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Forum topic by danob posted 03-04-2011 02:35 AM 3860 views 1 time favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2011 02:35 AM

Does anybody know how to change the main drive belt on one of these units? Is it neccesary to remove the entire jointer assembly-table?
dan brown

-- dannyb

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#1 posted 03-13-2011 06:22 AM

Good evening, Danob-
Since I am just in the middle of putting my Makita 2030 back together, I feel comfortable adding my thoughts to your question. I searched high and low online and could not find any info on how to do it so I took the leap to try to figure it out myself. Since everything was wrong with the one I had just bought off Craigslist for $100.00, I started by taking the knives off for sharpening, then I dropped the feeder rollers to replace the block bearings on one of them. Since the main bearing had frozen up, they were next… so removed one end of the joiner table, tipped the machine up on end and went to work. Starting with the joiner side, I removed the manual turn nob, then the end (bearing) cap.
Now, you can learn from my mistake! I dug into the other side with prybars, screwdrivers and tire irons without luck. Went on line to for help removing a bearing. Tried heat from my torch- no good, but I stunk up the place pretty good. Getting ready for the abrasive disc cut off when I saw a video about using a air powered jackhammer and chisel to encourage the bearing to come out of it’s housing. Now, the important part!
There is an allen screw holding the fan belt flywheel to the shaft. Make sure you unscrew that first and don’t loose the key the allen screw holds down. Also, there is a allen screw on the connector which holds it all together, along with another key. If I had known they were there and loosened them, I could have made my job a lot easier. As it is, I feel lucky I didn’t really bang something up that was not fixable. I had the local Makita service center press on the 4 new bearing for $12.00- each bearing was about 10.00 for for $50 bucks or so, I was on my way. Good luck to you on your repair.

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 07:10 PM

Thanks TD
I also simply went for it and found that by loosening those two allen keys that I could remove the jointer blade assembly and get the flywheel and the connector assembly separated enough to slide the belt through between the two. It helped when I found this website with a clear exploded view of the parts.
Thanks again,

-- dannyb

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