THE INCA'S HAVE LANDED

MONDAY, JULY 12, 2010
When I found myself without a jointer and bandsaw recently, I went shopping for some replacements. I always thought it would be cool to have some Inca machines in my small 170 sqft shop. Inca machines are known for being high in quality as well as being light and durable. They are also somewhat portable so they take up very little space and are quite mobile...perfect for a modest sized shop

So after $600 spent, what did I have to show for it?

The first find was courtesy of my hand tool guru, Doug. Doug is an antique tool dealer (amongst other things) that spends time scouring eBay looking for hand tools and he stumbled on my first purchase. The Inca 410 jointer is a table-top model that can flatten boards up to 8 5/8" wide. The tables are shorter than most 8" jointers but still long enough to handle most furniture making tasks. The 410 has a 1 hp motor that mounts below the jointer and spins two HCS blades. Inca also used to sell wooden tables for their tools but I wasn't able to get my hands on one of those. Instead I will be building my own table that will include fittings to mount the motor and a port for dust collection.

The second Inca tool is a 340 band saw. This Inca was found at a great used/new tool store called Cardon near Perth, ON. If you're ever in the area, you need to check them out. Jason and his family are good people and they go out of their way to make sure their customers are satisfied.

The 340 has a 0.6 hp motor that is permanently attached to the saw. Like most Inca's, the 340 is a bench-top machine that will require another table built by yours truly. The aluminum wheels are 10 3/4" in diameter and can run blades between 1/8" to 3/4" in width. The re-saw space is just over 6" which should be plenty for most situations. It usually comes with a fence, but the one I found didn't have it with it. Not to worry though – I think I know where I can find one.

I feel like I just wrote the woodworking equivalent of a Tom Clancy novel...sorry for all the specs. I'm really stoked about getting these tools tuned up and sitting on stands so I can get working on them; especially with three commissions sitting in the wings...

I'll post photos of the two landed Inca's once I get them on stands and tuned.