Makita 2040 worth restoring??

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Forum topic by LJD4662 posted 07-05-2014 08:29 PM 2088 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-05-2014 08:29 PM

Today i was given a Makita 2040 that is in OK condition. It runs, but is going to need some work. The feed rollers are worn, and I see that those are expensive. Is it worth spending any money to fix it up? How much do you think its even worth?

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#1 posted 07-05-2014 08:33 PM

I’ve seen a few restorations of these right here at LJs. They make me drool. This planer, restored, receives high marks, with guys doubling down. (Restoring another)

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#2 posted 07-05-2014 08:58 PM

GIVEN!!! as in FREE?!? Wow.. I’ve been looking for one for a while (several years), and they are few and far between. Most people who have one won’t give them up, so the market is pretty dry. It’s a fantastic planer and has what are about the easiest knives to set of any planer on the planet (you just need a wrench and 2 blocks of wood).

You can have the rollers recovered for much cheaper than purchasing new.. I had the ones on my 2030 done by Western Roller and they come back better than new and should last much longer. Great job and they even called me at home a few weeks later to make sure I was happy with their work. Cost well less than half of what new ones would. Mine were about ~$75 a roller + shipping.

As for price.. it depends on condition and location. Around here, I would venture to guess that a restored one could easily get $800-$1000, and one in rough but working condition could get $400 or more.


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#3 posted 07-05-2014 10:44 PM

I’ve used one, and I think they’re great planers, except for the fact they have universal motors. This is a real drawback as other modern planers in this size class have induction motors which spin slower and offer greater torque. Whether or not it’s worth restoring is a matter of opinion, do you want to use it or sell it? How in depth of a restoration are you looking to do, a functional restoration or make it look like brand new as well? Before you spend anything, tear it down and figure out exactly what needs to be rework or replaced to achieve the level of restoration you’re shooting for. Add all that up and then make your decision. Nothing is worse than starting a restoration only to find something far more expensive than you anticipated after starting to buy parts you might not be able to return.

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#4 posted 07-05-2014 10:52 PM

Nope, not worth restoring. In fact it’s a piece of crap. Ship it to me and I will be sure it’s properly disposed of!

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#5 posted 07-06-2014 01:01 AM

I have a 2030N and it is a good machine. Mine has the 6” jointer attached so it serves double duty in my shop. This thing is great and can handle most of the jobs in my shop. For the heavy dimensioning I have a 20” planer but the Makita is pretty much my go to planer for general work. Western Roller is a great bunch of people and shipping from Knoxville Tn I had my rollers recovered for under $200.00 including shipping and insurance. The Makita is a real screamer so good ear protection is a must but it is built like a tank and should give you years of service.

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#6 posted 08-13-2014 12:22 AM

So I’ve done some work on the planer, and I am very happy that decided to keep it. I had the feed rollers recovered by Western Roller and the knives sharpened. I disassembled most of the machine and cleaned it up. Evaporust did some great work. I have been assembling it over the past few days and finally got to test it today. It leaves a very clean surface.

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#7 posted 08-13-2014 01:50 AM

Most excellent LJD4662!

Congrats on a fine machine.

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#8 posted 08-13-2014 09:18 PM

WOW it looks like my mother in law and she’s been dead for twenty five years.But if they dug her up tomorrow I figure she would still look better. Have fun and to be serious nothing in this world is unrestorable I know you could make agreat job of this oldtimer. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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