I've owned a 12" Inca table saw for over 10 years and love it! It's the 2100,
which looks the same as the 2200 except that mine was made in Switzerland and
has an aluminum top instead of the cast iron (I believe) on the 2200.
Here are the things I don't like about my Inca:
- The on/off switch has small, hard to operate buttons. I think the 2200 has
a much better switch. (On the plus side, the switch is a magnetic switch with
- It cost much more than the Delta. I splurged on this to reward myself
because I had been working extra hard, long hours on my regular job and felt I
deserved it. Now, I'm happy I did.
- The blade that came with it, a 12" Inca, was only so-so. I believe the 2200
comes with a Forrest blade, which is what I use (the Woodworker II, 10" with
Here's what I like about it:
- It is relatively easy to tune it up, using a dial indicator, to extremely
tight tolerances. There was a time, when I was working for a high tech company
and surrounded by engineers, that I set the blade-to-miter gauge grooves and
the fence-to-miter gauge grooves to a tolerance I measured in microns, but
that was clearly silly and overly compulsive. But the point is, that the saw
was cabable of it, even if it made no sense.
- The fence is even better than the Biesemeyer that was on my previous saw.
It is extremely easy to make it parallel to the miter gauge grooves and it
holds the setting for a long time. I can rotate the rip fence to expose four
different surfaces next to the wood I'm ripping. This is hard to explain, you
should probably get a better explanation from your dealer. I use this feature
all the time, alternating between the "low" fence which makes it easy to use a
push stick and the "high" position when I'm feeding wood on edge.
- It's true that the rails can be adjusted left and right, which gives you as
much capacity to the right of the blade as to the left, but I have the long
rails (which I recommend if you cut much plywood) and almost never change the
position of the rails. The rails have a built-in measuring tape (that is
instantly adjustable if you change blades) that I normally use instead of
measuring and marking the wood. And when you switch to the "high" position of
the fence, the "window" where you read the tape measure position changes by
exactly the amount the fence differs from the "low" position. Pretty clever!
- It has an outstanding dust collection built-in. There's a metal shield that
covers both sides of the blade, below the table, and a fancy airfoil to direct
the dust into a 4" outlet on the back of the saw. I get some sawdust blown up,
onto the table, but maybe 90% goes down the dust collector pipe.
- The guard that came with it was, like most guards, was impractical, and I
took it off. However, the splitter is not a part of the guard and is attached
behind the blade, under the table. I leave it on 99% of the time. Splitters
are an important safeguard against kickback. I believe that because I've set
the blade and the fence accurately and always use the spitter, I've never had
a serious case of kickback.
The miter gauge is better than any stock one I've seen. It quickly slides
left and right and comes with a "drop stop," which I use frequently.
I could go on, but I'm sounding like a commercial. I have no affiliation
with Inca, etc.
So I guess you could say I'm about as happy with my Inca 2100 as I could
reasonably be. It cost more, but I expect it to last me the rest of my life,
so the additional cost per year is miniscule. By the way, I built my own
extension table and legs, which saved me money. I also shopped around and
saved some more money.