Makita 2040 planer

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Forum topic by 57chevy posted 08-06-2013 07:55 AM 1890 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2013 07:55 AM

I just acquired a Makita 2040 planer in fair condition. The main problem so far is the table seems to be stuck. There is some rust on the columns and I’m afraid that is the reason the table will not move. I have not found a lock on the table so if there is one that might be the reason that it will not move. I was hoping that I could get some advise on whether I will need to take it apart and resurface the columns somehow. I know the infeed rollers are usually in bad shape but these look to OK. Any advice is greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 08-06-2013 01:30 PM

If that’s the one with the four legs with a plastic tube covering them, crank on the front left, and a rod in the middle that pushes it up/down, then here’s what I had to do when I had my rusted one:

I cranked hard as I could to get it to move up a smidgen. That revealed a line on all the tubes where the rust stopped.
Wiped all the trash off the big acme screw underneath in the middle, sprayed lubricant on that.
Pulled the plastic covers down as far as I could and sprayed Pb Blaster on the metal tubes and then sanded them with 400 grit sandpaper, wiped down and sprayed with lubricant.

And if you follow the bar behind the crank, IIRC you should find a right-angle gear somewhere near that big screw in the middle. It too may be filled with cr@p and need blasted out.

I don’t remember there being any lock for the up/down, just the one up top to lock the cutterhead when changing knives.

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#2 posted 08-14-2013 07:07 PM

Yes that worked Thanks

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#3 posted 10-28-2014 01:56 PM

I’m looking at one of these in good condition that has a built in vacuum system. Asking $400. Thoughts?

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