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Forum topic by Tater1117 posted 09-13-2021 09:26 PM 241 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-13-2021 09:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: makita 2030 makita jointer planer jointer planer vintage machinery vintage tools replacement parts question

I recently picked up a Makita 2030. It’s my first major machine and I want it to outlast me. I’d love nothing more than to pass it down. Since parts become obsolete, I’m worried parts won’t be available when I’ll need them in the future. Instead of waiting to get replacements when they go out, does it make sense to stock up on parts most likely to wear out? What parts would be best to buy more of? When do you call it quits on your older machinery you don’t want to get rid of?

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#1 posted 09-13-2021 11:11 PM

Every machine wears differently but if you’re concerned about longevity, the first thing to do is learn the maintenance schedule of your machine, buy the appropriate lubricants and make sure moving parts are lubricated as needed. Do that and it’s very unlikely you’ll wear out your machine within a lifetime.

An extra set of blades is always nice. One for the machine and one to send out for sharpening.

Rubber rollers get old and wear out but those can be re-coated and don’t need replacing.

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#2 posted 09-14-2021 01:17 AM

Fortunately belts and bearings are usually generic. The killers are usually little plastic gears.

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#3 posted 09-15-2021 05:45 AM

There isn’t a lot of things that can go south on these machines. The most common problem is the feed rollers, but they can be recovered at places like Western Roller for cheaper than buying NOS, and will last longer than the original covering.

The only item I could think might be worthwhile to keep a spare of is the drive belt. It’s kind of an odd-ball size and can prove difficult to track down.

Bearings are all stock off the shelf items, except for the plain bearings that the feed rollers ride in. Those are just solid metal blocks with a hole in them though, and all you need to do to maintain them is give them a squirt of grease every now and then. The feed rollers don’t rotate fast, so those bearings would take a very long time to distort even if not greased.

Basically, the machine is built like a tank and pretty much indestructible. Keep it lubed and replace the ball bearings (including in the motor) every 10 years or so, and you should be good to go! There are a lot of parts involved in the machine (only one is plastic!), but most are common hardware items.


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