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  1. Byrd had never made a cutter head for Makita 2020, so they gave me the option of sending them the Makita head and they would make a copy, or I could provide an accurate drawing and they would make a Byrd head from the drawing. I decided to go the route of providing a drawing for two reasons: 1) it was cheaper that way. 2) I made some adjustments to the dimensions so that the cutting length of the Byrd head is 8.1 inches instead of 8 inches on the original Makita head. The 8.1 inch length allows the Makita 2020 to now make rabbet cuts. Now that Byrd has made a head for the Makita 2020,
  2. When the cutter head arrived the first thing I noticed was that end cutter at the “wrong” angle. What a disappointment. I contact Byrd to let them know about their manufacturing defect and hopefully send me a replacement head quickly. Well silly me !. The cutter is set on an angle on purpose, so that clean rabbet cuts can be done on the jointer. With normal use of the jointer the odd angle cutter works just like all the other cutters. On the Makita 2020, rabbet cuts are limited to a depth of 1/2 inch, then the wood reaches the casting the holds the bearing.
  3. Upgraded my old Makita 2020 jointer with a Byrd Shelix head. I think this is the first Makita 2020 to be upgraded as neither Byrd nor anyone else had ever made a cutter head for this machine. Here is a YouTube video of the upgrade: Here is a folder with upgrade guide in PDF format, and additional information on Makita 2020 including instruction book and parts list: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1w6LvL5J_PgqRbsTYaWZPupTGUERwunWy In the past, I took the Makita straight blades to a good sharpening shop that returned them with cutting edge grou
  4. Tis the season of covid, so find myself going through old threads. Good to see comments from you fellows as this shows the thread is still active. Likely too late to help IBPJ4, but perhaps someone else can benefit.
  5. Makita 2020 instruction book can be found in this folder: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1w6LvL5J_PgqRbsTYaWZPupTGUERwunWy
  6. Video instructions on lubrication and adjustment of RC-33. It covers the problem of planing unevenly.. Video also shows how to change to a segmented cutter head but you can just skip those parts. RC-33 Video If you like the video, you can help out by leaving a comment on YouTube - this will move the video up in YouTube searches so that others can find it. Folder containing same instructions in PDF form, and also RC-33 manuals and parts diagrams Folder of RC-33 Files