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Forum topic by Rency posted 08-02-2020 11:32 PM 283 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rency

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08-02-2020 11:32 PM

I am new to bandsaw and Inca. I just picked up two Inca 710. One made in France and one made in Switzerland. The space in my garage and my budget is getting tight with two of them. So I am going to have to sell one.

Is there a quality or preference difference between the France vs Switzerland made ? The France made has Leeson motor and the Switzerland made has Dayton motor, both 1.5 hp.

If you were in my situation which one would you keep?

As I am cleaning it up and tuning what things should I look for ?
I am probably going to change all the bearings anyways.

With the pulleys being aluminum will the link belts be a bad idea? Would cogged (xpz) rubber belts be better ?

Also should I change the rubber tires to urethane ? I don’t see any visible issues on the rubber tires, but the front top wheel tire got blade tracks. Is that normal?

One machine has a thin flat metal blade guard that covers only the front side and leaves the operator/feeding side open and the other one has the hinged version that covers both side by closing. Is one better over the other in safety or usage ?

I will need a fence set up now and miter gauge eventually. Any tips on going about it ?

I have never used anything with magnetic switches. I believe the Switzerland made one has magnetic switch. When plugged in it makes a tiny gentle humming sound in the off position. Is that normal?

Any suggestions and tips ?

Yes. I have posted this in the Inca online group. :)

Thanks in advance for the help.

Pictures- the Switzerland made:

The French made:

-- Rency


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Aj2

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#1 posted 08-03-2020 01:05 AM

I like the first one tan colored one. It looks nice.

Good Luck

-- Aj

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Rency

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#2 posted 08-03-2020 01:27 AM


I like the first one tan colored one. It looks nice.

Good Luck

- Aj2

That is what I am leaning to :)
Thanks man

-- Rency

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mdhills

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#3 posted 08-03-2020 03:00 AM

Before replacing tires, you may want to double-check to see how they are mounted.
One of my 10” inca saws had a grooved wheel, which is designed to work with special tires that aren’t available anymore. (recommendation has been to fill the groove with body filler and mount a flat tire on)

You may want to join the inca mailing list. (IncaWoodworking on IO Groups, a successor to the venerable yahoo group)

Matt

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Rency

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#4 posted 08-03-2020 03:23 AM



Before replacing tires, you may want to double-check to see how they are mounted.
One of my 10” inca saws had a grooved wheel, which is designed to work with special tires that aren t available anymore. (recommendation has been to fill the groove with body filler and mount a flat tire on)

You may want to join the inca mailing list. (IncaWoodworking on IO Groups, a successor to the venerable yahoo group)

Matt

- mdhills

I joined the Inca mailing list.
Mine has flat wheels. But I am going to leave the tire alone for now I think. It has no cracks or anything.

I have the little brother of your 10” . The 8” Inca (205) sitting in the garage to be fixed up some day.

Thanks. Appreciate it.

-- Rency

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#5 posted 08-03-2020 01:20 PM

The Swiss made INCAs have the better reputation and are more desirable. That’s an early French model as the later ones were a blue color that wasn’t terribly attractive. The French stuff is still quality gear though.

Motors are comparable. The red one doesn’t float my boat color-wise, but that’s my own personal aesthetic hangup. Swiss one has better/thicker wiring , but I can’t help with the switch. You could just swap them though.

Def. check out the INCA owner’s group mentioned and ask about the starter there.

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GrantA

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#6 posted 08-03-2020 01:23 PM

Shoot me a pm when you decide which one you want to sell and what you want for it, I might take it off your hands :-)
I’m not familiar with the differences but I think it’s really a matter of keep the one in best shape or assuming equals there the one you like the looks of better.

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xedos

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#7 posted 08-03-2020 06:10 PM

forgot to mention that you’re going to have to special order a link belt to fit those pulleys. standard 1/2” isn’t going to work.

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Rency

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#8 posted 08-03-2020 06:27 PM



forgot to mention that you re going to have to special order a link belt to fit those pulleys. standard 1/2” isn t going to work.

- xedos

This is just SPZ profile belt and there are link belts easily available in 3L profile.

But I am going to just get a XPZ , the cogged metric belt .

Thanks

-- Rency

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Rency

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#9 posted 08-03-2020 06:34 PM



Shoot me a pm when you decide which one you want to sell and what you want for it, I might take it off your hands :-)
I m not familiar with the differences but I think it s really a matter of keep the one in best shape or assuming equals there the one you like the looks of better.

- GrantA

From what I read from machine atlas and from some Inca experts there is no quality difference between the France made or Switzerland made. Though some people prefer Switzerland made. :)

They both are in equal condition. I am in Los Angeles. So I don’t know if it is going to work out for you to get the saw from me. But I will pm you later.

I am keeping the almond one because I have an almond table saw and I like the look. The other one actually got new urethane tires and better switch. But from the get go I just felt like keeping the almond one. Hard to explain :)

-- Rency

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