This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Hari @ PCB x2008)
Date: Fri, 7 Feb 1992 20:15:42 GMT
> I read a borrowed a copy of Duginske's (sp?) Bandsaw Handbook recently.
> I got the distinct impression that he wasn't impressed with any of the
> US made bandsaws, including the Delta, because they use crowned wheels.
> Evidently crowned wheels make cheap saws track better at the expense of
> performance with wider blades. At least this is what I seem to remember.
> Can anybody add to this? The better European saws use flat wheels. Dunno
> about Japanese saws (e.g. Makita and Ryobi.)
After doing a whole lot of research I ended up buying an Inca 10.5" bandsaw a
year ago from Garrett Wade. I like it very much. It is very precise and gives
me no trouble even when sawing thru 6" stock. It is very quiet also. The only
two drawbacks I can see with this bandsaw is the price and the throat capacity.
I paid around $720 for it. For most of the work I do the 10.5" throat capacity
is okay, though I have felt at certain times that a 14" or a 20" would be
better. Regarding the quality of the tool I haven't seen any other brand
which comes even close to the quality of workmanship of the Inca. So if you
don't mind the extra money you pay for quality you should take a look at the
Inca 10.5" or the 20" bandsaw. The wheels of the Inca are not crowned and
tracking is not a problem at all. The blade is mounted on the wheels such that
the cutting edge of the blade sticks out a little bit off the edge of the
wheels. I personally think a crowned wheel like the ones used in U.S made
bandsaws will put uneven stress on the blade under tension.
Overall the Inca is a very nice and compact tool which I think will
maintain its quality for a long period of time.