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My makita 400mm planer needs new rollers,should I repair it or pick up a king 16 autoplaner advertized locally?Know and like the makita,but would be down for a month or more while the rollers are resurfaced.Know nothig about the king.
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I looked up the King planer.
The design seems to be well proven, I think Delta first sold that style many years ago.
There are planers like that with many names these days.

The one you have now, is it just a table top machine?
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Don is correct about the King. It is sold as many other names. It has a 2hp 220volt induction motor that has good power. I plane up to 1/8" pass on Douglas fir and white birch. It has a fixed bed with the head moving up and down. This probably isn't as stable as a fixed head but you can add infeed and outfeed tables if you want. It will produce a bit of snipe at the ends even with the column locks. I've had mine for maybe 15 years and I've sent lots of rough lumber through it as I live in an area with a number of small sawmills. The only thing I've replaced was the infeed roller. If you buy one, check the head for level with the bed. Mine wasn't. Working at a very leisurely pace I had it set properly in about 45 minutes but i could have done the job in about 15.

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Thanks guys.
I reaserched the king as much as I can but it is good to hear from a actual owner .my makita is much more than a table top.It is the 2040 model,15 3/4 wide cut, 2 hp,220 volt.
The weakness of the makita is the urathane feed rollers.They are soft on mine.Having the rollers resurfaced is about the same cost as the used king.The pros of the makita is it gives a very nice finish with almost no snipe.If I do get the king I will keep the makita,it can still be used for finishing cuts in cool weather.
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This looks to be the part you need, not cheap, but, not the cost of a new planer.

Roller 65-400 [162094-4] - $273.13 at eReplacementParts.com
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Just took the rollers out of the Makita,a straight forward job.I need two,new with tax and shipping,quite expensive.Found a place in upstate New Yourk that will recoat for just under $100 per roller,shipping about $50 each way.I understand the recoated rollers are more durable than the oem ones.I can get the king for about $450.after some thought I think I will refurbish the Makita.The king would hog off material quicker but if I understand correctly it is not as good for very light cuts.And then there is the un known that may be wrong with thee used king.
If anyone has had there rollers for the same machine recoated I would like to know what material was used and if you are happy with the results.
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