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Offline Dave Ronyak

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Need Parts for Inca Jointer/Planer
« on: August 20, 2007, 03:06 PM »
I have an Inca Jointer/Planer (made in Switzerland in the 1980s) which I think was sold in USA designated as Model 507 or 510.  To my knowledge, Inca went out of business.  Cutter width is ~10 1/4", max. thickness through the planer is ~6 5/16" (actual dimensions are all metric).  Mine is equipped with a single phase 220V, 1.5KW motor which drives the cutter head through a flat belt and the knurled metal planer feed rollers.  The feed roller sprockets are connected by a roller chain mechanism that is driven by an elastomeric O-ring twisted nearly into a figure 8 which spins a steel screw shaped gear (think of spinning a hollow threaded rod).  This screw shaped gear is engaged with one of two concave shaped pinion gears to drive the feed rollers   These pinion gears are molded of plastic!!, and the teeth on the smaller one of my pinion gears is degraded.  Later machines were equiupped with a second flat belt drive instead of the O-ring, but they still used the same screw-shaped gear and plastic pinion gears.  The teeth of the pinion gears appear to be slanted (helical) relative to the axis of rotation.
 
Does anyone know of a source for parts for this otherwise excellent machine?  (I am still using the original HSS knives!)

If not, does anyone know of a source for custom gears?  All dimensions of this machine and its components are metric.

If not, does anyone know of a shop/source where I might have the planer rollers retrofitted with a separate small motor drive?  A totally variable speed drive would be great. 

Any other thoughts on restoring the power feed roller function?

Can a C12 drill be locked "on" and its speed adjusted?  [That would give me "justification" for a C12 set and perhaps one of Matthew's "most original (ab)uses of Festool" prizes.]

Dave R.
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Offline greg mann

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Re: Need Parts for Inca Jointer/Planer
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2007, 03:27 PM »
Dave,

Got any pics of the worn parts?
Greg Mann
Oakland, Michigan

Offline neilc

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Re: Need Parts for Inca Jointer/Planer
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2007, 03:35 PM »
Dave -

A few potential sources...

 1 - Check the Yahoo Inca group as there are frequently posts there for used parts and Inca gear.  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/incawoodworking/

 2 - Call Jesse at Eagle Tools 3027 Treadwell Street Los Angeles, CA 90062 (323) 999-2909.  They are one of the sources for Inca parts left over from when Inca gear was sold in the US years ago.

 3 - Inca is still in business.  You can also reach out to one of their European distributors for parts.  Given the small size of the gear, shipping should not be a lot.  A website with phone number is http://www.doebeli.ch/v1.x/index.html  Be sure to click on the UK flag in the upper right corner for an English version.

Good luck - I have several Inca tools and they are still running strong.  Please post what you find out.

Neil


Offline Gary Nichols

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Re: Need Parts for Inca Jointer/Planer
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2007, 08:20 PM »
Dave,

Just went to the sawmillcreek site and found this email address & phone number:

http://www.incamachines.com/eng/component/option,com_contact/Itemid,4/

the post says "Inca is currently owned by Multico of France..." (posted 11/09/2006)

Also says they speak English as well as French.....

http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=45609

Gary
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Offline Dave Ronyak

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Re: Need Parts for Inca Jointer/Planer
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2007, 12:19 PM »
Thanks, ALL of you!!  I don't have any pics, I'm still in the stone age when it comes to digital cameras - don't own one that works.  Other than this gear, my jointer/planer is a sweet running machine that consistently provides a very good finish.

Dave R.
Friends, family and Festools make for a good retirement.  PCs...I'm not so sure.

Offline Gary Nichols

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Re: Need Parts for Inca Jointer/Planer
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2007, 01:09 PM »
Dave,

If you go to:

http://www.incamachines.com/eng/component/option,com_docman/task,cat_view/gid,4/Itemid,5/

you can download the "Inca automatic planer / thicknesser 343.190 instruction manual", complete with parts numbers to make ordering a little easier. Hope that's the model you have; it's the only one listed... Kind of strange to find the English translation in the third column instead of the first..... Hope this helps...

Gary
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Offline Dave Ronyak

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Re: Need Parts for Inca Jointer/Planer
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2007, 02:09 PM »
Thanks, again, to all of you who came to my aid.  I emailed the Inca (France) contact link you provided and they responded the next day indicating all the parts I seek are available and shippment FedEx to USA would cost 19 Euros, and they take payments via PayPal.

Dave R.
Friends, family and Festools make for a good retirement.  PCs...I'm not so sure.