A brand new Delta X5 36-L31X-BC50 was delivered to my house
today....and i had to send it back.
the cabinet had 2 dime sized rust spots that were clearly coming thru
from under the paint. this prompted us to check the rails, fence, and
extension table. the rails featured plenty of their own rust spots
including about 10" of corrosion on the fence locking rail. the
"Biesmeyer" fence was noticably warped along the left side laminate.
the extension table looked fine with the exception of low grade
the fella who delivered it (who also does setup) claimed that the
Unisaws are now made overseas and that he has noticed a sharp decline
in quality over the last 6 months. maybe we just got the Delta
box-o-sh*t, but it was bad enough that we didn't want another Delta.
we got us a General 650 instead.
I would be surprised if Delta reps don't keep a finger on this board.
maybe making my experience public will help get their quality control
back on track - it'd be a shame for the Delta brand name to suffer
lasting tarnish. ;-)
Interestingly enough there was a Delta tech guy that used to
hang out on one of the magazine sponsored forums. He did a
lot for people there and never did anything to embarrass the
company. He was probably one of the most respected posters.
Anyway, one day he was gone (from the forum) and via the
back channel it was told that he was told by Delta to not
post. Somehow I don't think Delta has the
insight/foresight/sightfullness to understand things like
"alternate avenues" for keeping the finger on the pulse of
They will cease business before they ever confront their own
problems. OK, that's a lie. They'll cease business and
then blame it all on imported machinery.
It's never their fault. No really. It was in all the
Smart move ... was just looking at some of Delta's latest big tool offerings
at a local dealer here yesterday. Not impressed. Mine own Unisaw is not all
that old, but I am damn glad that it is as old as it is.
I saw one being assembled in my local woodcraft the other day. On the back
it stated "assembled in USA from foreign and US components"
The motor was made in Brazil (looked awfully small for a 3 hp) and the
trunion castings looked a lot like the Jet cabinet saw castings.
The guy putting it together was having a hard time putting the switch on.
Seems that the switch was different than what the directions showed and he
was going to have to drill some holes to make it fit. For what one of those
saws costs, you would expect not to have to drill holes to put it together.
Lets hope that B&D will improve things......
You reckon ?
The last B&D drill I have in working order is over 30 years old.
The one I actually use is a Bridges that's 50 years old.
None of the B&D pieces of junk I've bought in the last 10 years is
Don't know about that; we just got a Cuisinart convection toaster oven,
rated number one by CR! :) Besides, I can't even remember how many
defective B&D irons my family went through until we switched to Rowenta.
patrick conroy wrote:
I find B & D irons ($9.97 at WalMart) to be excellent. I buy four at a time
at work. They are on 24 hours a day and we use them to seal plastic bags.
In 10 years, I can recall one that burned out after a few weeks, another
that burned out in a day. All the others last until dropped on the concrete
floor a few times. At any give time we may have six or eight irons going.
In a day, they are used more than most homes use them in a six months. Used
to by the S365 and now buy the cheaper S220.
Depends on what you get- I've only got two B & D tools, a handheld
jigsaw and a stationary (sort of) miter saw. The jigsaw is the worst
[jigsaw] POS I've ever had the misfortune to use, but the miter saw is
a beauty. For $100 the thing looks and feels like a DeWalt, and is
one of the more heavily used pieces of equipment in my shop.
Seems like after they bought DeWalt, the Black and Decker quality went
up- might happen again after they buy out Delta, but who knows? At
any rate, I don't like all this mega-consolidation, so I'm planning to
purchase from Grizzly in the future- at least until Black and Decker
buys them, too! :(
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