I'm so organized - I knew right where to find them! (I even found the credit card receipt for them, stuck in my planer manual.)
Here I've removed the blade drum cover,
it's easy to simply slip the blades out now.
My sharpener engraved my name on my blades - I'm guessing this was done by Jim's Sharpening Service in Akron, many years ago. He was a terrific guy, did all of my sharpening until he died very suddenly and his apprentice took over the shop. I don't know if he's still in business, but they were a great company to use - friendly, reasonably priced, and always had a fun story or some silly joke to share.
I've already drawn blood - I don't even know what I touched!
Time to blow out the 15 year old dust inside the planer, and install the new knives.
Here's where it gets lame.
Makita gives you two high tech devices for setting the height of your knives - these blocks of wood. (Eye-roll.... please....)
Basically, you slip the blades in place, and secure them with all eight bolts - only hand tight for now. Then - rotate the cutter head until the blade is at it's highest point, and push the piece of wood down over the blade. That way - you don't slice yourself on the sharp blade. In theory, at least - I almost always get a little cut.
It's a little complicated and I've probably lost a few of you with this - but the set the exact height, you press down slightly on the wood block, and leave it sitting over the top of the blade. Rotate the cutter head very slowly, and when the blade scraped the wood, it should push it slightly forward - about a quarter of an inch. Do that on both sides of the blade. When both sides advance that piece of wood the same distance, your blade height is set.
What a ridiculous way to set the height!
I am sure there are people out there with dial indicators that do this much more accurately - but this is the way I do it. It's old school - but I'll stick with it. It works fine. For some reason, Lady Luck was looking over my shoulders - I set these blades in about ten minutes.
I took some rust cleaner and wiped down the tables - they were in pretty bad shape.