Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: corvallis, Oregon
Matthew, I got mine many years ago at an auction. It's a good planer, I have used it countless hours. I got my rollers recovered by a place in Portland, (Columbia something or other) and nearly 20 years later there is not really any sign of wear. My guess is either that the factory coatings were poor, or people used them to plane finishes, or wood with a lot of pitch, then perhaps used solvents to try to clean them. I say this because my originals were not in good shape and I tried solvents to clean them with and they deteriorated immediately. But the 2040 is a workhorse, and Makita still has the knives, but I don't know for how much longer. Good luck with it.