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Forum topic by ZiggyZ posted 11-27-2012 11:37 PM 9443 views 0 times favorited 81 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2012 11:37 PM

Hi everyone. I recently went to my local woodcraft and noticed they do not have any Delta machinery in stock. The salesman stated to me that they’ve been having serious issues with Delta providing their orders and have since refused to carry their line anymore. Has anyone else heard of this happening or know what the reason is? The salesman stated that they were on their way to being out of business. Just wondering if there’s any truth to this?


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#1 posted 11-28-2012 12:24 AM

I don’t know anything about Delta, but the local Woodcraft went out of business and they didn’t have much stock on hand prior to that. FWIW

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#2 posted 11-28-2012 12:29 AM

Well the “rumor” I heard was that Delta was moving 100% of their tool production back into the United States but will only be selling their product in China.

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#3 posted 11-28-2012 12:35 AM

loved my older delta tools, hard to imagine them folding, but might be cutting lines of tools. Sadly most brand names are going poor quality. On my third Hitachi air compressor this fall, buy junk, return junk to Lowes, get replacement, see you next month. Had many good Delta tools for 20 years, but not sure on new tools from any company. The early 90s appears to be the golden age for tools, still have many things from then. They are worth repairing, not much use for many new tools with 6 month life.

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#4 posted 11-28-2012 12:47 AM

”Well the “rumor” I heard was that Delta was moving 100% of their tool production back into the United States but will only be selling their product in China.”

LOL….did you start that rumor?!

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#5 posted 11-28-2012 03:04 PM

The salesman stated to me that they’ve been having serious issues with Delta providing their orders and have since refused to carry their line anymore. Has anyone else heard of this happening or know what the reason is?

After Delta was sold last year and moved their production facility to South Carolina, they did have some issues with filling orders. All that happened was that orders for the products increased faster than they could get the production lines spun up. Unfortunately that caused some doubt about the company so a few retailers dropped them and started a yo-yo of sales forecasts vs. production. Last I knew, Delta was still doing OK and have been working to increase production without letting the quality slip.

The salesman stated that they were on their way to being out of business.

That sounds more like the opinion of an unhappy salesman rather than fact. He is probably jaded after missing a few sales due to the supply issues.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#6 posted 11-28-2012 04:04 PM

LOL….did you start that rumor?!

Absolutely not! I heard it at Badger Pond or was it The Oak?

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#7 posted 11-28-2012 10:44 PM

Lot of folks over at IAP wondering the same thing see link for discussion. Yes, they move office SC, but still owned by same Chinese company. JMHO, more to do with down turn in economy than bankruptcy or going out of business, but have been wrong before.

http://www.penturners.org/forum/f30/delta-lathe-woodcraft-103241/

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#8 posted 11-29-2012 06:35 AM

The independently-owned franchise may have reached it’s credit limit with Delta. Suppliers are reluctant to ship goods to stores with outstanding balances due.

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#9 posted 11-29-2012 07:47 PM

Delta changes hands so often it’s not worth keeping track.

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#10 posted 11-29-2012 08:31 PM

New Delta CEO says customer’s won’t notice the transition

http://www.woodmagazine.com/blogs/woodworking-blog/2011/01/14/new-delta-ceo-says-customers-wont-notice-the-transition/#more-2286

Delta became a subsidiary of TOTY (Chang Type Industry) last year and far as I know still owned by them. While right now TOTY does not make tools for Delta. Many of the old Asian that companies made Delta woodworking equipment still do.

Well think customers are seeing hick-ups, whether that means Delta will fold not so sure.

-- Bill

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#11 posted 02-05-2013 04:34 PM

I heard this from three machinery distributors in the last two weeks. They were not sure what was going to happen to Delta.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#12 posted 02-05-2013 05:34 PM

Personally, i’ve bought two (2) delta machines over the past 10 years. My first purchase was a 10” table saw with a 30/31” rip copacity. The second was a 14” bandsaw. I have to say that when i bought my table saw from woodcraft they only had saws that would tilt right (which i didnt like). The band saw was clearly subbed out in Asia somewhere. SO, for me, i will never buy delta again and havent spent a dime on them in the last 5 years. My 8” jointer, and 13” planer are by other well known manufacturers. Personally, aside from any Americans losing a job there, i hope they bite the dust for subbing out their crap while pimping America with Norm Abram’s face. Just my $.02.

-- Jesus was a carpenter

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#13 posted 02-05-2013 07:03 PM

That’s quite interesting.

So Delta is a Chinese company now. I was amazed to learn that Delta Unisaw was made right here in the US. But it’s even more amazing that the company is now owned in China.

On the other hand SawStop is made in Taiwan, and is owned, operated, and engineered here in the US.

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#14 posted 02-05-2013 07:27 PM

I bought a Delta 46-460 lathe a few weeks ago, and had problems with the spindle wobbling badly. I called Delta for support and the phone rang awhile before an extremely bored and disinterested lady answered. She immediately referred me to a local service center for warranty service. When I called them about getting it looked at, they said it was taking them weeks and weeks to get parts, with an obviously implied “if we get them at all” sort of message. I just decided to return it. I will not be purchasing any more Delta products.

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#15 posted 02-05-2013 07:36 PM

I have a few Delta items two large Norm abram saws and a spindle osscilating sander a lathe etc etc and yes you can buy them here in the uk or at least could.I can’t see them folding down though too much money in it for them. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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