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Forum topic by MrUnix posted 07-03-2014 07:28 PM 948 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MrUnix

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07-03-2014 07:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: makita 2030 bellows

Makita says they are discontinued and no longer available.. the usual aftermarket parts suppliers (ereplacementparts, toolpartsdirect, mmtoolparts, etc..) can’t get them either and don’t have any in stock according to all the responses I’ve received from them. When they were available, they ware like a $5 part.

So now I’m looking for an “outside the box” solution. I’ve tried a couple of auto parts stores looking at those shock absorber dust boots and the like.. all are too small (in diameter), even the ‘large’ ones for off-road shocks. The various bellows manufacturers don’t seem to have a standard size that is even close, although I must admit that I haven’t exhaustively searched all of their catalogs yet. Hoping that someone out there might have some insight as to where I could pick up a set of these things at a reasonable price. So far, I’ve found a couple of companies that will make them for me, but would cost a small fortune and they all have a minimum order quanity that would leave me with a box load of these things.

The dimensions don’t need to be exact.. just close enough to work:

Any ideas? I am at the mercy of the brain trust :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid


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Loren

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#1 posted 07-03-2014 07:56 PM

I would skip them. Lots of 4 post planers just use steel
posts and you brush off the oxidation and keep them
waxed… might make maintenance easier.

Consider the 2030 comes from Japan, a humid country,
perhaps the engineers chose the bellows as a way to
prevent seizing. As you may have observed, they
do not.

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#2 posted 07-03-2014 08:22 PM

Very true Loren.. but the posts on this particular machine were left uncovered for many, many years before I got it and they are really pitted and stained, even after a good cleaning and soak in evaporust. They still work, and the table slides up and down on them easily, but they are butt ugly! This is a machine that I’m currently restoring (I have two.. those pictures above were taken from my other machine), so everything else will look like new. Would hate to leave those ugly posts exposed on what will otherwise be a pristine machine. So…. it’s really more aesthetic than functional.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#3 posted 07-03-2014 08:25 PM

Might see if another manufacturer like Powermatic would fit, or maybe be adapted.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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MrUnix

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#4 posted 07-03-2014 08:57 PM

I’ve considered that Paul.. but my delima is that nobody lists dimensions in their parts diagrams! I can find plenty of “Bellows” on lots of different machines, but have no clue as to what size they are. That’s one of the reasons I threw out the question.. hoping someone has a machine (or anything) that uses something close enough to work.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#5 posted 07-03-2014 09:38 PM

Sell your Makita and buy a DeWalt 734, win win.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 07-03-2014 09:51 PM

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MrUnix

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#7 posted 07-03-2014 09:52 PM

Sell your Makita and buy a DeWalt 734, win win.

ROTFLMAO! Naw.. wouldn’t trade a dozen DeWalts for my makita.. it’s in a class well above the lunchboxs.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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exelectrician

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#8 posted 07-05-2014 08:15 PM

I must admire your loyalty to your machine, and the Makita brand name, good luck with your repair.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#9 posted 07-05-2014 10:29 PM

You can buy 2.5” and 3” diameter black poly dust hoses.
They do scrunch up, though it’s a coil, not an proper
bellows.

Even if hose turns out to be a dumb idea, you’d have
some good dust hose.

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distrbd

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#10 posted 07-05-2014 11:15 PM


You can buy 2.5” and 3” diameter black poly dust hoses.
They do scrunch up, though it s a coil, not an proper
bellows.

.- Loren


I was going to suggest central vacuum hose is similar to what Loren is saying,20 feet of it coils up to a small roll.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#11 posted 07-06-2014 01:26 AM

I was thinking of this sort of thing.

I bought some for my panel saw. It stretches/compresses
like a slinky. It’s somewhat “open” by default.

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#12 posted 07-06-2014 01:52 AM

Great idea guys! A 3” hose should work.. It would be a perfect fit for the top and I can probably scrunch (technical term!) it down enough to clamp on the bottom of the 2 3/8” post. I really don’t care if it’s spiral or a bellows, just as long as it will cover up the post and expand/comress enough to get the job done. I knew this was the right place to ask :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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