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Forum topic by Billinmich posted 09-11-2012 12:06 AM 1342 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2012 12:06 AM

Has any of you had a problem with delta’s power switches,just ordered a new switch for my band saw ,all ready replaced switch on my mortiser ,belt and disc sander and lathe.Never used tools a lot but think they should last quite a while with little use.May I’m a little to rough when turning them on and off.

-- Bill in Mich

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#1 posted 09-11-2012 06:44 PM

The switch on my table saw (36-980) was acting iffy a while back. I took the switch apart and cleaned it real good. Working fine now. If it goes I’ll replace it with one of the grizzly switches.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 09-11-2012 10:28 PM

how old is your stuff? I have Delta TS, DP, jointer, planer, mortiser ( all +/- 10 years old) and have never had a problem with their switches. before you do anything, I’d suggest unplugging and then a healthy shot of WD40 on all contacts that you can get at, perhaps minor removal where you can’t. I think that WD stuff was made for exactly this application even though it gets used more for things where it shouldn’t be.

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#3 posted 09-12-2012 12:27 AM

The switch on my Delta table saw broke so I replaced it with a simple on/off light switch for just about three dollars total cost.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#4 posted 09-12-2012 11:50 AM

The switch on my Delta bench top drill press is flaky and need replacement. Tool is not that old!

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#5 posted 09-12-2012 01:51 PM

every tool is less than 10 years old.I took switch apart on the band saw thinking I could clean up the contacts but inside the switch the plastic holding contacts was broke.Need new switch.Found all switches that failed were cheaply made.

-- Bill in Mich

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#6 posted 09-12-2012 05:51 PM

wow…price wise Delta seems to be trying to position themselves as a “super-premium” brand, and then they try to save $1-2 on one part of a machine that will leave a really bad taste in their buyers mouths (especially since their replacement parts always lead one to make the decision to fix or replace)?

file this under “how to kill a brand”.

I visited a small ShopFox dealer a few months ago and he said most machines anymore only differ in paint color and logo. We went through the list and when we got to Delta, he said nobody in the business knows what they are attempting to do.

I hope Delta (and/or who ever owns them now) checks this site.

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