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07-03-2013 11:35 PM

I’ve stopped watching this post. Opinions are like…everybody has () one
Are there any?

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#1 posted 07-03-2013 11:56 PM

Powermatic is made in Asia.

The only tablesaw built in the USA is the Delta Unisaw, manufactured in Delta’s new plant in Anderson, South Carolina.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 07-04-2013 12:13 AM

What about sawstop, where are they mfg? I typically buy old American Iron whenever possible. As noted most newer mfg go overseas. A real bummer in my opinion.

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#3 posted 07-04-2013 12:21 AM

I highly doubt that a Delta Unisaw in 2013 is made entirely in the USA…maybe the table, or trunions, or merely assembled here, but BUILT by American steel and Parts, no way.

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#4 posted 07-04-2013 12:26 AM

The Delta machinery site states the UniSaw is “Made” in the USA; with small print stating = with Foreign and domestic components.
That’s a NO, on Made/built/manufactured in the USA

It MAY (just maybe, please don’t get aggressive) be a BAD thing to have a machine from the USA, although it’s heartwarming, and nostalgic, a entire machine manufactured here, with our, ha, workers, may be a utter failure, and cost $10,000 per saw, just to pay the USA’s bullshit Gov. want-ons; meaning fees, permits, inspections, taxes, payoffs, trucking…more trucking, political payoffs, union wage gouging, and good ole American Greed across the board…of Directors, and their homes, vacations, bonuses…etc, etc, all down the line to a Amazon shipment to me…and the table is not flat…damnit, because the team the “table flattener guy” had for the Superbowl lost and he made that table the Monday after, and forgot his lunch too.

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#5 posted 07-04-2013 12:38 AM

Forget my post about USA saws, I’ll get a Grizzly.

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#6 posted 07-04-2013 12:47 AM

Ah well, the Unisaw is purrr-ty though. Priced for it too. I like (a lot) the dual handwheels in front, and the dial indicator…although, maybe it’s my OCD, because I STILL put a measuring tape from fence to blade, even though mine is exact & perfect everytime…I do it with my Incra stuff too…I just cannot trust any of my laid out measuring stick on tapes…for some reason, even though they are ALWAYS Correct…Ha

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#7 posted 07-04-2013 12:53 AM

Northfield, now thats a saw!

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#8 posted 07-04-2013 12:58 AM

where, when, how? ha…never heard of it? Hook me up.

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#9 posted 07-04-2013 12:59 AM

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#10 posted 07-04-2013 01:09 AM

I run, daily, a 1966 Craftsman 10” left tilt, rebuilt throughout, bearings, arbor, electrics, Motor (2hp Grizzly) and a Delta T2 40” fence, hand wheels, shop made cabinet with pissa dust collection…
But I want to flip it 180 degrees, have both saws in the same outfeed table station at 90 degrees from each other, and leave a Dado in it, and get a 3hp saw, both will be in a nice square table-made area, with a 52” on new saw, and the 40” on the Dado crafttsman.
Old image; shop has changed a bit, but it’s my saw, same year born as me.

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#11 posted 07-04-2013 01:31 AM

Thnx Loren,
Holy shyt, the Northfield saws are almost “Tank looking”. Wow what an impressive statement for a Table saw. If I had a massive manufacture need and a budget, I’d love to slew 12/4 Maple through one of these bohemouths. (spelled incorrectly)
Blades would be another bank loan altogether.

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#12 posted 07-04-2013 01:39 AM

Oh what fun to shoot the shyt with fellow woodmongers…Happy 4th to all!

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#13 posted 07-04-2013 11:26 AM

The General 350 & 650 were made in Canada, but are slated to be discontinued (if they haven’t been already). Otherwise, what’s left of the Unisaw is the closest thing to a TS made in the US that’d be feasible for most of us to obtain. Thanks in part to an eroding manufacturing base, and an onslaught of Saw Stop saws, there are many used US made table saws around.

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#14 posted 07-04-2013 03:43 PM

I had the pleasure of using Northfield machines in the far distant days of my youth.

Steve, I’ve been an American worker all my life. My American co-workers and I resent your implication that American workers are not as good as those in other counties. BMW has a plant a few miles from my house, German owned yes, but staffed by American workers. American industry and Russian blood crushed Germany, our industry, and our workers defeated Japan just as much as our military.

I’ve found a set of side cutters inside a sheet of imported birch plywood, and a long piece of 1/4 steel cable in yet another sheet of imported plywood.

And on this 4th of July, I’ve going to drink American beer and toast my German, Greek, and Indian neighbors.

Happy 4th Steve !

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#15 posted 07-04-2013 04:25 PM

I’m a little embarrassed that I neglected to mention Northfield table saws. Like fredj, I had occasion to use a Northfield #4 (14” model) in a woodworking class I took a couple of years ago. It was a beast!

Most of the people in the class were afraid of it and would head to the SawStop ICS or Delta Unisaw in the shop, so it was often sitting idle. I actually liked using it, but must admit the rank-and-pinion fence took a little getting used to.

The cabinet shop at Western Tech in La Crosse has several Northfield machines (table saw, 2 bandsaws, 2 jointers, planer, etc.). All of them were built like tanks and are truly high quality machines. Northfield classifies their products as “intermediate and heavy duty woodworking machinery”. I doubt there are very many hobbyists and DIY’ers that have Northfield machines in the home shop.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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