Inca 2200 table saw worth buying ?

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03-09-2012 03:03 PM

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I have a opportunity to purchased a Inca 2200 table saw built in 1999. I have done as much research as possible without actually using the saw. I have used Euro saws before and found their design elements just make sense. More sense than most domestic saws. But I must admitt that the familiarity of the Deltas’ and the PMs’ is a strong reason not to buy this saw. Parts seems to be obtainable and hopefully with a saw of this seeming caliber, I would not need many if any. The arbor is 1” and not as convienant as possible, but it apparent makes for a much better operation.

They want roughly $1400-1800 , depending on negotiation. It has seen limiting use and seller seems well educated and pretty stand up. The other factor is its 2.5 hours driving distance from me.

Does anyone have any really world experience on this model. Are the features so great that I should overlook the other problems ? I could get a brand new Grizzly cabinet saw for that price. But the quality and precision would be glaringly different right ?

I love things that kind of fly under the radar of mainstream, but am I getting caught up in the novelty of the saw ?

Thanks for your help ,


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#1 posted 03-09-2012 03:21 PM

I have had a couple of those. They are good saws which
hold precise and consistent settings and parallelism. They
excel at joinery for this reason. Dust collection is quite
good and the riving knife is good. The standard guard
is disappointing. There is a power take-off on the
right for mounting a chuck for slot mortising. The
mortising table for the 2200 may be very hard to find
and not cheap.

They do have a weakness in the tilt-adjust screw which
can get stripped or break if treated roughly by poorly
trained people. Used in a production or school setting
the saw is likely to get messed up. Used with care
in a 1 or 2 person shop it should be fine.

Make sure you get the long rails if you’re going to pay
that kind of price. I think $1000-$1200 is more reasonable.

The fence locks fore and aft and has a sliding extrusion
that serves many useful purposes. The fence does
not secure as easily a t-square fences but this is
somewhat compensated by the sliding rail system.

Of course if a quality dado is included that’s a factor as
well as other blades.

INCA machines are holding resale value but interest in them
seems to be declining due to the improvements in
non-industrial machinery available to North American
woodworkers. If you don’t overpay for the saw
you will be able to resell it at little or no loss. The
new Grizzly will lose nearly half its value as soon as
you cut the first board.

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#2 posted 03-09-2012 05:02 PM


Thanks for the insight. If they are such good saws, and you owned 2 of them, why did you get of them ? And at what cost ? If you don’t mind telling me.


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#3 posted 03-09-2012 05:25 PM

I stopped woodworking for awhile and got rid of most
of my machinery. I sold them a couple of years apart –
one was tricked out with a Jessem sliding table and
an HTC outfeed roller. Overall about $750 in upgrades.
I sold it for $1500. It had the short rails.

The other had the long rails and the miter gauge but
the cabinet was kind of beat up and the top had been
cleaned at some point by somebody with and a
rotary paint remover or something so it wasn’t too
pretty. I sold it with a Robland jointer/planer for
$2000 for the pair.

I have a format saw now.

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