Makita 2030 joiner/planer

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Forum topic by quakenbush posted 06-02-2018 03:38 PM 658 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-02-2018 03:38 PM

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Hey fellow woodworkers! I am brand new to Lumber Jocks, actually this the first forum that i have ever joined and am excited to join the discussions here. I have a Makita 2030 Joiner/Planer that i found on C/L for $50.00, It runs fine, joiner works great, but the gears that raise and lower the planer bed were broken. I figured it was worth a gamble to try and fix it and the joiner was probably worth the $50.00. Anyway, i bought replacement gears and installed them and now it raises the bed smoothly, but will not lower. Cant figure out what could be causing this problem, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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#1 posted 06-02-2018 04:14 PM

Pictures would be good, especially if they show the gears/mechanism in question. Someone else here may have had the same problem or at least the same machine. Is it this one?

Seems like $50 is a good deal if you can get it to work. You replaced the gears. Does the handle turn freely or is it stuck in the raised position? Is there a retaining clip that got missed or something? Here's a parts diagram.

Hopefully Brad will see this. Here is his reply to a similar post.

Is that key in the shaft?

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#2 posted 06-02-2018 06:44 PM

Thanks Andybb, have to get my camera fixed so i can post pics in the future, my cell camera takes lousy pics. I should have inspected it further before posting, i actually found the problem, the pillars that the bed rises and lowers on had some burrs and a little rust in a few places. I took it back apart and sanded the pillars with some fine sandpaper wiped them down with some grease and when i put it back together it worked beautifully. While i was under there though i found out the feed rollers are in pretty bad shape, a lot of rust on them and they are going to need replaced or resurfaced. I contacted Western roller co. for a quote, have seen other posts where people have used them, don’t want to have to replace them if i can help it, from my research they cost over $200.00 each. Thanks for the quick response though, God Bless.

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#3 posted 06-02-2018 06:48 PM

Andybb, by the way, yes the pic you posted is the same one that i have, thanks again.

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#4 posted 06-02-2018 10:36 PM

”...don’t want to have to replace them if i can help it, from my research they cost over $200.00 each.”

WOW! They must have really taken a hike in price. Seems I did both rollers in my 4020 for a lot less but it has been at least three years ago.

I wouldn’t do it for $400, + shipping to and from, on a 2030. I think I would look into a benchtop planer. Just my 2¢

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#5 posted 06-02-2018 11:00 PM

Yeah, i’m not going to spend that much on it. I might be wrong on the price, will have to do some more research to make sure i’m looking at the right part, hard to be sure looking at the schematics i’ve seen on line. I was planning on getting a rigid bench top planer because they come with a lifetime warranty and are kind of the mid price range for bench top models, but i just love these older models, they seem to have been built better and for 50 bucks thought it would be worth restoring, but not so easy to find parts for them. I lucked out a couple weeks ago and found a 1976 craftsman contractors saw on C/L for free, just needed some cleaning and new blade works great, much better than the old craftsman plastic & aluminum portable i had been using. Slowly trying to upgrade tools as i get closer to retirement, planning on doing a lot of woodworking, but don’t have the budget for the expensive upgrades and my skill level doesn’t warrant buying them anyway, ha,ha!

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#6 posted 06-22-2018 01:33 AM

Hi, long time looker, first time poster.

First of all, great find and I hope you can solve your roller problem as they don’t seem to build tools like this anymore. Secondly, and I don’t mean to hijack your thread or anything of that nature, I’m very interested if you decide you want to part ways with this tool.

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#7 posted 06-23-2018 08:39 PM

PLHS54 , Hey, welcome to the forum. I am a newbie as well, this was my first post. I may have found a solution to my problem, i found a guy on youtube that had the same machine that i have and he bought a automobile heater hose with the inside diameter a little smaller and using 4 hr. epoxy as a lubricant/adhesive he put it on the roller, after the epoxy set up he chucked it in his drill press and used a sanding belt to hone it down to 1.5” outside diameter and then epoxied another heater hose over that one. when the epoxy had set he turned it again to the correct diameter which according to him for this model was 1.75”. he was only able to get it down to 1.90”, but said it worked like new and actually fed the wood through a little faster. Think it might be worth a try, only cost him $35 for both rollers. As for selling the machine, I think i’ll be keeping it, but i will save your handle in case i ever change my mind. Have a great day, and keep posting.

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