A few months back I picked up a Makita 2030N combination planer/jointer and I’m finally getting around to refurbishing it. The machine is in good condition overall but being 30 plus years old has some issues that I need to correct. The first thing I found was that the knives were as dull as marbles and the previous owner had them set way too low. After removing, cleaning and sharpening the knives I re-installed them at the proper height. There is a thin hold down that has two springs that keep the knives snug enough to set them without tightening the gibs too much, very helpful device. I also like the way the knives are made with a mild steel back and the tool steel cutting edge inset to it. The soft back makes honing easier.
The second issue is not so easily resolved. The urethane feed rollers are glazed and as head as plastic, no grip whatsoever. To compound the problem they are also so worn that by the time you get them to make good contact with the workpiece the chipbreaker is pinning it to the bed like Hulk Hogan. As you can imagine it will not feed more than a few inches before the board stops. Now I must say if I push the board through the sharpened knives this planer produces the finest surface I have seen straight from the knives of any planer. Very Nice. I’m really needing to get those feed rollers recovered and that’s where the problem comes in. I can’t figure out how to remove the drive sprocket from the feed roller assembly. It has a retaining ring, I took that off but the sprocket will not budge. Having learned the foolishness of getting all gorilla with things I don’t really understand and trashing them in the process I am turning you my fellow Lumberjocks. Any information on this procedure (which Makita left completely out of the manual) would be greatly appreciated.
As time goes on I will post links where you can view the progress just don’t look for pretty. I don’t want it to look like new, I want it to work like new. After all the work it produces is the real measure of a machines worth and being a little long in tooth myself I kinda like ‘em looking broke in. Look forward to hearing from you all and thanks in advance. Tony Wilson