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The New (to me) Jointer/Planner Combo is here!!!


I finally found a Jointer Planner Combo at a reasonable price, I paid about $800 US for it. 
It is a 5 or 6 year old Makita Model# 2030S. The jointer is 155 mm or just over 6" and the planner is 312 mm or about 12 1/4". Here is a review of the Jointer I found online....

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Makita's 2030S Planer-Jointer
By John English - August 29, 2000

One of the most daunting tasks in any woodshop (especially for beginning craftsmen) is sharpening and setting planer or jointer knives. I've been making my living in the shop for twenty-some years, and I'm still not really comfortable doing this job. So the first thing I looked for when reviewing Makita's new 2030S planer-jointer was how their engineers tackled knife installation. I was absolutely delighted with their innovative solutions.

I say solutions, because there are two sets of knives in the 2030S: one for planning and the other for jointing. The jointer is the simpler of the two: just loosen a few set screws and the two-sided, disposable knives slide right out. Installing replacements is just as easy in fact, it's pretty much impossible to get it wrong. The knives just slide into place, correctly aligned and ready to go as soon as the set screws are tightened. Makita has even built in a drum lock that radically reduces the chances of injury. Just rotate the drum by turning a knob on the exposed end of it: as you do so, a pin slips into place and locks the drum securely while you work.

The only problem I had with this process was figuring it out: the instruction booklet that came with the machine described a much more complicated method that involved using magnetic holders. A pair of holders were included, but they were designed for setting the planer blades. This operation was a little more traditional, but still relatively simple. It was made easier by having such open access to the set plates and knives: the top of the machine opens up and totally exposes the bolts and drum.

Is this a Benchtop Unit?
The top surfaces of all three benches in my shop are 36" off the floor, the same height as the top of my table saw. If I were to mount the 2030S on any of these benches, the jointer bed would be 53" high, way too high for comfort. The bottom of the planer knives would be two inches lower, which is still a very uncomfortable height. I mounted the unit on a 24" high stand, which made it just about perfect for my 6' 2" body. At that height, the jointer bed was 41" off the floor, and boards being fed into the planer were just above my waist at 39".

Getting Set Up
It took about fifteen minutes to remove the factory pallet and plastic that surrounded the unit, and another ten to bolt it to a stand. Installing the crank handle for the planer was a matter of tightening one screw: with that done, I was ready to insert one of two included plastic safety keys and go to work.

The one thing that struck me immediately is how fast the planer table moves vertically. One turn of the crank raised the bed 3/32", an unusual fraction and one that took some getting used to. Most of the machines I've operated in the past have adjusted 1/16" on a full turn, a much easier measurement to keep track of. I discovered on the very first board that the factory calibration was right on the money. That may not sound like a big deal, but I can't remember a single other machine, gauge or fence in the shop ever being true and accurate right out of the box.

Infeed and Outfeed Tables
Planing long boards safely with a benchtop planer is a two-man operation. Realizing this, the engineers at Makita have added a pair of rollers on the top of the planer housing. The outfeed man can just roll the board back to the infeed man, a big improvement on the usual cumbersome exchange.

Long boards were also a consideration in the jointer design. Here, a removable extension table can quickly be locked in place to extend the outfeed table to 30-3/4" long. That extends the overall bed length to more than four feet, a pleasant surprise on a benchtop unit. Unfortunately, the extension requires support, so it can only be used when the machine is mounted on a bench: the stock machine stand I used offered no support options.

The Jointer
I had a couple of minor reservations about the jointer tables. Being used to a heavy ground cast iron bed, I was a little dubious about the 2030S's honeycomb base metal frame and its thin, polished steel tops. However, neither seemed to affect the quality of the cut in any way, but a slight wiggle in the infeed table was annoying. The jointer fence was the only real disappointment I experienced in this rather thorough shop test. At 90 degrees, the fence adjustment across the knives was only 1-3/8".

So, at its most extended, it still left 4-5/8" of the knives exposed. That means an operator can't use the fence to extend the cutter life: as most jointing is done on 3/4" stock, many woodworkers like to adjust the fence across the knives in 1" increments to preserve sharp edges as long as possible. It also limits your options when dealing with nicks in the knives, you can't use the fence to work around them.

The fence also fell short of the mark when being set at an angle. This was a very elaborate process. Adjusting the angle requires loosening two hand screws and four bolt heads, then tightening all six when the desired angle is set.

The bottom of the fence isn't beveled, so at 45¡ there is a 7/16" gap between the fence and table. And the fence doesn't have a bevel scale, so you have to set the angle manually with your own protractor, jig or gauge.

Ease of Use Built In
The net weight of the 2030S planer-jointer is 97 lbs. That means it's a two-man job to move it around. So, for those jobs when you need to bring the planer to a job site, Makita made removing the jointer very easy: just loosen two knobs and lift it away.

That same attention to detail is evident in all aspects of maintenance with this tool. Access to the replaceable carbon brushes couldn't be easier, they're right under the lift-up hood. Access to the chain that drives the feed rollers is also a snap, and the only maintenance required is periodic lubrication with machine oil.

Dust collection is also easy with the 2030S: a built-in exhaust port can easily be tapped and connected to an individual shop vac or a central dust collection system.

Overall Impression
The active part of this shop test consisted of running a number of rock maple and walnut rough sawn boards through the 2030S. Results on the 12-9/16" planer were quite impressive. Thanks to the 9,000 RPM no-load speed, mill marks (using a fresh set of knives) were virtually invisible. Well-designed feed rollers and generous tables meant that snipe was almost nonexistent.

Feed rate on this model is energetic (34.5 ft/min), but not overly so. Our boards came out with a thickness so uniform that even a 1 mil (1/1000") gauge couldn't find any deviation. After about 100 lineal feet of stock, there was no perceptible wear on the knives. Even the noise levels were quite comfortable, a surprise considering the nature and history of similar machines.

My overall impression of the 2030S is that it is a well-designed machine with several innovative features that more than make up for its one design flaw (the jointer fence). I liked all the new twists, from rollers on top of the unit to great access for maintenance, locking knife drums and simple knife replacement. This is a safe machine for beginning woodworkers and a welcome addition to any advanced practitioner's shop.

On-line article is here... 

 OK on to my used unit...

This is how it showed up at my door, all caged up, but wanting to get out.
I tied some ropes to it, and lowered it into it's new home, the Dungeon.
The wood in the crate is of some use, but alas the nice darker colored boards on the sides are MDF covered with some kind of plastic fake wood grain stuff, bummer!

I got it uncrated, and set-up on one end of my shop, I checked to see that everything looked fine and I fired it up, ran a board through the jointer and the planner, it works great!!

Here is an old cutting board from the kitchen, very used and not to pretty anymore....

Run it through the planner a few times and SHAZZAM  it looks like new!! My wife sure liked this aspect of the new tool! I think she is going to tell all of her friends, so I may have a few more cutting boards to do!

This is the pile of sticks I got out of the crate the Jointer/Planner came in, nothing really good in there, but still, wood is wood.

This is the outfeed side of the planer, to open the cover to get at the knives you just have to remove the one bolt.

Planner cover open

I noticed that the Planner has a built in fan, this cools the universal motor, and it helps with the chip extraction on the planner. When the cover is closed the fan exits into the black plastic duct at the top of the picture. This duct is then directed to the edges of the planner chip exhaust...

This really shoots the chips away from the machine...

You can see the chips are in a pile about 2 feet away from the planner.

In the center of the pic is a description in Japanese about the depth of cut gauge built into the infeed side of the planner. When that little "T" shaped thing lifts up, the space under the edge of the "T" is the depth of cut, simple but is seems effective.

Again back inside the planner, this is the auto lock, when the cover is lifted this locks the cutter head in place, you can push it to rotate the knives when replacing them. Sure lookd easy to replace the knives!

The jointer side of things.
True this is not the jointer to end all jointers, but it does work well for it's size. the bed of the jointer is steel, and they are a bit more rusted than I thought. The look like they could be just replaced, as the are only screwed on, maybe I'll see how much they want for them. In the mean time, I'm going to sand them down a bit, and wax them to keep them from soiling the wood they come in contact with.


for ease of transport, the jointer comes off the side of the machine by loosening just these two knobs, easy as can be (I do not know why you would want to do this..)

The Fence on the Jointer is the one thing that is not so good. The online review says this, and I have to agree with it.

Here you can see the fence set from max to min adjustment, and the tilting function is not great. 
Still it does a good job at jointing the edge of the boards or the faces, up to 6" wide, very well, and that really is what we do the most of with our jointers.

This rectangular box is where the chips fall from the jointer,
 I should be able to fabricate a dust hood here fairly easy.

Well that is about it for now, I should build a cabinet/stand for this unit, like suggested in the online article, and put some wheels on it as well as find it a place to nestle.

@OK I had enough of the Jointer/Planner sitting on the floor, so I built a stand for it.

Nothing compelx, but it should do. When I get some time I'll put some drawers in the sides of it.

The Front side
At first is seemed a bit high, but, like in the article above, I built the stand about 2' tall, but if the stand is too tall, I can adjust it.

The backside

The infeed side of the Planner

The infeed side of the jointer

Oh I see a dirty spot!

What do they mean this is not a "portable" Planner!!!