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MrUnix

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789 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: makita 2030 makita parts question

Hoping someone here can help me out! I’m Looking for pointers to locate an obsolete part for the Makita 2030 planer I’m restoring.. specifically the chain tensioner which somehow went missing and was gone when I bought the machine. eReplacementParts had them listed as available, so I placed an order with them only to find out 3 weeks later that they are no longer available (same deal with the “bellows”, although I can live without them if need be :) I’ve checked all the other various after market suppliers (and even Makita themselves) with no luck either. FYI: Part number for the tensioner is 163112-1 (and the two bellows are P/N# 411783-1).

I’m pretty sure that the tensioner is required and the chain will skip under load if missing, so it’s kind of a critical part. I have already sunk a bunch of money into the machine for new drive rollers, bearings and various other misc. parts, so I’m not willing to give up on it just yet :) I guess my last resort would be to fabricate up something, but I would rather have the correct OEM parts if at all possible.

Anyone?

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid


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Loren

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#1 posted 789 days ago

Keep your eyes open for a donor machine. Those machines
have a couple of weak links and broken ones can be acquired
very cheaply on occasion. They are good machines but the
new benchtop planers have made them comparatively costly
to maintain without the boost in power you get when you
go to a 220 volt machine.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#2 posted 789 days ago

Keep an eye out like Loren said. I had to watch on eBay for a chain tensioner for a Stihl MS880 one time so I didn’t have to wait for them to ship it from Europe. I ended up with both, but eBay is a great source for parts for old tools.

You could also try calling Makita’s call center:

http://www.makita.com/en-us/Modules/Service/NationalCallCenter.aspx

Maybe they can point you in the right direction. That, or find a specialty power tools store. Sometimes they have replacement parts that are just sitting on the shelf or know of unlisted parts suppliers who can help.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 787 days ago

Thanks guys, but I’ve tried all that stuff! Been watching e-bay for months and the same three parts keep coming up, and two of them are for the HP2030 hammer drill! Contacted Makitas service center and found no joy there; they told me to check e-bay!!! Have contacted all sorts of parts suppliers on both sides of the pond and even a place in Russia and nobody has one sitting on the shelf. I check CL every day and 2030’s rarely show up.. and if they do, they are either fully working machines (lots of $$$) or too far away to ship (other side of the country!).

I’m pretty much resigned to the notion of fabricating up something to work as a replacement. If anyone with a 2030 could possibly take a picture of the tensioner and provide some measurements, that would get me started and be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#4 posted 787 days ago

Check suppliers in Hawaii.

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MrUnix

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#5 posted 787 days ago

Check suppliers in Hawaii.

LOL – might as well.. tried everywhere else!

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#6 posted 787 days ago

There’s a reason. A lot of Makita and Hitachi machines found their
way from Japan to Hawaii. I’m not sure if they were popular
shipboard machines or if their portability (by 1970s standards)
made them more suitable for the island shops or maybe their
comparative lighter weight compared with heavy iron machines
shipped from the US mainland made them attractive to buyers
there.

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TrBlu

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#7 posted 787 days ago

Here are a couple sources I use.

www.toolsandmachinery.com

www.toolpartsdirect.com

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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559dustdesigns

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#8 posted 787 days ago

I have a 2030 that I’ve had for a while. I tore it a part to restore it but I haven’t worked on it in a long time.
give me a few days and I’ll see what I can come up with to help you.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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MrUnix

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#9 posted 772 days ago

Still keeping my eye out for an OEM part, but until then I guess I will have to fabricate up a suitable replacement. If anyone with a 2030 can give me a couple of measurements and maybe a picture, it would help greatly! The tensioner doesn’t look too difficult to replicate, and I might even be able to re-purpose a bicycle tensioner if I knew the right size. For reference, it is part #61 in the diagram below:

Any tips appreciated!

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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joebloe

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#10 posted 772 days ago

http://www.ereplacementparts.com/ check out this site,they do list a 2030 makita planer.I have bought parts from them in the past for a couple of sanders and got good service.

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MrUnix

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#11 posted 771 days ago

Thanks John.. but go up and read my first post! ereplacements.com had the tensioner and bellows listed as available, so I placed an order with them for those and some other parts. After 3 weeks of waiting, they contacted me to say the bellows were no longer available and I was SOL. After another ~2+ weeks, they contacted me again to let me know that the tensioner was also no longer available. Finally, after almost 2 months of waiting, I got the rest of the parts delivered. Since then, I’ve checked with Makita directly and just about every online parts supplier there is. I’ve also scoured craigslist, e-bay and other online auction sites but have not had any luck. I will continue looking, but for now I need to get the machine working.. so making a reasonable replacement part is about the only choice I have until I can find the OEM part.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#12 posted 771 days ago

Sorry Brad,I’ll read better next time.I have been checking other supplers and they all say that the part is obsolete or unavialable.If you have some one that could fabricate one will probably be your best option.Good Luck.

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#13 posted 764 days ago

OMG – Now I have TWO!!

While searching for the ever elusive $17 obsolete part, I kept getting distracted by complete machines popping up for sale here and there. I was searching all of the US (and more), so these machines were mostly in places much to far to even consider, and the asking prices were way more than I was willing to spend. I just needed this one stupid part.. not a complete working machine that was demanding top dollar.

Well, after many months on this quest, I ran across a complete machine that was almost sort of kind of local (275 miles one way!), and priced much less than any others I had seen in my many months of looking. This is the picture the PO sent me when I contacted him:

Long story short; After a 5 hour drive south in pouring rain, an exchange of cash and handshakes and a 5 hour drive back north in pouring rain, I unloaded my new old Makita 2030 from the back of the truck and set it next to my old old Makita 2030. Here is the kicker.. the new one is absolutely complete and barely used. I bought it from the second owner who claimed he had only used it once or twice, and said the original owner was just a hobbyist and didn’t use it much either. I opened up the gear cover and the thing looked like brand new and spotless.. just a couple of specks of sawdust on the bottom along with a spindly spider web. Amazingly, the rollers are all original and in perfect condition, no deterioration at all! The blades don’t look like they have ever been used and the rubber bellows on the uprights are in perfect shape. This ain’t no ‘donor’ machine!

So now I at least have access to the parts I am missing on my other machine, and can make duplicates from them (or at least reasonable functional copies). My plan at this point is to put the new urethane feed rollers in the good machine and use it in the shop. I doesn’t really need new rollers, but I’m sure the new urethane ones will last much longer than the originals. The other machine is in a zillion parts waiting for sand blasting and paint. I am hoping that once I get it back together and complete, I can sell it off to help offset all the money I’ve spent on trying to find the $17 part :-) Well.. that’s the plan.. but it’s all theoretical at this point!!!

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#14 posted 764 days ago

Beware of tilting at windmills. You may win by your own
standards but the windmill doesn’t care.

...same with old machinery.

Glad it worked out for you..

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#15 posted 764 days ago

Well I have to say it looks like you have picked up a good one in this new one. I’ve only had mine for a few months and have to say I love it. I really wish someone was making something similar today because I really do believe that it is the killer small shop combo machine. Oh If you did not know you can use the 2030N Jointer blades and the 2030N planer blades if you grind them down on each end slightly.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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