Machine Atlas

Type of machine

Table Saw

Manufacturer

Inca

Designed in

Switzerland

Production status

Vintage

User rating (2 votes)

  • Inca Universal Compact Table Saw
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    Blade guard

Specifications
Blade Diameter: 178 mm Power: 750 W
Max cutting height: 55 mm
Arbor size: 15 mm Weight: 9 kg
Blade Tilt: 90-45°
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The Inca Universal (US model 150/159) table saw is a small but very accurate machine. It is still quite sought after on the second-hand market. It is known for its high precision and small footprint. It is the smaller brother of the Inca Major.

Motor under the table

The Universal is driven by a pulley and belt from a motor suspended under the table. This means the motor can easily be replaced. There also is a version called Inca Compact, which is essentially the same machine, but with the motor integrated underneath the saw.

Tilting Table

A unique aspect is that the table tilts rather than the saw blade. This makes angled cuts more dangerous.

The Universal is excellent machine for beginners who are looking for the quality and precision of higher end machines, but don’t want to spend too much. Its size is a limiting factor, and it can be worth looking for an Inca Major instead, which is not much more expensive.

Optional Attachments

There are several attachment available, namely a mortising, tenoning, moulding, and sanding attachment. The tenoning jig is considered especially well-designed.

Replacement Blades: The Inca Universal can use up to 7-inch (178mm) blades. However, because it has an unusual arbor (15mm) you will need to use a reducer ring to fit modern saw blades (usually from 30 to 15mm). For example, this one sold by Axminster.

North American saw blades of up to 7-inches often have a 5/8″ bore, so you’ll need to use a different reducer ring.

Machine Atlas Verdict

Highly precise, affordable, and small. May be too small for some people, and angled cuts are difficult.

Value for money

A

Quality

B

What we don't like

  • Tilting table means making angled cuts is dangerous (not recommended)
  • Not very powerful, but good enough for most home woodworkers

What we like

  • Highly accurate and reliable, modern machines at this price level don’t compare
  • Small footprint
  • Useful attachments available
  • Affordable and common on the second-hand market

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Discussion

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  1. Sometimes the riving knife for this machine is missing, but you can make it yourself (get it laser/water-cut or cut it yourself, not too expensive). On the Inca owners group there is detailed scan with precise size markings which you can print and use as a guide.

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    RobFounder
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  2. Hi can anyone help me with details on the chuck i require for the mortice attachment.

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    Ahmed Yusuf Meman

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Detailed Specifications

All the specs and options for the Inca Universal 341.017

General
Weight (standard configuration)9 kg
Motor
Motor Voltage3x 400V 3x 230V 1x 230V
Extra Features and Options
Extension TablesOption
Mortising attachmentOption
Sanding attachmentOption
Tenoning attachmentOption
Moulding attachmentOption
Table Saw
Maximum Cutting Height55 mm
Table Dimensions420 x 340/640 mm
Saw blade
Saw Blade Diameter178 mm
Tilt90-45°
Arbor diameter15 mm

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