I was recently given a small Inca bandsaw. I'd say its about a 10.5"
saw. It has no pulley on the shaft. It is a 15mm shaft, for which I
can find no pulleys. Any ideas on where to get a pulley for this
thing? A manual would be nice too, as long as I'm foraging. There is
no model number on the saw, that I can find. Maybe it was a sticker
that fell off years ago. Please copy the email below on any
responses, in addition to the group. Thanks for any ideas.
firstname.lastname@example.org (George) wrote in
Sounds like a 340. Measure the throat. If it is around 10.5", it is a
340. If it is around 8", it is a 205. I assumue it is not a three
Both the 340 and the 205 are direct drive from the motor.
The 'manual' is the worst piece of crap it has been my displeasure to
read - to put it politely. It is horribly written in French, German, and
English and manages to make little sense and convey only minimal
information in all three languages. I read English and German and thought
that perhaps both had been poorly translated from French. A friend who
reads French looked over the French sections and suggested they might be
a poor translation from Finnish or Tagalog.
If you cannot find a copy, let me know and I'll mail a copy of useable
pages to you - did I mention that it is a copy of a copy of a copy, or
looks like that.
The parts diagram would likely be the most help to you. Unfortunately the
parts diagram does not come with a key - that's right, just a poor
drawing of a part and a very long number.
Other than that, they are a great little saw with the only potential
issue being the dovetailed mitre slot and guage.
On 16 Jun 2004 13:38:18 -0700, email@example.com (George) wrote:
look in your local yellow pages under bearings and power transmission.
these kind of folks also deal in industrial drive chain. they will
carry pullies without a hole. they may offer the boring service, or
you may need to take it to a machine shop. it won't be expensive.
Thanks for the replys. I have Garrett Wade guys checking into it. They are
supposed to call me back today (the bandsaw technicians, that is). This
must be an older saw. It is not direct drive...which the 340 is?? If I
could put a picture on here somehow, I would, so you could see it.
George, actually the 340 was offered with belt drive as an option; this
makes sense as it is easy to change speeds or go to a larger motor. the
direct drive unit used a special motor that mounted to the saw frame, seems
to me that it would be hard to find a replacement motor. Strange as it
sounds they also had an option that used a drill motor?? At any rate I have
a manual that I can copy for you, it also has parts list. If necessary I can
measure the pulleys on my saw for you. 15mm is .590 so you could easily
adapt a pulley for a 1/2 " shaft. The Inca 340 is considered by many to be
the best small bandsaw made, it is well constructed and designed, you can
even resaw with it. e-mail me if I can help you with it. Jim A.
In fact, if you have a copy of Duginske's 'Band Saw Handbook' many
(most?) of the resaw photo's were shot on the Inca. I bought one after
noting the conspicuous use in the book and I have never been
disappointed. Paper thin, repeatable resaws - within the dimensions of
the machine. Properly tuned, you can balance a nickel on the table with
the saw running. I've even done it while making a cut. This is on direct
drive - I think the mass of the motor may make up for the aluminum and
plastic used elsewhere.
I did not know the 340 had a belt drive option. I don't think it would be
too hard to rig up a belt drive if you had to replace the motor. Seems
like you could pull the motor shaft and mount a pully on it.
Is your manual any better than the English/German/French translation from
Klingon that I got? I love the saw, but for the money I really expected a
The manual I have is probably the same as yours, it does have the
instructions for mounting the motor and determining saw speed. The only
problem I can see in converting a direct drive to belt drive is providing a
bearing for the lower belt. Mine has a large bearing holder that bolts in
place of the motor in a direct drive. At first it was difficult to get it to
track, but I finally got the hang of it. Although I have an older Delta 14"
saw I find myself using the Inca most of the time. Jim A.
Here's hoping I don't have to find out! Did notice a bit in the manual
about speeds for different materials, but never could find a way to do it
and wrote it off to the bad manual. So far I've done ok just modifying the
feed rate. LD
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