For many of us, a decision regarding a stationary tool purchase comes down to Jet versus Delta. In my own case, Grizzly also gets some consideration and for others, Shop Fox, Steel City, or Powermatic may also be considered, but Jet and Delta are on virtually everyone’s list.
I have no rational reason to be anti-Delta but, in general, I have favored Jet over Delta on most of my major purchases until today. I wanted a decent drill press to complete my workshop. Lowes was selling Delta’s 16.5” floor mounted drill press, on sale for $379, and I bought one. It is up and running. However, one of the levers that controls front to back table leveling is not attached because the attachment screw has no threads. Also, I have two left over bolts with washers and nuts and I have no idea what they were intended for. The manual includes them in the inventory of things that I was to receive but makes no reference to them in the assembly guidelines.
I still don’t have an objective and rational reason to be anti-Delta in the past, but today’s experiences seem to reinforce that anti-Delta bias.
b.t.w. – Despite my complaints, this drill press works very well so far. Of course, it has only been used for one test case with a 2 inch Forstner bit.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.