Picked up a Makita 2030n. PM and working height?

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Forum topic by tedzap posted 09-18-2013 06:59 AM 2085 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2013 06:59 AM

First post to the forum, but have been a lurker over the years. Lots of good posts on here, thanks.

My projects are evolving and the other day I picked up a Makita 2030n planer/jointer. It is in very good condition, and came from a high school woodshop. Don’t know if the class upgraded or attendance dwindled, but the thing is more dusty than worn.

Two main questions having to do with preventative maintenance and working height.

I know that the feed rollers are problematic, they seem to come apart with age/use. Mine are still intact and pull stock nicely through the planer, but I will keep an eye on them. Should I go ahead and recover these even if they are currently functional?

I expect hardened grease to be a bigger problem than worn parts, where should I look and what grease should I use? What other maintenance items should I address before putting it to use?

It came with a small metal base, and I would like to be able to roll it around. The current jointer bed height is 34” off the ground, which seems reasonable. Is there a good low-slung rolling tool base that wouldn’t dramatically increase this height? What is an “average” ideal height for one of these?

Thanks in advance,

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