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Forum topic by MrUnix posted 11-22-2014 08:08 AM 2224 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2014 08:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: makits 2030 restoration planer jointer

But in a good way :)

Cheers,
Brad

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


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#1 posted 11-22-2014 11:41 AM

WOW,Just Better than new. Now the fun of reassembly. Hope there aren’t too many left over parts and pieces. Just how many bearings and such were replaced for NEW? That baby will really make chips fly when whole.

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#2 posted 11-22-2014 01:23 PM

If you can blog this it would be great.

It’d be better than new I betcha.

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#3 posted 11-22-2014 01:45 PM

YIKES !

Hmmm, let’s see now. Tab “A” to slot “B”.... quarter-inch bolt goes here.

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#4 posted 11-24-2014 04:26 PM

That picture is sort of a tradition I have with all the machines I’ve restored.. an ‘exploded’ shot showing all the parts involved. There are actually a couple of parts missing in the shot.. see if you can figure out which ones :)

This particular machine was purchased a couple of years ago in running, but horrible cosmetic shape and in need of some serious help. Fortunately, I have another one that is in more or less pristine condition, so I wasn’t in any real hurry to get this one done. I’m out of town at the moment, but will try to post a ‘before’ shot when I get back home. It’s about half way reassembled right now, and I hope to get it completed within the next couple of weeks.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: Russell, there were 8 bearings replaced (2 in the motor, 2 in the gear box, 2 on the jointer cutterhead and 2 on the planer cutterhead).

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

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#5 posted 11-24-2014 05:01 PM

put it all together and even had some extra bolts! lol

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#6 posted 02-28-2015 07:01 PM

Doing a frame up restore here on the 2030. Wondered what grease you use/recommend for the gearbox.

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#7 posted 02-28-2015 07:07 PM

My own explosion.

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#8 posted 02-28-2015 07:56 PM

Wondered what grease you use/recommend for the gearbox.

I just used some regular wheel bearing grease I had in the garage.. don’t think it’s all that critical since those gears don’t turn very fast. The stuff that was in there when I took it apart had basically turned into wax and the gears were still in great shape.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#9 posted 02-28-2015 11:52 PM

Thanks Brad. I found the same waxy gunk in mine. Sat in a barn for 15 years. Rust galore, but I got it for free and have plenty of time on my hands. My explosion is before the cleaning process – which I’m now in the middle of. So far, everything looks pretty good. Plane bearings in great shape. Rollers too, but won’t really know about them till I run it. Hope yours is up and running smoothly now. Thanks again.

Ken

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#10 posted 06-11-2015 09:27 PM

I had completely forgot about this thread and saying I’d post a before shot… whoops. I was scrolling through some of my pictures the other night and remembered that I never did… so as the saying goes, I guess it’s better late than never. This particular machine was missing it’s serial number badge, so I can’t say for sure when it was made… but based on changes and other hints, I’m guessing it’s probably a mid 70’s model. As mentioned, it was in pretty rough shape when I got it… it was rusty, missing some parts and the feed rollers were completely shot:

It was completely disassembled, and every last part got some kind of attention. According to the parts diagram (and experience), there are a LOT of parts in one of these machines, as can be seen in the exploded shot above. It took almost three years of on and off again work to get it cleaned and back together. I wasn’t in any real hurry since I had another 2030 that was in perfect condition, so I just took my time and messed with it when I had some spare moments. It also had to compete with a couple other machines I was restoring over that time period. In the end though, it turned out pretty nice:

Here is a before and after from the other side:


The hardest part was getting the base off… it was pretty rusted in place and took months of soaking with penetrating oil, a propane torch, rubber mallet and a hydraulic jack to finally get it off:

There were a couple of parts that can’t be replaced… such as the cutter head guard and the bellows around the table support posts. I should be able to make the guard, and I basically gave up on trying to find the bellows. It’s also missing the table height hand wheel, but I’ll make a nice custom wood one for it on the lathe that should be better than the original plastic thing that was on there.

I’ve run a few test pieces through it and it works like new. The knives could use a sharpening, but even as they are, the pieces came out nice and smooth. Once I finish up with the last remaining details (who knows when that will be!), I’ll probably post it out on CL since I really don’t have any need for two of these machines :)

Cheers,
Brad

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

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