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Guswah

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11-11-2017 01:25 AM

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Using a dial indicator, there is roughly a 1/32” difference from right to left on one side of the planer table.

One of the manuals available for the old Makita 2030 purports to show users how to set up the infeed and outfeed rollers, but the inner screws don’t appear to be related. To be honest, I have a hard time understanding the diagram:

Nothing in this drawing seems to correlate with my 2030’s adjustment screws. I really just want to see how the screws on the bottom of the table actually raise or lower the four corners of the table, and once I can see that, well, it won’t take any genius to perform the adjustment.

Can anybody offer any advice?

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


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#1 posted 11-11-2017 01:37 AM

Nothing in this drawing seems to correlate with my 2030 s adjustment screws. I really just want to see how the screws on the bottom of the table actually raise or lower the four corners of the table, and once I can see that, well, it won t take any genius to perform the adjustment.
- Guswah

They don’t move the table, only the rollers. There is no way for the table to get out of alignment that I know of, and certainly no way to adjust for something that should never happen :)

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#2 posted 11-11-2017 03:05 AM

Yes, upon a closer look it’s clear that those screws move only the rollers. Based on another planer I own, I had the weird notion that there was an adjustment for the bed.

I should mention that the outermost screws do bring the outer rollers to the recommended height. All four of the inner screws appear to have bottomed out before bringing the table to the desired height. Now I’m wondering if the rollers were machined down in a prior life.

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#3 posted 11-11-2017 03:36 AM

The rods that the rollers ride on have indentations that should match up with the adjustment screws… here is a shot of them:

The four outermost screws should be M6×30 (30mm in length), and the four innermost ones are M6×40 (40mm in length), so you can measure to make sure they are correct. The rollers are set to just a gnats hair above the table as described in the manual, at 0.1 to 0.3 mm above. There should be plenty screw movement to get well above and below that amount.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#4 posted 11-11-2017 06:23 AM

A-ha, that explains it. I never had these things out when I disassembled. So I’m guessing now that the indentations visible in your photo above are not lined up. Furthermore it’s highly unlikely that my machine still has the original screws.

Tell me, when the screws are removed do the rods just pull out?

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#5 posted 11-11-2017 06:45 AM

Tell me, when the screws are removed do the rods just pull out?
- Guswah

In theory, yes. In the real world, they do but can be stubborn due to accumulated build up of gunk on the rods. Some penetrating oil helps, and you can tap them out with a wood dowel and hammer. I had a couple that required a bit more than ‘taps’ though :)

Cheers,
Brad

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

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