Makita 2030 Restoration

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Forum topic by Brazz04 posted 10-03-2017 01:43 AM 338 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-03-2017 01:43 AM

Just wanted to post some pictures of my Makita 2030 restoration and give a few tips on anyone that may be restoring one! It was in pretty rough shape when I got it but had almost all the pieces still on it. I got most of the planer specific parts from so that’s a great source for parts. When I bought it, it was missing the crank handle for the planer portion and for the life of me I was unable to find a replacement, so I took a gamble on and bought the crank handle for a 2040 and thankfully it was an exact fit! A big thanks to MrUnix for getting me through the disassembly and working with the roll pins. I used some rust remover on the heavily rusted parts and that seemed to really eat the rust off in quick order. I used Rustoleum Hammered Verde Green and put a new coat of paint on everything. I am only missing the guard for the jointer side so if anyone has any information on where I could find one please let me know!

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 10-03-2017 01:55 AM

Good job on the restore… and nice to know about the 2040 handwheel. I really disliked the plastic (which is the only thing plastic on the whole machine), so I just wound up making one out of wood on the lathe, complete with the little spinner handle :)

As for the jointer guard – I’ve looked everywhere for one without success… they certainly are made out of unobtanium. Fortunately, I have the OEM one on my other 2030, so I’m going to make one out of wood using it as a pattern. More or less the last thing I need to do on my restore.


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

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#2 posted 10-03-2017 02:58 AM

Very Cool! I like to see these old machines restored! Would love to eventually get one. Keep it up! DMiller

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#3 posted 10-04-2017 06:10 PM

I just finished up the dust collection to match what I have on my table saw station. I just made a manifold out of aluminum for the planer side and made a similar duct on the jointer side.

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#4 posted 10-04-2017 06:22 PM

That came out really nice. Good job!

-- Chem, Central California

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#5 posted 10-05-2017 01:09 PM

Very nice…..I have seen a couple of those in use, but it has been a while, people i knew that had them were very happy with em

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#6 posted 10-05-2017 01:41 PM

That looks like a really great machine. It must be fairly unique – I’ve never seen any large stationary Makita equipment. Maybe that’s just me. Do they make any other large machinery?

-- Pete

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#7 posted 10-11-2017 02:08 PM

I’ve been adding the final touches to the Makita, and now have a wixey WR550 installed on the machine. I still need to calibrate it but it seems to be functioning properly for now! I also bought new blades for both the jointer and planer sides of the machine. I figure its worth asking, does anyone know of anywhere to find the planer blades for the 2030 rather than having to cut down the 2030N blades?

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