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Forum topic by Guswah posted 05-19-2017 12:03 PM 972 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Guswah

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05-19-2017 12:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: makita 2030 jointer planer restoration motor retrofitting question

I now have a Makita 2030 planer/jointer—I have yet to run it. It’s in rough condition, and like others who have posted their 2030 restoration stories here, I will probably also do a major overhaul.

That doesn’t mean that I’ll knock myself out with new paint and a total makeover, but I would like to get the machine back to good, reliable, working condition. I also know that means a heck of a lot more than a few squirts of oil.

The motor is the first concern that I have because that little devil is just about as annoying a motor as I’ve ever heard. I really don’t relish using this machine regularly before at least asking: Have other 2030 owners retrofitted a better motor on theirs?

The problem, of course, is that this model has a custom mounted motor. In a perfect world there would be improved motors with the same case and bolt configurations that just drop into place. But hey, I’m not holding my breath on that one!

I’d really appreciate hearing from anyone who’s replaced their motor or who also might have made improvements to their 2030 motors.

-- A woodworker's skill is usually proportional to the number of clamps he possesses.


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 05-19-2017 10:43 PM

I have two 2030’s, and have thought about retro-fitting one with an induction motor. But that’s about as far as it ever got. I really don’t mind the noise that much, and it’s not like I’m running the thing all day long every day.

Only “improvement” I did to the motor was clean it up and replace bearings… brushes were fine. That is pretty much the only maintenance they require.

Cheers,
Brad

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runswithscissors

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#2 posted 05-20-2017 12:44 AM

All universal motors (I assume that’s what’s on your planer) are noisy, but the bulk of the noise comes from the knives. The only way to quiet that down is with a spiral or helical cutterhead. Don’t know whether those are available for your planer.

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 05-20-2017 01:05 AM

Don t know whether those are available for your planer.
- runswithscissors

Yup… you can get Shelix heads for about $1200 (~$850 for the planer) and ~$400 for the jointer)) give or take.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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pontic

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#4 posted 05-20-2017 01:24 AM

No way to retro fit since the coils are cast so they fit into the plainer head. It’s a good little motor. Can be rebuilt relatively easly. Converting it will require making a mounting frame and maybe a connecting gear.

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Guswah

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#5 posted 05-20-2017 06:51 PM

Thanks, gentlemen. Yes, I’m thinking that if I can find a similar RPM motor—even 220v—that I can align and retrofit, that would do it. If I’m successful, I’ll shoot a photo and post it. :)

-- A woodworker's skill is usually proportional to the number of clamps he possesses.

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