Makita 2030 blade direction

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Forum topic by Guswah posted 09-13-2017 11:03 PM 949 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-13-2017 11:03 PM

Don’t laugh. I should know what direction the blades spin. But I acquired my Makita 2030 from an estate sale, and most of the head had been disassembled by the deceased owner. I presume he was going to refurbish or whatever.

The first mistake I made was to try the motor to see if it worked—with no blades installed. Immediately there was smoke, noise, and general chaos as the blade holders slapped the living daylights out of everything around them. I was able to buy a few new ones to replace the ones wrecked in that little experiment, but without blades, I’m still not able to see what direction the shaft spins.

I’m at the stage now where I’m ready to install the blades. I have no operator’s manual. I note from a YouTube video that operators feed stock into the jointer in the OPPOSITE direction from the planer feed. Well, that’s interesting. And very confusing because obviously they share the same shaft and blade orientation.

So my question is which way do the blades face when installed? With the beveled edge facing the planer infeed table—or the opposite way? Also, was there ever a custom blade height set-up tool manufactured with this machine?

-- A woodworker's skill is usually proportional to the number of clamps he possesses.

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#1 posted 09-14-2017 01:21 AM
When your standing in front of the machne, the cutter head will be pushing the board back at you.

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#2 posted 09-14-2017 01:31 AM

The manual Richard linked to above is the wrong one – that is for the 2030N, which is a completely different animal. The manual for the 2030 can be found here: Makita 2030 Planer-Jointer Instruction Manual
(located on the Canadian Makita web site here)

Also, was there ever a custom blade height set-up tool manufactured with this machine?

Yes… two hardwood blocks (Approx: 3/4”x3/4”x5”) You can make your own, it’s just two pieces of wood. This machine has about the easiest to change kinves on the planet. See the diagrams in the manual for directions.


PS: the directions of feed change because for the jointer, the cutter-head is under the wood, for the planer, it’s above the wood.

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