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Forum topic by SavantGuard posted 08-08-2012 09:50 AM 2410 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-08-2012 09:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw


Over the last couple years I’ve landed on this site while looking for information on tools and I’ve come to rely on it. So i want to say thanks for all the help and influence. Some of that information came in handy yesterday.

I came across a craigslist score that I thought would make an interesting first official post. I’ve been on the bandsaw hunt for a month checking craigslist constantly hoping to come across a good deal on a 14” Jet, Delta or Grizzly in the $300-400 but no luck. Oh well, I like looking for tools, this can go on for awhile and the worst that can happen is I learn something. And I learned here that Inca tools have a great reputation but they’re not the most widely known.

From an unspecified craigslist post for “band saw $175” with no other information on the tool but a blurry photo that looked to be the color combination of a Swiss made Inca. I called in the morning and talked to his wife but didn’t hear anything back so I figured it was gone. 7 oclock rolls around and the phone rings,” Hey this is Dan, are you still interested in the bandsaw?” I was there in a half hour. It was in his shed on the almost original stand(replaced support) with the manual and most of the attachments. Sold. I know this isn’t the Holy Grail or the deal of the century I’m just happy to come across something of quality for a fair, if not better than fair price.

Thanks again.

Inca 340 10.5”
late 80’s?

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#1 posted 08-08-2012 10:12 AM

That looks like an awsome saw for 175.
I’ll upgrade mine from 12 to 14 someday.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#2 posted 08-08-2012 03:27 PM

Well worth the wait, I must say! Have fun with your great find.

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#3 posted 08-08-2012 09:00 PM

Thats a fantastic looking saw, of incredibly reputable quality. I’d say the saw, by itself, was worth (at least) $175. The fact that it came with the fence/miter gauge makes $175 a bargain. That might be the last bandsaw you ever (have to) buy.

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#4 posted 08-09-2012 12:41 AM

Cool, I am feeling good about the deal. But Tedstor, it’s funny you say it might be the last bandsaw I ever “have to” buy because I’m still looking. There are a couple specifics I’m looking for, 14” and guide bearings. This is a 10.5” with noisy guide blocks and I just don’t understand a machine that’s designed to have metal grinding against metal. I guess I should just use this for awhile and see how it works out.

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#5 posted 08-09-2012 02:12 PM

its easy to replace the metal guides with cool blocks. they usually slip right in.

This may not be the right one for your saw but this is just an example.

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#6 posted 08-09-2012 02:17 PM

Nice score!

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#7 posted 08-09-2012 02:35 PM

I agree with buying some cool blocks. I put them on my old delta 14” bandsaw and they work great. Make sure to get the correct ones, as every brand uses different shapes and sizes.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#8 posted 09-01-2012 07:00 AM

Am interested in buying the INCA 340


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#9 posted 09-01-2012 12:03 PM

is that BS a direct drive? i.e., does the motor drive the lower wheel via a belt or does the motor directly drive the lower wheel?

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#10 posted 09-01-2012 04:28 PM

I understand. I had a older 12” Craftsman. It worked ok, but it wasn’t really/exactly what I wanted. I upgraded (if only slightly), to a “14 Ridgid. Home Depot was blowing them out the door for $150. Not really the greatest bargain considering that these saws need A LOT of love-tweaks to get into reasonable working order. The extra 2” of frame clearance has come into handy a few times now when working with wider workpieces.

I’m not really sure bearing guides are THAT much better than traditional guide blocks in many instances. I don’t think I’d give up the Inca for bearing guides alone. As mentioned cool blocks work pretty well. I had them in my last bandsaw and they were quiet and I did not notice any undue blade wear. But to be honest, the stock metal blocks in my ridgid seem pretty good too. I’ve also heard of people making their own blocks out of (very) hard wood.

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