Makita 2040 Handle Supporter

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Forum topic by goldfinger54 posted 09-14-2012 04:04 PM 1307 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-14-2012 04:04 PM

I am trying to locate part # 311433-7/Handle Supporter for a friend of mine. I have exhausted all searches and hope someone on this site can assist me in recovering this part for him and his planer. It seems everything is available except this particular part. I am able and willing to purchase this part for him so he can get back to doing what he loves most, Wood Working.

Other parts he needs are the handwheel and associated parts/ nuts, bolts, to connect the handwheel to the handle shaft. If you have these parts and are willing to sell them, I will purchase them also.

By the way, he is 76 and does not want to part with this machine.

Thanks, goldfinger54,

P.S. I actually went to look at this planer and he also needs the two gears to make this part of the planer go up and down.

Items 94 & 97. 221317-0 STRAIGHT BEVEL GEAR 16, according to schematic

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#1 posted 01-25-2017 11:04 PM

I wonder if you’re 80+ year old friend (it’s been 4+ years since your post) still needs that Makita 2040 Handle Supporter….? I would message you, but I need 5 posts to do so. I too need said part and am considering having a casting made.

So I thought I would fish around to see if it was worth making several of them for other folks in need.
It’s kind of an odd part to need. I broke this part on the planer trying to unfreeze the table from being stuck after years of sitting. I emptied an entire can of PB Blaster into the legs/table over a month’s time with loads of tapping to encourage penetration with no result. Getting more leverage than the up/down crank allowed led me to pipe wrenches which led to breaking this cast iron part in addition to stripping aluminum gears. And the table still didn’t move! Not even a little! Finally a 5 lbs sledge hammer came into play after I had disassembled the gears/handle support beneath the frozen table. Satisfying to get it moving again, but now I have to put it back together with a broken cast iron piece labeled “obsolete” or “discontinued” at all the parts supply stores. JB Weld did not work even after grinding v-notches along the crack in the casting to ensure more adhesion surface. Some research on the Vintage Machinery page and I found a list of three places that do small one-off castings if you send them a pattern. Well, I can epoxy this piece back together and use it as a pattern. Anyone out there in the miasma want to piggyback and get this piece, reply to this post if you have less than 5 posts yourself, or message me if you’re a 5 post oldie-but-a-goodie. Thanks.

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#2 posted 01-25-2017 11:28 PM

Well, I can epoxy this piece back together and use it as a pattern.

Then you should be able to take it to a welder and have them braze it. Considerably cheaper than having a new casting made.


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#3 posted 02-09-2017 03:24 PM

Well MrUnix,
Thanks for the kick in the pants. I got the part brazed like you said and it was only $60 and met a nice fellow to boot who might fabricate a new sugaring pan for the Maple season up here in Vermont. I got the table raising and lowering well now on the Makita 2040, just got to get the infeed outfeed rollers in line. The adjustment screws don’t seem to do anything… I’m trying to build cabinetry for my kitchen and the planer is turning out to be a bottleneck. I love an old burly machine, but if I’d known all of the time and money I’d be sinking into this machine, I probably would have bought a new tabletop version.
But think of all that I’m learning!

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