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Posted on Makita 2030 planer jointer help

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MrUnix

466 posts in 803 days


#1 posted 641 days ago

Still haven’t got it apart.. been lazy on it, just squirting it down with penetrating oil every day for the last month or so.. The jointer part does have two locater pins that align and hold it in place along with the bolts, meaning that it must be removed straight off to the side. Unfortunately, you can’t do that while the posts are still in place, so that is where I’m stuck at the moment as well. I fortunately have another 2030 that I’ve been using, so it hasn’t really been a pressing issue.

As for the belt replacement, I don’t believe you have to remove anything.. I’m pretty sure you can just loosen things up on each side and separate the two couplers enough to squeeze the belt between them, then re-tighten. I remember reading a post about the procedure somewhere but can’t find it at the moment. Sounds reasonable though based on what I see from my disassembly. If you already have the cutter head removed (on either side) though, it seems like you should be able to put the belt on easily.

The one good aspect of tearing both sides apart, for me at least, was that I discovered that the bearings were in really terrible shape and desperately needed replacement. If you do take it all apart, I’d recommend replacing them even if they appear to be good.. you really don’t want to go through the process again!

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid


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