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Type of machine

Jointer Planer Combo

Manufacturer

Makita

Designed in

Japan

Production status

Vintage

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  • Makita 2030 Jointer Planer Drawing
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  • Makita 2030 Jointer Planer Specs
  • Makita 2030 Jointer Planer Feed Roller

    The feed roller

Specifications
Jointing width: 155 mm
Max jointing depth: 3 mm Tables length: 1500 mm
Type of Cutters: 2 standard blades Fence Tilt: 90-45 °
Fence length: 730 mm
Planer width: 304 mm
Max depth of cut: 1 mm Table length: 600 mm
Feed rate(s): 11m/min
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The Makita 2030 is a vintage jointer planer made of mostly cast iron. What makes it special is that although it is a single machine, the jointer and planer elements are separate. This means you have no conversion time from one function to the other.

Separate Jointer and Planer Functions

On most modern jointer planers, both the jointer and the planer use the same cutterhead. On the Makita 2030, however, there are two cutterheads. These are driven by a single belt from a motor in the base of the machine.

The planer element is very similar to that of the bigger, industrial-grade Makita 2040, just smaller. The jointer is relatively thin, but with very long (1500mm) tables, making it excellent for edge jointing.

Other features

At 125kg the machine is very heavy, probably thanks to it being mostly made from cast iron. Its feed rate is quite high, making it less suitable for woods with difficult grain. However, there was also an extra sprocket set that could be changed to set the feed rate to a lower speed.

Replacement Blades: Finding replacement blades for the jointer of the 2030 is a bit difficult. There were some genuine blades for the jointer available via Amazon, but they seem to be unavailable now.

For the planer there are Freud blades, also on Amazon, that should fit the Makita 2030.

Machine Atlas Verdict

Interesting, solid machine that is great for people who don't need to face joint.

Quality

A

What we don't like

  • Jointer table is only suitable for edge jointing, not face jointing
  • Can be hard and/or expensive to find replacement parts

What we like

  • Heavy cast-iron machine
  • No setup time when switching between jointing and planing
  • Separate blades for jointing and planing mean longer blade life
  • Great build quality

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Detailed Specifications

All the specs and options for the Makita 2030 Jointer Planer

General
Weight (standard configuration)125 kg
Motor
Motor Voltage1x 230V 1x 115V
Extra Features and Options
Auxiliary rollerOption
Blade sharpening holder and stoneOption
Low speed sprocket setOption
Jointer
Jointing width155 mm
Max depth of cut3 mm
Tables length1500 mm
Type of cutters2 standard blades
Fence length730 mm
Fence tilt90-45°
Planer
Planer Width304 mm
Max depth of cut1 mm
Table length600 mm
Feed rate(s)11m/min

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