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Blog entry by JuniorJoiner posted 05-25-2010 07:26 AM 7331 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week I finished school at Inside Passage. I knew it would be hard to leave all those wonderfully precise and stable machines and return to my machine dry shop. So, when the opportunity arose for a decent little jointer, I took it.
This jointer was in poor state when I got it. The tables were out of parallel by a significant amount, causing snipe. the motor was of extreme vintage, grossly oversize(it was 2 1/2 hp), a fire hazard, and running opposite to what was required. There was also a good portion of someones apron or shirt wrapped on the spindle (makes me think it probably bit someone)

The first thing I tackled was the motor, I don’t like fire hazards. so I took the case apart and attached new leads, then tried reversing the polarity. well after a few days of scratching my head, not knowing why I couldn’t reverse it, I took it to a motor shop. after getting the figure for minimum shop charge, and hearing it would be a week before they could get to it. I bought a new 1 hp Baldor motor. I justified cutting my losses by reasoning that the weight of the other motor(108 lbs) was putting my back at risk every time I needed to move the jointer.

The new motor required reading the wiring plate, a few murrets, and making a hinge plate for belt tension.

One thing to note was that I bought a linkbelt for this, but it prevented the pulley guard from being installed. I opted for the guard and used a V-belt

I removed the knives , honed them to 8000 grit, and re-installed. I had never set this type of jointer knife before, so it took a few tries to get the result I wanted. should be easier for next time.

I brought the infeed and outfeed tables into paralled, and jointed some ash. The results are stunning, as flat as the straightedges I used for the setup.
This jointer (I think it is an inca 490) also has a planer attachment, which I have, but may not use as I have a planer (somewhere)

I am finally happy with the jointer, and although it was a few days of setting it up, I think it was worth it.
I should get lots of use out of it.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#1 posted 05-25-2010 07:39 AM

good save nice jointer


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#2 posted 05-25-2010 08:11 AM

the bed is 8”+
the jointer cost 560 cdn in the shape it was, and two hundred to replace the motor. these machine were about 2k when they were new 20 years ago. so if they are in good shape, they can be very expensive.
I think it was a good deal for 560, even better if the motor had been usable.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#3 posted 05-26-2010 03:23 AM

What are murrets?

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 05-26-2010 05:42 AM

probably the wrong spelling, the coloured plastic caps you twist wires together with.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#5 posted 05-27-2010 03:56 PM

Nice score!

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#6 posted 10-09-2013 12:39 AM

Are you still happy with the machine? Im about to get the same one, i think.

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#7 posted 12-23-2013 02:00 PM

I have a Inca 343.190.03 Jointrr Planer. I got it used and it needed the nylon pinion gear which I replaced. However, I do not see how to correctly install the chain that drives the feed rollers for the planer. Mine appears to be too long. It does not seem like it would be too long but I am left with a lot of slack when I install it like the photos seem to indicate.
Has anyone else had this issue?
Do you know the correct length?
Do you have a good close up photo of the chain installation?

Thank you

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#8 posted 12-23-2013 08:22 PM

@Pennsylman I ended up getting both INCA jointers.

here is a closeup picture of the 343.190 (or US model number 510) I found online. Maybe that helps.

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