Inca Bandsaw 260/342?

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Forum topic by tbshop posted 11-30-2016 03:10 AM 1837 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2016 03:10 AM

Hello all, first post! QUESTION; I have an opportunity to buy an Inca Bandsaw model 260 / 342. I guess he’s not sure which it is. The guy is asking $300. Don’t know much about the brand other than it’s maybe a Swedish made tool, supposed to be high quality, looks very clean in the pics. The only catch is, there’s no motor, although I have a 1.5 hp Powermatic motor I have from when I upgraded my TS. I suppose I could possibly power down some with a pulley change. Anyway, any help would be appreciated. Been following you guys for quite a while now and have gleaned quite a bit of knowledge AND some humor! THANKS!

-- tbshop

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#1 posted 11-30-2016 02:05 PM

You need to do the due diligence aka Google it :-D

I predict parts will be a problem for you.

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#2 posted 11-30-2016 03:24 PM

I’ve had some INCA machines. I really
like them.

If it comes with the optional miter gauge
that’s a big plus. It should have a stock

Many of the 340 band saws were supplied
without a motor, just a sheave on the back.
The motor supplied on the ones that did
have the attached motor is 3/4hp which was
more than sufficient in my experience with
the saw.

I like the saw a lot.

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#3 posted 12-01-2016 04:08 AM

Be sure your motor has the correct rotation. Or is switchable. Inca was made in Switzerland, I believe.

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#4 posted 12-01-2016 11:19 PM

You can use the 3450 rpm motor but you’re going to need like a 2” pulley on the motor and a 6” pulley on the shaft to get a sfpm of 3,000.

The miter gauge slot on the Inca’s is narrower than the standard 3/4” width on most american machines. It uses a 18mm wide x 5mm deep miter bar so you’ll have to make your our slide and attach it to a miter gauge if it doesn’t come with it.

Also, the tires aren’t crowned like most band saws, so the blade can’t be adjusted on the upper wheel by adjusting the angle. The wheels to be aligned and then the blade teeth literally hang off the front of the wheel.

I don’t have the 10” band saw although I’m considering it. I do have the Inca 259 table saw and 560 jointer/planer though so I’m familiar with these machines.

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#5 posted 12-01-2016 11:36 PM

The older ones with the green and grey color
scheme were made in Switzerland. I don’t know
if the change to the black/blue color scheme
correlates exactly to the move of production
to France but all the machines I’ve seen in
that color scheme were French made.

Regardless of color, all the machines are made
to the same high standard, imo. The later
models often have some welcome refinements.

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#6 posted 12-02-2016 01:39 AM

Thanks guys for all the responses! Sorry to say I “snoozed and loozed!” I knew I’d get and abundance of guidance and info from you all. Thanks again…..........Tony

-- tbshop

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#7 posted 04-11-2017 06:42 PM

tbshop- Are you still looking for an INCA 260?

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#8 posted 04-11-2017 09:48 PM

Thanks zgoldwing, but no. I appreciate you checking with me. Found an old King/Seeley 24280 bandsaw I’m “restoring” (circa 1952) along with an old Dewalt/Black & Decker RAS from the same era. Their both younger than I am! My wife says she likes the old stuff too…...that’s why she keeps me around! TONS of FUN!


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