up the surface those other planers leave. That planer is one of the best tool investments I made over the years.

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#8 posted 03-22-2010 02:34 AM

I just had a roller recovered for my 4×132 edge sander. It was a drum 6” tall and 5” diiameter with about a half inch thick rubber coating. It cost about $110, plus shipping both ways. I am sure the rubber is not nearly as thick on those makita rollers. You might give this guy a call and see how much it would be. Real quick service too. Had it back in a week or so. Calif. to New York and back.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#9 posted 03-22-2010 11:09 AM

Thanks guys I appreciate all the information. This is the third machine I have considered for my shop in the last month. With all the pointers from you guys along with the homework I did on the internet, I haven’t found the right machine to purchase at this time. I honestly would love to find a really neat older machine to restore, but have way to many projects that I need to finish first. I understand the rollers on the 2030 are not a quick and easy removal.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#10 posted 03-29-2010 11:21 PM

New update. After thinking I wasn’t going to buy this machine and shouldn’t buy another project, I received an email from the seller. He needed the money and would except my previous offer so I negotiated 25$’s less to cover about half the gas money to drive back to his place (175 miles north of me). So yesterday, I bought the Makita jointer planer combo machine and have already removed the rollers to be sent off for recoating. I was also able to start a list of issues that need to be addressed in order to bring this machine back to life. So far no major problems, the jointer fence is held into the main casting with two small bolts. Both these bolts are striped out. This casting is aluminum and may be a difficult repair being the casting is only about a 1/4 inch thick on this section.
I feel that I studied this purchase decision thoroughly and am happy with this machine. With your used machinery purchases, make sure you consider every problem you could have and don’t always trust the sellers description of the tools condition. I plan to post pictures and blog this tools restoration. Right now I need to budget and research for these repairs and parts, it may take some time.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#11 posted 03-30-2010 12:47 AM

Congratulations on the new tool! I bought my Makita 2030 last month. Mine also needed new rollers, so I had to buy it without being able to test its cutting. I received the rollers back from Western Roller Corp last week and installed them yesterday. Now everything seems to run okay.

I think that I need to get the blades sharpened as the cut is not as smooth as I expected, but I am using 80-year-old fir for my testing (scrap I took out of my house when I refinished a room. I had no idea the wood was beautiful, but now I am going to reuse it all! The machine has almost paid for itself already.

Do you have the manual? If not, let me know and I can post a copy, as mine came with the original. Also, if you need tips on setting blade heights or anything let me know, as I have found a few resources since I bought mine while I was waiting for the rollers. The one thing that I am curious about is where replacement blades can be found. I think I saw someone post that they had bought carbide blades for this machine, which sounds interesting to me.

I hope your purchase works out as well as mine.


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#12 posted 04-17-2010 02:50 PM

Just decided to post some pics of the newest addition to my arsenal of wood weapons.



This is what the little machine looked like before I broke it down to start its restoration.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#13 posted 05-01-2010 08:37 PM

I have a Makita 2030 that I bought used 2 years ago for $450. Other than having to replace the rollers, mine is in tip top shape as yours appears to be. I used an outfit out of Atlanta to recoat the shafts with urethane.
Much, much cheaper than buying new. About $140 delivered and back to me within a week. Reinstalling is straightforward; no adjustments are needed nor can be made on the 2030. They are held in place by springs as I recall, so are self-seating. I have a poor copy of a 2030 owners manual that I’ll forward if you send me an email. The clarity isn’t good but it’s readable. It’s in Adobe format and I can’t seem to load it here.
One suggestion; I’ve placed casters on the wood runners and it makes it easy to manuever the machine around my shop. I sharpened the blades myself on a power wet stone, but I later had them professionally sharpened ($30) and the difference was amazing. Wear ear protection when using due to its high pitch squeal. I took a large box that a power washer came in and cut down one side about 6 inches to collect most of the chips that come out of the planer. Great machine! Good luck! Scott in Ocean City, Md.

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#14 posted 11-02-2010 08:47 PM

I just bought a used 2030. There’s a lot of surface rust on the jointer and planer, and there were a few acorns cached in the housing above the planer blades. But, it came with new replacement rollers and new blades for both the planer and jointer. The owner sold it all to me for $80! That’s we he had paid a few years ago. He never used the machine, but wasn’t looking to make a profit. Very impressive.

It didn’t come with a manual though. Does anyone have a copy of the manual as a pdf that they could send my way? Many thanks, in advance.

Nur in New Hampshire

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#15 posted 01-30-2011 10:48 PM

Nur, If you haven’t got a manual, I’ve got it in PDF form for the 2030N & 2030S I can send you.

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