Inca 710 Bandsaw

WOOD WORKING BY DESIGN

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INCA Bandsaw Photo 1
This is the three-wheeled INCA 710 Swedish bandsaw.

Introduction

To get us off on the right foot - the Inca 710 is the only bandsaw I have ever owned. That said, I cannot compare it to any other bandsaw. So what follows is simply years of experience with this bandsaw.

I believe that I purchased this bandsaw back in the early 90's. I do remember that it took about 7-months to receive. It was a Swedish machine and that was how long it took to be delivered.

I've been asked many times why I purchased this style of bandsaw over the more conventional two-wheeled versions. I think I liked this bandsaw because its throat depth was greater than the Delta's and other two-wheeled bandsaw's that were offered at that time.

Uniqueness

This bandsaw is unique for a number of reasons. The first and most obvious one is, of course, the fact that it has three wheels. The second is that the operator works from the opposite side from what is considered the norm in perhaps all of the other woodworking bandsaws. The INCA is operated with the spine to the operator's right. Most bandsaws are operated with the spine to the left of the operator.

At one time I thought the INCA was different because it was of 'European' design, but todays European bandsaws (minimax, Hammer, etc) are operated from the opposite side of my INCA. I have no idea why this is, but I have gotten very comfortable working with my INCA as it is.

The last 'unique' feature of the INCA is that it has flat tires. Most bandsaw tires are crowned in their center.

My INCA has served me very well, but like all other power tools it has its shortcomings as will be discussed below.

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INCA Bandsaw Photo 2
This image shows the three 11-inch bandsaw wheels as well as the pulley's, tensioner (the small wheel) and link belt.

Set-up

Instruction Manual
I wanna start laughing, but this instruction manual leaves a lot to be desired. However, after 're-arranging' the pages and re-reading the 'revised' version several times, it finally all came together for me. As noted earlier, this was my first bandsaw, so the lack of a helpful instruction manual was a serious problem initially.

Blade Choice
I have used Wood Slicers, Timber Wolf, and Viking blades with great success. Correct blade length is 104-1/2", but sometimes you cannot get that exact length. For instance, today you can only get the Wood Slicer in a length of 104". The image below shows that back in 2012 they offered the correct length. That is no longer the case. The best you can do today is a Wood Slicer in length 104". Fortunately, that length will work just fine.

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INCA Bandsaw Photo 3
Here is an example of a Wood Slicer that I bought back in 2JUN2-12. Note its length - 104-1/2".

Roller-Bearing Bandsaw Guides
These can be problematic until you realize their limitations.

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INCA Bandsaw Photo 4
This image shows the INCA 710 roller-bearing bandsaw blade guides. The rollers on either side of the blade are the side-thrust bearings and the one at the rear is the back-thrust bearing.

The bearings are adjusted by loosening the set screws as seen in the previous image. Once the set screws are loose, you must use a pair of pliers to twist the guides away from the blade. To tighten the rollers against the blade you can use the pliers or use a small hammer to gently tap the roller back until it just barely touches the blade.

My roller-guide adjustment is as follows: I first raise the guide post assemble to the height of the stock I will be cutting. This is crucial if you are cutting veneer. Then I back out all of the side

Dust Collection
The best I can saw about this is that

Motor
These can be problematic until you learn to work with them.

Operation

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Issues

One of Festool's little secrets is a small plastic fixture that rides directly on top of the workpiece which prevents tearout. Simple but very effective. The next photo shows this clearly.

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track saw on its track
Track-saw Photo 3.
Another shot of the saw on its track taken after cut was made.