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Forum topic by telrite posted 11-30-2013 07:18 PM 1692 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2013 07:18 PM

I have just installed a spiral cutter head on the jointer and planer side of a Makita 2030. The planer side works great but on the jointer side when I run a board over it it cuts until it comes in contact with the out feed table and then stops. It is like the out feed table is too high. I can not see how you can lower the out feed table.
Any suggestions
Is it ever quiet in comparison


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#1 posted 11-30-2013 07:50 PM

If the outfeed table is non-adjustable on your model, that could be a major problem. I have heard that the diameters of spiral heads can be slightly different than straight knife cutterheads, so a changeover would likely need some adjustments.
Finding an owners manual would be a good place to start. Most jointers allow you to adjust the outfeed table height with dovetail ways (or lobed cams on parallelogram models). has a schematic. It looks like the adjustment knob in under the far side of the outfeed table.

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#2 posted 11-30-2013 10:01 PM

i looked and i don’t think the out feed table is adjustable on the 2030 as it appears to be bolted solid to the frame but maybe i am missing something

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#3 posted 11-30-2013 10:15 PM

I have to agree it doesn’t look adjustable, in that diagram it looks to be part of the same casting that holds the cutterhead. Is there any way you can shim the bearings of the cutterhead up to make it even with the outfeed table? It may help to try and measure how much you have to move it.

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#4 posted 11-30-2013 10:20 PM

I don’t think t can be shimmed as the bearing holds are part of the casting. I email the company I bought them from for suggestions. I hope he can help but it does not look good

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#5 posted 11-30-2013 10:29 PM

When I installed the Shelix head in my Powermatic jointer, I had to grind the casting for clearance.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 11-30-2013 10:41 PM

I own a 2030N and the outfeed table is fixed. I have a manual that I was able to find and download. It’s was a pdf that I printed out so I don’t have the url on it. If you can’t find it contact me and I’ll scan it and e mail it to you. Where did you find the spiral cutter for it and what was the price for the planer head and cutters? I can tolerate the sound of the jointer alright but man that planer is loud. Sorry about your misfortune and I hope it can be overcome with the suppliers help.

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#7 posted 11-30-2013 10:45 PM

Sounds like the new cutter head is a smaller diameter then original

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#8 posted 11-30-2013 11:00 PM

I have a manual. The 2 heads were $1200.00 from Oella saw. I don’t think I want to get into grinding the castings because I would have to do both the planer and jointer as they are connected to make one long shaft. Bill I think you are right that the new head is slightly smaller

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#9 posted 12-01-2013 04:33 AM

That’s a tough lick brother. I saw a post on sawmill creek about a guy installing a spiral cutter on his 2030 back in October. Maybe if you contact him he can shed a little light on your problem. The post is at

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