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Fell into an INCA Bandsaw (not literally)

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Project by MadeinMT posted 07-28-2013 06:05 PM 4933 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My retired father happened to be drinking coffee with a retired shop teacher and they started talking, well, shop. Turns out the shop teacher had an extra bandsaw and when my father mentioned I liked to work with wood he offered it to me. It’s an INCA 20” saw that sold for $1300 in 1983 (the receipt was still with it!). I bought it for $600. The shop teacher is brilliant with tools (you should see his metal shop) and tuned it all up for me.

So suddenly I’m in the bandsaw game. I just finished the mobile base to set it on. Its might look a little low but the height coincides with my table saw outfeed table which I thought might come in handy. I must admit I don’t know exactly what to do with it (yet). But I’ll figure it out.

-- Ron, Montana





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#1 posted 07-28-2013 06:22 PM

Nice find. Hope you enjoy.

-- Terry,Tennessee

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#2 posted 07-28-2013 07:21 PM

That’s a fine saw. You can do a lot with it.

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#3 posted 07-28-2013 08:16 PM

A very different looking band saw. Can you post a picture of the doors open. Great to have the width I’m sure.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 07-28-2013 09:00 PM

Looks like a hellofa saw! Sweet!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 07-29-2013 05:21 AM

Thanks for the picture without the door Ron. I also was wondering how tall of wood you can cut on your saw and what size motor runs it?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 07-29-2013 05:50 AM

Thats quite a nice acquisition. You’ll learn quickly how to use it. A bandsaw is the safest way for ripping and it seems you’ll have a hard time exceeding the capacity of that monster ! You can also check the Hammer 4400 video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16Nhq5swos8) for a cool jig to cut boards directly from small logs. With the proper blade and tuning, you can use a bandsaw to re-saw thick lumber into thiner book-matched pieces, cut veneer,... Then there is the obvious freehand cutting of a complicated shape, or roughing out stuff before using a router template. I found that vibrations are not that great for cutting fine joinery, but with an industrial saw like this one, I would give it a shot because it might be smooth enough. Be safe, have fun !

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#7 posted 07-30-2013 12:52 AM

I have owned and used a saw like this extensively. It performed very well.
Bear in mind that you must use a lighter gauge (thickness) blade than normal because of the small wheels. Standard gauge blades will break for sure at the welds and sometimes anywhere in between because of metal fatigue.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#8 posted 01-04-2015 08:14 AM

once you have a tool you will find yourself using it more often than you think. I dont know how i managed without my bandsaw.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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#9 posted 01-04-2015 08:58 AM



I found that vibrations are not that great for cutting fine joinery, but with an industrial saw like this one, I would give it a shot because it might be smooth enough. Be safe, have fun !

- Francois Vigneron

It really depends on the stand if the saw has a heavy stand with little flex to it the saw will vibrate a lot less. My bandsaw shook like a broken washing machine until I made a new stand for it

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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#10 posted 05-19-2017 11:50 AM

Looks like a fine saw. I heard they were Swiss made. The three wheels give a lot more throat for wide cutting.
Nice saw and nice stand for it.

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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