Inca Jointer/Planer Back from the dead

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Forum topic by MadeinMT posted 02-10-2014 12:19 AM 878 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2014 12:19 AM

Topic tags/keywords: inca planer jointer

Never had a planer/jointer as I mostly work with finished pine but wanted to start working with hardwood so I – at a leap of faith – bought a 1982 Inca on Ebay. Little did I know the odyssey I was embarking on.

The machine showed up damaged. No fault of the owner, the shipper apparently dropped it somewhere along the way. The aluminum motor mount was shattered, as was the electrical switch that is mounted on the motor. After much searching I replaced both of those, the shipper picked up the tab.

But there were still parts missing, such as the guard, and the thing just wasn’t operating well. In my inexperience, I did not know if that was due to the shipping damage or just because it was an old machine. It sat idle in my shop for 6+ months as I did not have the time nor knowledge to take it any further.

Then… elderly father happened to meet another older gentleman at his senior exercise class, and mentioned I was into woodworking. The gentleman, a fellow named Jim Clark, happened to be a shop teacher in his working life, and is a metalworking and woodworking power and hand tool JUNKY.

Jim offered to try and fix the P/J. When I dropped it off I found myself in his shop which is FILLED with machines and hand tools of all sorts. He took one look at my P/J and immediately knew all about it including who the manufacturer, was, what parts were missing, etc. He spun yarns about his visits to tool factories and the tools his father loved.

Jim has a network of fellow junkies that he contacted and within two weeks he had tracked down the missing parts and totally dismantled, repaired, and lubricated the machine.

I figure there might be a dozen guys like Jim in the country that can fix a machine like that and somehow I stumbled into his. What a miracle. I’m anxious to start working some hardwood.

-- Ron, Montana

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#1 posted 02-10-2014 02:34 AM

That’s a great story! You should have a lot of fun with that machine. Good luck with it!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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