From what I’ve read, the makita 2040 planer seems to be one of those well built machines that keeps on running year after year well after many other name brands have bit the dust. I bought this on CL for $65 dollars and its gonna need a lot of work to get it up to my standards. The $65 will only be a drop in the bucket when I’m done with it… shhh!!! don’t tell my wife.
The 400mm is equivalent to a 15 1/2” planer.
First things first, I have to get the feed rollers out.
The biggest complaint w/ this planer is that the rollers turn into cheese after a few years and the replacements cost $253 each! I found out that you can have them recovered with a much better material for about $100 each.
Here’s whats left of the rubber on one:
Here’s one cleaned up ready for recovering. The one on top is the “good” one if you can say that.
I was worried that one of the bearing blocks could have worn through and then the shaft would be eaten away, necessitating a full roller replacement. This one wasn’t worn through, but the bearing block seems to have developed grooves which have started to grind away at the shaft. Also note that 20 year old grease in the blocks made it almost impossible to turn, let alone remove. WD40 did wonders in freeing it up.
Here’s the offending bearing block. Notice the ridge that was the source of the groove.
Removing the rollers was a bit tricky as I kept stripping the screws holding the bearing blocks in place. Luckily one of my best investments ever was the Alden ProGrabit set. It really does work like what you see in the infomercials.
Anyone know how to remove the silver knob which lets you turn the cutter head? (yes I will remove the screw first) It looks like it might thread onto the cutter head shaft. It might be catastrophic if I try to torque it off and it turns out that I should have used a gear/pulley puller.