|Forum topic by BlankMan||posted 04-16-2009 03:54 AM||2515 views||0 times favorited||22 replies|
04-16-2009 03:54 AM
My worse fears in the acquisition are being realized.
First it was the chop saws. Now it’s the jointers. And the laths too I believe.
I used to me able to walk into the local Woodcraft store and look at Unisaw’s, DJ-20’s, a couple of Delta’s 6” jointers, not no more. It’s all Steel City, SawStop, Powermatic, Jet. The local Rockler store too, Delta is disappearing.
My favorite Ace Hardware too, there are four stores owned by the same family. These are big Ace Hardwares and they compete well with the BB stores like Home Depot and Menard’s which are both just down the road. That’s where I bought my Delta 1-1/2HP dust collector when it came out, my 36-255L chop saw, to mention a few. Now, all those items are gone. Today, all their Delta stuff was on in-store sales for on average 1/3 off. So I talked to the tools manager who I know and asked why. They’re dropping the Delta line because Delta is dropping a lot of the products they sold. He said they’re going to pick up a different product line and he mentioned Jet.
So that’s 6 major outlets that Delta has lost in my metropolitan area IMO due to B&D. There’s two more big Ace’s that I frequent that know me and are both big in contractor and professional sales that I’m going to have to check out and see if it’s happening there too. They’re a bit of a drive so don’t know when I’ll do that, but it was always worth the drive because they have these big machines on display and would deal.
If B&D isn’t going to sell their Delta products through these outlets, where are they going to sell them? Next B&D will drop the Unisaw after 70+ years because it’s not selling because they destroyed all their channels.
History does repeat itself. B&D is doing the exact same thing that Rockwell did to both Delta and Porter-Cable that Pentair turned around. So maybe we have to wait another 10 years or so when B&D has run them into the ground and sells them off due to lack of performance and somebody like Pentair picks them up again and rejuvenates them.
-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI