Makita 2030 jointer/planer

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Forum topic by salmeri posted 08-30-2014 10:36 PM 1067 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-30-2014 10:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer

Looking to buy a Makita 2030 jointer/planer for $400 and it goes back to the 1980s. It has a very high pitch whine/very loud and noisy. So loud one would have to wear ear protection when using it. Would appreciate comments owners of this tool.

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#1 posted 08-31-2014 12:35 AM

yeah, they are loud. It’s partially due to air
turbulence. Consider the volume difference
when your run a hand drill and a router. The
router at full speed is probably 20x faster and
that makes noise.

Universal brush type motors do tend to be
louder but I think this is because they don’t
have great torque at lower speeds, so
engineers use smaller diameter cutterheads
running at higher speeds to get the
power to do effective thickness planing.

If the noise bugs you a lot you might consider
something like a used Belsaw planer. They
still make noise but lacking the high-pitched
scream of a planer with a brush type motor.

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#2 posted 08-31-2014 02:43 AM

Fantastic combo machine.. independent cutterheads, so no switch over time going between the jointer and planer, and about the easiest to set knives on the planet, requiring just a wrench and a couple blocks of wood.

As for noise.. I don’t believe it’s any louder than something like the Dewalt 735 :)


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