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Type of machine

Band Saw

Manufacturer

Inca

Designed in

Switzerland

Production status

Vintage

User rating (3 votes)

  • Inca Euro 260 Band Saw
Specifications
Power: 450 W Max cutting height: 155 mm
Table size: 320 x 320 mm Max cutting width: 260 mm
Wheel Diameter: 280 mm Blade length: 1850 mm
Blade width: 3-18 mm Working height: 370 mm
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The Inca Euro 260 is a popular small band saw, with model number 342.186. What it lacks in modern features, it makes up for in reliability and accuracy. Mostly used for dimensioning smaller pieces and fine work, not resawing large planks.

The mitre gauge is rare, and interchangeable with the one of the Inca Universal, as both use the dovetailed mitre slot.

The Inca Euro 260 can be found quite regularly on the second-hand market. The Inca Expert 500 is its larger brother.

Tip: If your Inca bandsaw is missing the rip fence, Axminster in the UK sells one that fits perfectly (I’m using this myself). You just need to drill some holes in the rail to fit it to the table.

Reversed Saw Blade

One thing to note is that the saw blade is reversed compared to most modern band saw blades. Mention this when you are ordering your new blade and the shop will weld it the other way around.

Parts and Blades: One part that often needs to be replaced is the rubber tire around the wheel (tends to dry out). One possible replacement is a urethane tire, which can be found here.

A good source for bandsaw blades in Europe is TuffSaws, which sells many different blades that will fit the Inca.

Machine Atlas Verdict

Excellent small bandsaw, accurate, reliable, and affordable.

Value for money

AA

Quality

A

What we don't like

  • Lacks some modern features like a switch to relieve blade tension
  • Size of the table is quite small
  • Not very powerful

What we like

  • Highly accurate and reliable
  • Doesn’t take up much space
  • Cheap compared to modern machines of this level of quality

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  1. Really like this machine, it’s probably the most used one in my workshop. When I got mine I had to replace the capacitor and the wiring. That seems to be a common issue for machines from this era, because over time the wires seem to degrade and expose the copper.

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    RobFounder
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  2. I got one of these machines recently.
    Im really happy with it but the machine seems to miss the dust port. I read that some of them don’t have one.
    In their manual it says that you must always have a dust collector connected and running when using the saw. Of course the machine on the manual has a dust port but apart from that it’s the same machine.
    My question is now do I need to worry about dust collection?

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    Andrés Salazar
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    • Mine also doesn’t have a dust port, and it works perfectly fine. It just means cleaning up a bit more dust afterwards 🙂

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      RobFounder
  3. Hello all, I just got a euro 260 bandsaw without a motor
    How can I know the exact specs(hp and rpm) just to get a motor
    Thanks

    s
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    • Hi Stephan, my own Inca Euro 260 has a motor of 450W, so somewhere around that should be good. The manual suggests around 1000RPM, but it really depends on the pulley sizes. The bandsaw should also run around 1000RPM, so if you get a motor with a different RPM, you can just use smaller/bigger pulleys to compensate.

      Hope that helps.

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      RobFounder
    • Thank u sir…very helpful
      What about the horse power…. 3/4 or 1 hp?

    • 3/4 HP is more than enough for a small saw like this. I’ve sawed very hard woods at max height and mine only has 3/5 HP.

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      RobFounder
  4. Does anyone have a picture of where the capasitor should be placed. My saw works but need help to start so i thought it might be the capasitor so i ordered one. However i cant find any on the actual saw. Some help with pics and or schematic would be appretiated

    • Thanks, I’ll try to take some pictures of it today

    • Mine is right on top of the motor, so you can’t really miss it. But the Inca bandsaw was sold in multiple versions with different kinds of motors, so it may be quite different in your case. Maybe you can post an image? (or send one to robbert@machineatlas.com and I’ll add it in for you)

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      RobFounder
  5. I have just retrieved my old Inca, the model previous to the euro 260 with the allen key adjusters rather than knobs from my old house having not used it for over 30 years (long story). I was given a link to this website by someone on the woodworking talk .com forum after enquiring about the manual for this machine. Could anybody on here help with a question I also posted on that same website regarding the switch on this machine which is attached to the motor? when I turn on the machine it runs whilst I hold the switch in the on position but as soon as I let go it springs back to the off position. Am I missing something please?

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    Dennis Askew
    • Hi Dennis, I’m not 100% sure because I haven’t come across this problem myself.

      But it sounds to me like a mechanical problem with the switch itself, probably a faulty spring. You’ll probably have to disassemble the switch (if possible) and see if there’s anything wrong inside it.

      Hope that helps!

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      RobFounder
  6. Took the top wheel off to give it good clean, bit stupid but not sure where all the bits go now and the blade refuses to stay on whatever I do.
    I have had this machine for 30 years or more Help.
    Jacob

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    Jacob posthuma de boer
    • You could try looking at the detailed drawings in the official manual (link above, page 18). There you can see all the parts and you can check if you’ve assembled it right.

      Once you know you’ve assembled it correctly, try playing with the position of the top band wheel. By turning the knob on the back or top you can change the angle of the top wheel slightly. If you don’t position it correctly, the blade will run off the blade (had this issue myself initially). Good luck!

      If it doesn’t work out, try the INCA woodworking group (https://groups.io/g/incawoodworking).

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      RobFounder
  7. Newbie question. Just got this lovely Euro 260 machine with original manual, which has no indication of what fuse should be used in plug (UK 240V). It came with 5A but has blown 2 of these now. Should I risk 13A?

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    Dave Fox
    • Hi Dave, I’m not sure about the electrics. Try asking a qualified electrician, or if it is an issue specific to INCA, you might be able to get help from Mr Gloor from Doebeli.ch.

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      RobFounder
  8. Hi, I have one of these machines and it appears to be binding on the bottom wheel (against the body) I suspect the bearings need replacing, but I can’t seem to get the wheel off (removed the grub screw) does anyone have a photo library of a refurbishment, or know how to do it?

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    Duncan Engeham

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Detailed Specifications

All the specs and options for the Inca Euro 260

General
Working height370 mm
Weight (standard configuration)26 kg
Motor
Motor Voltage3x 400V 1x 230V
Motor Frequency50 Hz
Extra Features and Options
Mitre gaugeIncluded
Band Saw
Maximum Cutting Height155 mm
Maximum Cutting Width260 mm
Table size320 x 320 mm
Band Saw blade
Blade length1850 mm
Blade width3-18 mm

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