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Forum topic by samoore posted 02-24-2014 04:41 PM 602 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2014 04:41 PM

Hi, I’m a hobbyist woodworker in New York City (space is at a premium here), and I work out of my father’s small cabinetry shop in manhattan. I’ve already managed to finagle putting a euro workbench in by making it the same height as the in-feed to the miter saw. Naturally the work that goes in and out of the shop is mostly sheet goods based so the table saw is the star player. We have a small Delta bandsaw tucked under a table, but its wimpy for doing much more than scroll type work. The shop next door has a Grizzly (Delta style) 14” saw, but its not set up very well and very awkward to use. In my dreams I could move in a used Italian 14” saw, but I think thats a bit much… Anyways I’ve been looking at both trying to find a used Inca bandsaw, or buying the new Rikon 10”. Is it worth trying to hunt down an Inca? From what I hear the Rikons are pretty good saws.


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#1 posted 02-25-2014 01:34 AM

I’ve been making a bunch of shaker style furniture and have been doing leg tapers with my Bosch jigsaw. Its alright but needs a lot of cleanup with a handplane.

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#2 posted 02-25-2014 02:01 AM

INCA 10” saw is a remarkable tool. Join the INCA group on
Yahoo groups and inquire on there if anyone has one to sell.

There are a lot of them in New York and California because
there were dealers with showrooms in those states.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#3 posted 02-25-2014 02:32 AM

I have the Inca and love it, but I also spent some time replacing bearings (both’s the saw and the motor’s), trued up the tires, replaced the drive belt, guide blocks and bought new blades. Considering it’s thirty four years old I’m happy. The whole setup is smoother and quieter now. The Sears 10” is reputed to be Rikon made and they’re on sale for $190. The Sears/Rikon has 4.625 inch resaw height and a 1/3 hp motor, while the Inca has 6” resaw and a 3/4 hp motor. So, for me the Inca seems like a better choice for more demanding work.

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#4 posted 02-25-2014 03:32 AM

I know Inca still exists in Europe, and I remember them at Garret Wade as a kid (when it used to be a store in Manhattan!) I don’t have any purchase timeframe so I’m going to keep my eyes pealed. Was it hard to find parts for the Inca? Are they light enough that you could store it when not use and clamp it to a bench top when needed?

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#5 posted 02-25-2014 12:51 PM

The Inca Injecta Company is still around in France and are reported to be helpful for parts (but pricey). Bearings are standard sizes from any bearing shop (my bandsaw had the external belt drive Dayton motor). Lee Valley (who were the Canadian Inca dealer) still list (Viking AKA Timberwolf) blades, but I think most suppliers are willing to make up blades of the proper size. R & D bandsaws (http://www.tufftooth.com/) sell their graphite impregnated guide blocks for the Inca (it’s not on their web site, but you can order them by phone and are regular price). I had to sand a bit off mine, but others have reported they slip right in. Mine’s one with the stand, but the direct drive one is listed at 57 lb., so I’d call it benchtop weight.

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