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11-17-2016 08:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer jointer makita hammer

Came across these two machines while looking for a planer on CL. Seller on the Makita is looking for $900 and the Hammer is $1500. Anything I should be asking myself as I consider going to look at these machines. More that what I was originally looking at but starting to equip a new workshop and want to get something that will be versatile enough to handle most any project I can throw at it.


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#1 posted 11-17-2016 08:57 PM

I’ve seen one of those Hammers in person, it’s
a real nice machine and $1500 is not a bad
price at all for a combo with its features.

The Makita is an ok machine but the rubber
rollers wear out and are costly to replace and
also it doesn’t have much power, being a 110v
machine manufactured for use on Japanese
construction sites. It is also loud with a high-pitched
universal motor.

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#2 posted 11-17-2016 09:17 PM

I’ve got the Makita (Model 2030) and love it so much I actually have two :)

There are some significant differences between the two machines however. The Makita has separate cutter heads for the planer and jointer, so there is no ‘switch over’ time between using both. That means you can go straight from jointing to planing without missing a beat. It also has some of the easiest to install knives on the planet, needing only a couple of hardwood blocks to set them. The only real complaint that I’ve heard, and experienced, is that the rubber drive rollers will disintegrate over time and will need to be re-covered. Fortunately, there are a bunch of places, like Western Roller that will do that for much cheaper than buying replacement rollers (and with better material). Cost is about $75 a roller, while replacement rollers from Makita are upwards of around $200 a piece.

The other major difference is that the Hammer can theoretically joint up to 12” stock, while the Makita can only do 6”. Oddly enough, the Makita also has much longer jointer tables (by almost a foot). Both can do 12” when used as a thickness planer.

Having said that, $900 is a pretty high price for that Makita unless it is in outstanding condition and has already had it’s feed rollers re-covered. I can’t really comment on the Hammer price as I’ve never used one in person, and can only go by what I’ve seen others write about it. $1500 seems to be about half what a new one would cost unless it has the helix cutterhead.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: Just for reference, I bought one 2030 in pretty rough shape for $150, and the second one, which was in mint condition and needed nothing but it’s knives sharpened, for $300 and a 3 hour drive.

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#3 posted 11-17-2016 10:11 PM

While waiting for approval of my first post I kind of found enough info to tell me the Hammer was the better deal of the two. Unfortunately I’m 3rd in line right now (including the first guy that showed up in a Subaru to try to pick up this beast of a machine). Hoping the others fall through.

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#4 posted 11-17-2016 10:44 PM

I have a Makita 2030 and love it. Wish it were bigger of course but definitely a solid machine.

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#5 posted 11-17-2016 10:54 PM

This is the Makita that is listed for $900.

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#6 posted 11-17-2016 11:05 PM

That ^^^^ is definitely a 2030.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: I’m selling my completely restored one if you are interested :)

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#7 posted 11-18-2016 05:31 PM

@MrUnix … based on your previous message, $900 is way too much for the machine it sounds like?

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#8 posted 11-18-2016 05:40 PM

It looks in nice condition but the rollers are
probably going bad. I’d say $400-500 if
you can accept the machine as is. I’ve
seen them for sale from $350-$700 in
general.

I had one once where I could never get
the planer table to move… I got it free
so no complaints. I eventually sold it to
a fellow who was familiar with them and
was willing to really tear it down to solve
the problem. They made a table saw attachment
for the other side, too. It’s very rare in
the states.

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#9 posted 11-18-2016 05:48 PM

$900 seems high. I bought mine for $600 and the rollers had already been replaced. Once the rollers have been replaced once they are likely good for close to forever.

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#10 posted 11-18-2016 08:37 PM

@MrUnix … based on your previous message, $900 is way too much for the machine it sounds like?
- nfc911

I don’t know about ‘way too much’, but it is on the high side IMHO. Of course, a lot depends on location, how much competition you have, and what kind of condition it’s in… those machines are well regarded by their owners, and rarely show up for sale. And when they do, they usually don’t stay for sale very long. In areas where there are large cities nearby (thus lots of competition), the price will tend to be a bit higher because of that.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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