Makita 2040 400mm 15" planner

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Forum topic by Cummings posted 01-13-2019 03:16 AM 391 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2019 03:16 AM

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Hello everyone I have just purchased a Makita model 2040 planer and I kind of took a gamble on it and I was wondering if there was any sort of table or bed locks that would prevent this thing from raising and lowering? It has been sitting in a warehouse for probably 20 years so the posts are a little rusty which I’ve cleaned up but I still can’t get it to budge.

Thanks Mr. Cummings

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#1 posted 01-13-2019 03:51 AM

No locks… they are most likely just rusted/grunged up. Lots of penetrating oil over a couple of days should get it moving again.


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#2 posted 01-13-2019 04:42 AM

Makita 2040 came from factory with ‘stop’ ring part #53 on parts list clamped to one post. Plan was to use it as stop to plane all lumber to same thickness. This would prevent the table from going up, but not down. If table is fully down, then look for ring with wing nut clamp bolt on one of columns.

The height mechanism is in middle of planer, under the bed. Uses 90 degree pinion on screw lift. So be sure to check the pressure on handle creates any tension or movement of the screw? Getting penetrating oil into that space if table is fully down will be a challenge. May have to partially tear down the lift mechanism or detach it from underside of table and manually lift table up out of way.

Don’t own one, can’t help more. Had manuals on hand as I looked into buying one of those last year and decided against due asking price .vs condition.

Best Luck.

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#3 posted 01-13-2019 02:05 PM

While the table is down, I would spend a few minutes checking out the feed rollers. If they are gummy soft feeling you will most likely need to get them redone. Hope you can get the planer going again.

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