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Forum topic by Mechanically posted 02-27-2011 02:38 PM 3716 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mechanically

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02-27-2011 02:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: inca jointer planer kinves blades

Don’t think I’ll use the planer attachment as I’ve already got a DW735, but it’s nice that it’s complete.

I liked it for several reasons:

1) The price was right

2) I have a tiny closet that I call a ‘shop.’ and this takes up a lot less space. Just doing little projects for a while until I have another, larger space, so the size was helpful.

3) It’s a European, and the mystique thereof has convinced that its presence will cause beautiful midcentury modern furniture to issue from my shop with startling regularity. Really.

Anyway, I’m wondering if anyone else has any experience with this jointer, specifically procuring replacement knives for it. I know the story regarding the company closing, but I’ve heard different opinions on domestic parts sources. I haven’t had a response from Eagle tool, but maybe they’ll have what I’m looking for.

The knives aren’t awful, but could use sharpening. Just not sure how many times I’ll be able to do that.

So, was this worth it, or have I found the money pit of jointers?


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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 02-27-2011 04:22 PM

Mech, I can’t help with your central question, but so long as the knives make contact with the gib area where the screws are, your knives are fine. It takes a looooong time to wear out joiner knives unless the previous owner like to reset them—not likely.

This is a good time to assess the overall condition of the tool. Check the belt and pulleys (for true) and check the bearings. Replace them if necessary, get the knives sharpened and start whackin’ on that gift wood. You done good, and #3 is just about to start happenin’.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 03:40 AM

That’s a nice compact jointer. I owned one. You totally scored because
that is in fact a collectible machine and more complete than many because
you’ve got the planer attachment.

Those jointer/planers are especially sought after by luthiers because they
can thickness thin, delicate pieces that a roller-feed planer would munch up.

You didn’t get the fancy articulated SUVA guard though. Boo-hoo.

Parts for that jointer shouldn’t be an issue for you. It’s simple and solidly
built. The bearings aren’t proprietary. If it were missing the fence or
one table you’d be up the creek because it’s a somewhat scarce machine.

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Mechanically

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#3 posted 03-01-2011 03:25 PM

Thanks for the feedback!

Lee, I think you’re right, and I’ve got lots of life left in these blades. Now I just need to build a jig for them so I can hone them up really nice.

Loren – I had planned on spending some time making sure the tables were coplanar, and have read up on that process. However, I can’t seem to find any mechanism on the infeed table to adjust the level. Am I missing something? I’m having a straight edge made by a machinist friend of mine, so when I check it, hopefully it will be close. They aren’t long tables, so maybe it isn’t a big issue?

I think I also just need to spend lot of time working with it until I get a feel for how it behaves. Maybe I can make some intentionally poor cuts on my bandsaw and see if I can get them back into true with the Inca.

I have seen photos with the fancy guard, and it does look like a cool design. I think that one was only sold in Europe, though.

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Loren

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#4 posted 03-01-2011 07:30 PM

The SUVA guard was available as an upgrade in the states.

I don’t remember how the outfeed table works on that jointer,
but the simple solution is just to set the knives from the outfeed
table and you’re good.

Just rotate the cutterhead so no knife is sticking up, crank up the infeed table and lay a straightedge across the tables. If they are
out of alignment it will be obvious.

My bet is they will be perfect.

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#5 posted 10-09-2013 12:21 AM

Just curious. How is the the machine working for you? Im about to get one myself. Fingers crossed.

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#6 posted 10-09-2013 01:19 AM

Great fine, congrats

-- Norman

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