Makita 2030 Planer Blades

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Forum topic by Smitty316 posted 11-06-2013 03:46 PM 2177 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2013 03:46 PM

Hi folks,

This is my first entry on this blog. I have an old Makita 2030 Planer-Jointer that I’ve used for years. At this time I need to sharpen the blades, but I don’t feel like I’ve used it that much to make them as dull as they are. Since they are as old as they are, I’m wondering if they could be annealed or softened, from use. I’m wondering if I should just buy new blades or if that would be a waste of money.

When I run a board through it, the board slides across the table to the left, and there is a slight taper across the width of the board. The blades are worn worse in the middle. When I put a straight edge across it, I can slip a .006 feeler gauge between the blade and the straight edge. I’m assuming this is accounting for the slight taper and the slide across the table?

Thanks, Smitty

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#1 posted 11-06-2013 03:57 PM

Normally Japan style planers have slots in the blades
and you can adjust the protrusion from the cutterhead.
Likely your blades are not aligned accurately with the
cutterhead body. If the cutterhead shaft has go
out of parallel with the planer bed, that could be
a problem not so easily resolved.

If painted or dirty wood is run through a planer,
or man-made boards like plywood, that can really
wear the blades down prematurely.

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#2 posted 11-06-2013 08:42 PM

Your blades need to be straight.. if they are worn in the middle like you say, you really need to take them in to be sharpened and straightened. Be sure to mention the uneven wear when you take them in so they can address the problem while grinding. If you do want to get new blades, I have not been able to find stock replacement blades for the 2030, but have read that you can get 2030N blades and grind a bit off of each end to make them fit. You should also check your feed rollers, as that could be the cause of your ‘sliding to the left’ problem. The original rollers are famous for deterioriating over time and the bearings will wear unevenly if not properly lubricated. Rollers can be recovered at places like Western Roller, and the bearings can be obtained from varous aftermarket parts sites like


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#3 posted 11-06-2013 09:02 PM

Thank you Brad! I’ve seen from searching that the 2030N can be found much cheaper. Are they 12 1/2” or how much needs to be ground off ? Is there a good link to the best way to grind them off? I’d tend to use my side grinder with a slitting disk on it and try to keep it from over heating.

I’d appreciate advice on this.

Thanks you, Smitty

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