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Forum topic by Guswah posted 05-19-2017 12:03 PM 3464 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Guswah

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05-19-2017 12:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: makita 2030 jointer planer restoration motor retrofitting question

I now have a Makita 2030 planer/jointer—I have yet to run it. It’s in rough condition, and like others who have posted their 2030 restoration stories here, I will probably also do a major overhaul.

That doesn’t mean that I’ll knock myself out with new paint and a total makeover, but I would like to get the machine back to good, reliable, working condition. I also know that means a heck of a lot more than a few squirts of oil.

The motor is the first concern that I have because that little devil is just about as annoying a motor as I’ve ever heard. I really don’t relish using this machine regularly before at least asking: Have other 2030 owners retrofitted a better motor on theirs?

The problem, of course, is that this model has a custom mounted motor. In a perfect world there would be improved motors with the same case and bolt configurations that just drop into place. But hey, I’m not holding my breath on that one!

I’d really appreciate hearing from anyone who’s replaced their motor or who also might have made improvements to their 2030 motors.

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MrUnix

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#1 posted 05-19-2017 10:43 PM

I have two 2030’s, and have thought about retro-fitting one with an induction motor. But that’s about as far as it ever got. I really don’t mind the noise that much, and it’s not like I’m running the thing all day long every day.

Only “improvement” I did to the motor was clean it up and replace bearings… brushes were fine. That is pretty much the only maintenance they require.

Cheers,
Brad

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runswithscissors

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#2 posted 05-20-2017 12:44 AM

All universal motors (I assume that’s what’s on your planer) are noisy, but the bulk of the noise comes from the knives. The only way to quiet that down is with a spiral or helical cutterhead. Don’t know whether those are available for your planer.

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 05-20-2017 01:05 AM

Don t know whether those are available for your planer.
- runswithscissors

Yup… you can get Shelix heads for about $1200 (~$850 for the planer) and ~$400 for the jointer)) give or take.

Cheers,
Brad

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pontic

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#4 posted 05-20-2017 01:24 AM

No way to retro fit since the coils are cast so they fit into the plainer head. It’s a good little motor. Can be rebuilt relatively easly. Converting it will require making a mounting frame and maybe a connecting gear.

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Guswah

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#5 posted 05-20-2017 06:51 PM

Thanks, gentlemen. Yes, I’m thinking that if I can find a similar RPM motor—even 220v—that I can align and retrofit, that would do it. If I’m successful, I’ll shoot a photo and post it. :)

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xxyy1988

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#6 posted 02-21-2020 03:13 PM

Guswah,

Wondering what you finally did to your motor retrofit ? My original motor is not good , am thinking about doing the same thing you planned.

Thanks

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Guswah

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#7 posted 02-22-2020 12:26 AM

Sometime shortly after posting this, my 2030’s motor began screaming as though a bearing had finally given up entirely. I was in the middle of a project and had to do something fast. I picked up a 16” planer that solved my immediate dilemma, and now my 2030 remains parked and eating up valuable space. I don’t really know what to do at this point and sure could use at least a jointer.

My worry is that taking that son-of-a-gun apart is going to eat up a week of my precious time. I do believe I have the bearings, so I might be forced to dive into it.

... or not. I was hoping to hear from others about some alternate motor that could be bought and installed. Apparently that is highly unlikely.

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MrUnix

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#8 posted 02-22-2020 01:05 AM

They are pretty simple little motors:

Cheers,
Brad

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#9 posted 12-11-2020 09:46 PM

Hey Guswah, I’m sorry to hear and read that there were no answers to help out. In case it serves of anything, I have a 2030 as well and as of yesterday, the motor burnt out, hence I am here just chipping in my 2 cents. My makita was already retrofitted with a 110v motor, specifically the one from the ridgid thickness planer R4330. The specs are hardly there for such motor and all I know is it is a 10,000 RPM, 110v, 15 amp motor. I can’t find its torque and I’ve had a hard time finding a replacement motor, heck, even the same motor but I can’t find it anywhere. If anyone who reads this knows where I can buy such motor or something similar, I would welcome the info.
As for the retrofitting, Guswah, I could mount it again and post some pictures so you can see how it was done and hopefully [if that was the case] do it yourself for your 2030.
Thank you for your attention and happy woodworking. Cheers!

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Rodango

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#10 posted 07-31-2021 07:10 PM

Is this tool direct-drive or does it run using a belt or gear arrangement?
It looks like the motor face-mounts.
If it’s belt-driven, you have some flexibility in mounting a different motor by making an adapter plate.

“C” is the most common facemount series I’ve seen. Most makers make them.
They usually have four bolt-holes with a standard spacing that’s easy to look up, once you know to look for it!
For instance, https://www.regalbeloit.com/quick-reference-motor-dimensions
54, 143, 184, 215, etc are standard frame sizes of motors.
As the number gets bigger, the length and diameter do also, as does the weight and usually the hp.

This search may help find an existing mounting solution, https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=electric+motor+conversion+from+face+mount+to+foot+plate&first=1&tsc=ImageHoverTitle

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