Have you taken a close look at these machines side by side? YMMV, as they
say, but I did a comparison between the Jet, Delta and Shop Fox at the
woodworking show last year. The Shop Fox _looked_
real good because of the
fit and finish, but a close comparison of the working parts convinced me the
Delta is a beefier machine. I have since purchased the Delta and it has more
than lived up to my expectations. The dovetail gib for the head is hell for
stout on the Delta, should be a big consideration on a machine of this type,
and was not matched in the other machines at the time.
Disclaimer: I quit looking after buying one ... so if Delta has a "new" X-5
model, all bets are off without further comparison.
Last update: 9/13/03
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