What's up with the new 3/4 HP Delta drill press? Is it available?

Should I wait for the 959L Delta drill press? I heard that it was due at retailers in March and they haven't seen it yet. What's the problem?
-Gary
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gka wrote:

Boat not in port yet, probably...
What's so special about this particular drill press?
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It has a larger table and a laser projected crosshair where the drill point hits. I'd like to see it to compare with the previous 3/4 HP model which is a very nice drill press.

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gka wrote:

I'd certainly want to see the laser thingamabobbie as I personally think them nothing but gadgetry to break (but that's me, maybe you can find a real reason for it :) )...
Larger tables definitely an advantage. Don't know relative suggested/street pricing for it vis a vis others, but my personal preference for presses has shifted to where I'd probably seriously look at Griz for the price differential.
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I ordered the 20-959LX on Amazon in March. After repeated notes from Amazon about delayed availability, with dates that conflict with what Delta has on their own website, I requested clarification from Delta. Here is the response I received today (a disappointment, having already unloaded my previous drill press):
Thank you for your interest in Delta Machinery. Due to the fact that this is our first entry into the digital world on our equipment and we put all of our products through very stringent testing in order to insure the best precision and quality. We were having some repeatability issues on the digital depth readout. We expect this product to perform several thousand accurate digital readings over the life of the product without needing any adjustments. In order to achieve this standard, we are looking into some design changes to get better accuracy and repeatability. This is why the due date has been pushed out until next March.
Regards, End User Services
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Let me interrupt here. HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! HEEHEEHEEHEEHEE!!! You know, ROTFLMAO.
Well, ok, maybe they're (trying) to turn over a new leaf. 'Cause they can't get much worse.
As some know... Bought the 17-990X fancy schmantzy, sooper dooper drill press. And, it can't drill a straight hole. May be fixed (Skarie replaced head) - haven't thoroughly tested it yet. Delta service wasn't too hot either ("it's normal" to have that much runout, doncha know).
While I just bought a used DJ20, I'm gonna be awful slow in getting any new Delta.
Renata

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