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    $349.99 list($788.00)
    1. Delta 22-580 13" Two-Speed Finishing
    $225.00 list($332.02)
    2. Delta 14-651 Professional Bench
    $169.99 list($254.59)
    3. Delta 50-155 Universal Miter Saw
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    4. Delta 31-255X X5 18" x 36" Drum
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    5. Delta 36-L31X-BC50 X5 3HP Left
    $396.55 list($471.22)
    6. Delta 17-965 16-Speed 16-1/2"
    $949.99 list($1,299.89)
    7. Delta 36-717 10" Hybrid Saw with
    $149.00 list($201.41)
    8. Delta AP400 Shopmaster Two Bag
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    9. Delta 33-895X X5 12" Radial Arm
    $899.00 list()
    10. Delta 28-475X X5 14" Closed Stand
    $249.99 list($333.70)
    11. Delta 50-875 Remote Air Purifier
    $279.00 list($395.00)
    12. Delta 50-850 115 Volt, 1-1/2 Horsepower,
    $349.99 list($473.64)
    13. Delta 36-255L 12" TwinLaser Miter
    $549.00 list($771.03)
    14. Delta 28-206 1 HP 14" Professional
    $1,149.00 list()
    15. Delta 22-780X X5 15" Planer
    $189.00 list($267.50)
    16. Delta SA350K Shopmaster Boss Spindle
    $299.99 $269.99 list()
    17. Delta 50-760 1.5HP Dust Collector
    $699.00 list($942.44)
    18. Delta RS830 10" Radial Arm Saw
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    19. Delta 37-275X X5 6" Professional
    $195.00 list($275.37)
    20. Delta JT160 Shopmaster 6" Bench

    1. Delta 22-580 13" Two-Speed Finishing Planer
    list price: $788.00
    our price: $349.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000648AS
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 52
    Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Delta calls its 22-580 a finishing planer, but it's really two planers in one. A dimensioning speed of 60 cpi allows you to shave rough wood to its desired thickness quickly and accurately, with virtually no snipe. Then, with a single pass at the quicker finishing speed of 90 cpi, your wood comes out ultrasmooth and ready to go. The razor-sharp, double-sided M2 steel knives are powered by a 15 amp, 120-volt, single-phase motor. Bells and whistles like a blade zero indicator (which lets you set the cutterhead to the exact thickness of your wood), patented cutterhead lock (which eliminates snipe), and easy blade-change system add to the value, as do the oversize infeed and outfeed tables, which make it easier to glide your wood through the machine. Overall, this is one solid piece of machinery. --Carl Thress ... Read more

    Features

    • Fastest and safest blade change system on the market
    • 2-Speed feed rate system for rough and finishing stock removal
    • Patented cutterhead lock virtually eliminates snipe
    • Full range depth stop for any thickness from 1/8" to 6-12"
    • Blade zero indicator to set the cutterhead the exact thickness of material

    Reviews (63)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up....way up!
    After being in the market for a planer for several months, I had read dozens of reviews. I couldn't justify spending $1200.00+ on a 15" planer, but was also a bit reluctant to buy a "portable" looking planer. I finally decided on the Delta 22-580K and I am very happy with this machine. Delta has gotten everything right on this planer. Dont let the benchtop look fool you, this planer has plenty of power. The 13" capacity is ample for most applications and the ZERO Blade Set and the Cutterhead lock are great features. The finish is smooth as glass and no sanding is required (even on the dimensioning speed its very good). The cutterhead lock really does eliminate snipe. I have found the depth gauge to be quite accurate. It took only about 10 minutes to have the unit up and running. All you have to do is mount the 2 cranks. It takes longer to watch the video that comes with the unit. I havent changed blades yet, but other reviewers say it is pretty easy. I would advise anyone looking at a 15" planer to give this unit serious consideration. I would recommend it without reservation.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Buying rough wood is great!
    This planer does a great job in every type of wood I've run through it. Plenty of power, easy to adjust, and I've probably already retrieved the cost of the planer by buying rough wood. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is that when received, the cutter head was about 3/16" out of square with the table, and it took forever to figure out how to correct it, as the owner's manual makes no mention of it. Also, I'm a little suspect of the durability of the knives, although other reviewers seem to have had good luck... I've already had to turn the originals over due to fine nicks. Don't buy this unless you've got a plan for dust collection (have to buy the attachment separately, which makes no sense). Two 12 foot 4/4 boards will fill a 30 gallon trash can when planing to 3/4". Other than the few issues, this is typical of the kind of quality I've always gotten with Delta.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good, solid and reliable
    I bought this planer after passing on the new DeWalt because of reliability issues.

    This is a solid machine with a lot of features to make planing a simple chore for the home woodworker. I do recommend getting the dust collector chute and hooking it up to a dust collector. This thing creates a LOT of shavings.

    The wood comes out nice and smooth. I do like the zero depth stop feature. The thickness gauge is accurate once you've set it properly. I really like the instructional video that comes with the machine as it clears up any confusion with the manual's descriptions of different operations.

    I use this planer in conjunction with a Ridgid jointer, so for a relatively low outlay of $$ I can start with rough timber. This is the quickest return on investment you can get as prepared timber is so much more expensive to buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Faithful & True
    Being a user of Delta & Porter Cable products and builder of cabinets and fine furniture, once again, Delta's reputation of quality machinery stands true. I found the pre adjustments made at the factory were on target with no adjustments needed on my part. I broke the machine in starting with maple, walnut and oak milling down from 34" to 1/2" with no trouble and no sniping worth talking about. The finish was smooth as glass. However, I do recommend that you should purchase the vac attachment for the planer as you will build a mountain of chips that would put a beaver to shame. I have the planer hooked up to a shop vac which does the job with little effort and the area is clean after planing. If you are looking for quality work with simplicity in operating, you can't go wrong with the Delta 13" planer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very good first planer
    This is my first planer. I am a hobby woodworker. I have been using this planer for about 3 months now and it has become a central peice of equipment in my shop. I have run several hundred board feet of lumber through this thing and I have never sniped a board unless it was my fault (like pulling up on the board in the end of the out feed). It leaves a glassy finish on most every wood. There is some tearout in curly maple which is to be expected. It is powerful, quiet, and most importantly accurate. I have never used a pro model planer but im not sure the difference. This planer planes to the desired thickness and leaves a surface that needs no sanding. What more can you ask for. ... Read more


    2. Delta 14-651 Professional Bench Top Mortising Machine
    list price: $332.02
    our price: $225.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006K00N
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 50
    Average Customer Review: 3.56 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Square holes? No problem. Delta's industrial mortiser offers precision with a1/2-horsepower motor behind it. A rack-and-pinion system raises and lowers the head,and the mortising head column swings 180 degrees for off-table work. Clearly a step upfrom Delta's MM300 Shopmaster mortising machine, this one's made with theprofessional user in mind and includes an adjustable dovetail way on the mortising head,a tool and chisel tray, a gas-filled head stabilizer and multiposition feed lever. There'salso a generous 16-3/4-by-13-1/2-inch cast-iron base and 2-15/16-inch tall two-piecefence totaling 13-5/8 inches in length. Bit and chisel changing is easy with the chuckkey/hex wrench. Of course, we always want to use new tools right out of the box, andDelta's made sure you can get started right away with 1/4-, 5/16-, 3/8-, and 1/2-inchchisel and bit sets. Beats a drill and hand chisel any day! --Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • Includes 1/4-, 5/16-, 3/8-, and 1/2-inch chisel and bits to get you started right away
    • 1/2-horsepower motor designed and engineered exclusively for mortising for greater accuracy and reliability
    • handles work up tp 3-3/4 inches under hold down for a variety of applications
    • Multi-position hand lever and rack and pinion lowering system for easy operation
    • Large Cast-iron base with center through hole

    Reviews (34)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent machine
    Assembly is straightforward, though compressing the hydraulic cylinder to mount it is not mentioned in the instructions. It takes some force, but you can do it by hand.

    You do have to keep an eye on the depth of the drill relative to the chisel. If the drill bit isn't in REALLY tight, it can back out a bit when mortising dense hardwood. Then you'll get the chisel making premature contact, and that will probably shorten its life.

    The instructions that come with the device could be better. I think Delta assumes that pros are buying these things, and underestimate the "New Yankee" factor.

    Even given these relatively minor complaints, this tool rocks. It makes a difficult and time-consuming manual operation a simple and fast power operation. Well done. As long as the chisels hold up, I'll be happy.

    4-0 out of 5 stars buena herramienta
    adquiri delta mortiser machine y la recomiendo como una estupenda herramienta hace el trabajo mas facil y limpio y rapido una buena herramienta a bajo precio
    la recomiendo

    1-0 out of 5 stars Boo Hoo Hoo
    I just received my Delta Mortiser and like others have reported, it was damaged. The packaging looked as if it had already been "around the block" a few times. After opening it, I found a crack in the cast iron motor bracket. (my heart fell to the floor... ;-(
    Just finished packing it up for return. I was very suprised at the flimzy packaging from Delta. I own at least a half dozen or so Delta power tools and all of them where packaged as if they were ready to take a trip on the space shuttle. I've bragged to my wife several times about the way Delta tools are packaged. (She even keeps the boxes for storage) Even with the marginal shipping practices of UPS, this unit is truely packaged poorly. The fact that the unit is packaged with the head attached to the stand creates an accident waiting to happen. It seems that minimal shock can crack the dovetail. I guess Delta failed to do a drop test on this unit.
    The styrofoam seems as if was not fitted for this tool. There is so many little cubby holes that don't seem to fit the parts that it took some time to figure out how to repackage it for return.
    I guess I'll give it another try. Maybe next time I'll be able to talk about how much I love the tool.... dc

    5-0 out of 5 stars what service
    i read all the reviews ,including the horror stories about broken parts and bad packing , but i ordered the 14-561 anyway.
    i have always had good results with amazon. i placed my order on
    may 31. tracking said i would receive items(i had other items in
    this order) on june 7. well they all arived on june 8. only 8 days total. not bad! i really did not know what to expect because of all i had read. my delta 14-651 mortiser was in perfect condition.the box had one tear on a corner about 2in.long , no big deal.i set it up in about 20 min. and made my first mortise in some oak. THIS MACHINE WORKS GREAT! bits and chisles VERY sharp. machine has plenty of power. take your time and enjoy.

    4-0 out of 5 stars shipments cause concerns
    this is an excellent piece of equipment if it is delivered without damage. from the reviews I read it appears that all the
    damaged units were purchased from amazon.com. why? should I buy
    a second unit for my son from a local merchent? ... Read more


    3. Delta 50-155 Universal Miter Saw Stand
    list price: $254.59
    our price: $169.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000302XG
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 366
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    This is a rough-and-ready stand that will accommodate virtually any miter saw, but it's the oversize wheels that let you cart your saw practically anywhere--even up and down stairs--that really make it a winner. Built-in rollers support longer stock and are smooth right out of the box. The aluminum fence comes with a stop for easy duplicate cuts, and a stock-lift inhibitor keeps your cut piece from picking up after the cut. Sturdy steel legs adjust to your preferred work height, and when you're done, the stand folds quickly and easily, ready to roll. It's 84 pounds without a saw, but you'd never know it. -- Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • Folds and unfolds quickly to roll on and off of job site for quick set up
    • Aluminum adapter rails accommodate any manufacturer's saw
    • Aluminum fence for added support of longer materials
    • Adjustable steel support legs for increased stability
    • Adjustable steel rollers facilitate correct alignment of longer stock

    Reviews (55)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Nice-but heavy
    I am a full-time contractor specializing in turn-of-the- century restorations. I recently purchased a new Bosch 10" sliding compound saw, and decided to splurge and purchase the Delta saw stand for my new saw. The saw was delivered promptly, but the box was damaged in transit. The stand seemed OK. After unpacking, I was impressed with the quality of the unit. Heavy gauge steel, nicely finished. Assembly was tedious, it took several hours, counting looking through my piles for several missing bolts and nuts. However, I like the thing. It seems very stable, and the wheels are handy. (I really haven't used it yet.) Biggest problem is its weight. The stand and saw together are over 110lbs. A bit cumbersome to load in and out of a truck each day. Even collapsed it is very awkward to move around corners, up stairs, etc. I have decided not to permanately bolt the saw to the stand, and use metal clamps for attachment once the stand is where I want it. But like I noted, overall it is a nice thing to mount your saw to.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent stand with some words of caution
    I bought this stand to go with the Bosch 3915 10" SCMS saw. Because of the large base of these saws, other SCMS's and I would suspect most 12" chop saws, you can't utilize the supplied support and stop. I also could not utilize the cord wrap brackets as the mounting hardware interfered with them, which isn't a big deal to me, but worth mentioning.

    The build: 60-90 minutes, you'll go faster with a cordless drill with a socket attachment. This will likely also prevent you from over-torquing and breaking any fasteners.

    The good: Sturdy and stable though a bit heavy with wheels and a handle for easy mobility. Outfeed supports for long boards and easily collapsible for storage. The DeWalt, even being more expensive doesn't have the flexibility for movement that this does (a major consideration if you need to move it from site to site). The stand is HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE, for anyone whose stood at a miter saw for hours and ends up with a sore back from bending over, this is a very good feature!

    The bad: The afforementioned fact that some accessories won't work. I wondered during the set-up why Delta doesn't offer 2 different model stands, and offer them at less cost. If you have a saw that will fit the standard MDF mount then you can, if not you have to take that off and use different brackets. You end up with a lot of leftover parts either way. It's heavy, but that lends to the sturdiness of it so you take the bad with the good there. Some people complain about having to set up the outfeed supports each time but if you mark the posts like someone else suggested, it's a no-brainer.

    There is some small room for improvement so I'm giving it 4 stars, but as with any "universal" stand there's going to be different issues for different saws.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Stand, But You Need To Make A Little Modification
    I became interested in one of these saw stands after seeing one set up in a woodworking store. I was quite impressed with how heavy duty it seemed and particularly with the capacity of the outriggers. So I got one.

    After I got it home I read some owner's comments suggesting that the enclosed hardware was crap. I have to agree. I didn't strip any of the bolts out, but it's a wonder. They're too soft, I believe. At least all the necessary hardware was included.

    The only other problem has to deal with the stand's inability to be left unattended when it's folded in a semi-upright position. Some folks have suggested kickstands but I decided to work with what was already there: First, I stood the saw upright in the folded condition and let it balance on one leg, blocking the wheel so it wouldn't get away from me. Then, I drilled a hole through one of the hinges where the two flat metal plates overlap when the stand is folded. I then inserted a 5/16" bolt with a plastic handwheel through the hole. With the bolt in position, the stand can't move, even though it's sitting at about a 75 degree angle. I also painted the plastic handwheel dayglo orange so the reason for immobility would catch my eye if I got stupid one day. Now it works great!

    As far as using the thing, it's great. I've got a 12" Dewalt CMS on mine. I don't regret buying the stand at all.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Too small for big saws...
    This is a well made unit for the price. I have used mine for about 8 months on the jobsite, and in the shop.

    The only problem I have with this stand is it is not designed to fit the big saws (12 inchs) Delta, or otherwise. You have to remove the MDF table that is used for mounting, and then reverse the setup using the provided rails. If you do not reverse the setup, the side with the wheels attachted will not close up for movement.

    This unit is quite combersome with my big Delta attached, but does a good job of rolling, and is very steady when set up.

    The out riggers are nice for working with long lengths of materials.

    I would highly recommend this unit for the price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Happy Customer - Easy to Use.
    The only complaint I have with my stand is I bought it shortly after Delta released it and I paid too much.

    It did take longer to assemble than I expected but the handbook was reasonably well written and led me through the process. This stand is well designed and full of little features you discover through use. The cord storage rack on the back is simple and adds a lot of utility to the stand. Simple spring loaded levers make setup and breakdown simple and the stand is sturdy in the setup configuration (on reasonably level surfaces). I will say that changing configuration can be a handful with my heavy 12" Delta saw on the stand; but it is one of those things you just learn to do.

    I recently helped my son frame up a large storage shed on his property. He is a construction superintendent and has access to a lot of neat toys. After watching me drag the stand out of my pickup, roll it over to his slab and set it up in about one minute he just said "Cooollll". That about says it! ... Read more


    4. Delta 31-255X X5 18" x 36" Drum Sander

    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000A25X6
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 957
    Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Five year limited warranty on machines, parts and accessories
    • 1-1/2 hp induction motor is located beneath the sander to protect it from sawdust
    • 90V Permanent magnetic motor
    • 80 grit abrasive sanding wrap, steel stand, integral dust chute hood
    • Includes (5) 80 grit sanding wraps and (4) 120 grit sanding wrapsand

    Reviews (10)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't understand the problems mentioned
    I carefully compared this to the Performax 16-32 at a woodworking show. I had planned on Performax because a friend has the 22-44, but that's an entirely different machine (much beefier) than the 16-32. Side by side I decided on the Delta. Although it is more expensive, it is beefier (I could rack the performax arm).

    It was true right out of the box. Set up and alignment is straightforward and well explained by the manual. It is on a 20 amp circuit. However, this is a sander, not a planer. Stalling, tripping, or burning problems are signs of trying to remove too much material. I suppose with 36 grit paper you could remove stock, but even then only 1/64 to 1/32 at a time.

    I have noticed no meaningful vibration, the unit is very quiet, even when removing stock (can hardly hear if no stock is in the sander). Belt change is simple (would have prefered 3" belts, but the 2" work fine).

    Maybe quality control is really as bad as some of the reviews indicate. Mine was better than expected.

    2-0 out of 5 stars poorly designed
    This sander is EXPENSIVE but very weak in it's performance. I am truly disapointed in this sander. It looks good but the drum can't keep up with the in-feed belt if it is set for maximum run. The machine's drum binds against the wood being fed into it if there are knots or if the wood is a hard wood. I paid well over $800.00 for what I was told was a great drum sander. I tried to return it the very next day as I found out that first night how poorly this thing performs. Save your money, but a different brand if you want a machine that sands like it should. Shame on you Delta!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Satisfied
    Trouble tracking the conveyor belt. Learned to live with it.
    Other wise ok.

    5-0 out of 5 stars after a year I am loving it
    This machine gets used as much as any in my shop. Once I figured out the limitations of the machine (feed rate and depth of cut), I have been enjoying using it. I used to pop the circuit breaker fairly often because I was asking too much of the machine.

    This machine has improved my woodworking.

    I find this machine to be very useful as an abrasive planer. Put a 36 grit belt on it, and it does a suprisingly good job of flattening. (Follow that with an 80 grit, and then 120 - and you'll be happy)

    I found that my opinion of this machine has steadily improved over the year I have owned it, and now I can't imagine not owning it - it is a real time saver.

    4-0 out of 5 stars just what I needed
    I would love to have a dual drum sander, such as grizzly's 24" model. I don't really need the extra capacity of the Delta. However after much thought (my wife calls it indecision) I decided on the 31-255. As a part time job we rehab/restore old houses which results in the need to move my entire workshop every couple of years, more often if the house doesn't have a garage or barn, so the 450lb grizzly beast was out.

    I've had the delta for two weeks now and I don't know how I survived without it. Assemby took about an hour. The first time I turned on the drum I couldn't believe how quiet it was. There was no wobble or shake to it. As a sander it's great, keep in mind it's not a planer, and expect to make multiple passes.

    It's worked great on cabinet doors, old barn boards and cabinet stiles and rails. However, its not so great on larger face frames a r/o sander is quicker and easier. I haven't tried any really big and heavy pieces yet but so farn snipe has not been a problem. I find that my planer and jointer have gotten less use but they are still needed from time to time

    One side note -- after buying the delta it came to my attention that Sears sells a 18x36 drum sander that seems similar to the performax 16-32 for $699
    available online only : ... Read more


    5. Delta 36-L31X-BC50 X5 3HP Left Tilt Unisaw with Biesemeyer

    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000A25Y8
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 725
    Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Five year limited warranty on machines, parts and accessories
    • Includes left tilt, 3 HP single phase motor for powerful cutting
    • 50" Biesemeyer commercial fence system
    • Carbide tipped 50 tooth ATB&R saw blade, right extension table, adjustable steel support legs
    • Two cast iron extension wings, standard insert, miter gage, motor cover and 4" dust connector

    Reviews (11)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Top of the line
    I bought the 3HP, left tilt Unisaw with 50" Biesemeyer fence, and I'm delighted with it. I had some questions on adjustments, and their tech support personnel were great - prompt and well-informed. The Southern accent was just a nice bonus for this displaced southerner (I work for Yankees, but that doesn't mean I have to like it :).

    In contrast with another reviewer, I can't get mine to act up at all. It handles everything I've thrown at it as though I'm asking it to cut 3 sheets of paper, ho-hum. And that includes some long-ish cuts in 2 1/2" thick oak. No thick maple yet, but that's on the docket soon.

    There was a warning on the assembly instructions about attaching the extension table legs in a different place if you were using a mobile base. I ignored the instructions and had to remount the legs in the right place (doh!), so be sure you pay attention there.

    I waited a while to get this Unisaw, and figure it's the one piece of shop gear I'll never need to replace. Maybe I'll update it in 20 years with the latest laser-guided fence doohickeys or whatever is new then, but the saw and motor will easily outlast me. And I'm not too old or decrepit yet!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Delta Saw
    Saw was delivered without difficulty. Package was in good shape. Assembly was not as easy. Extension wings were not labeled left or right, but they were not too hard to level. The splitter assembly was easy but the plastic blade guard is a real pain to work with. It is in the way of everything you want to do on the table surface. The motor cover is very nice but the holding screw is all the way at the bottom so you have to lay on your stomach to see it and get it out.
    The Biesemeyer Fence is very well made. However it came without 2 packages of hardware and mounting screws so I had to call and have them sent. That took another 10 days to mount the fence system.
    Overall I am very pleased with the saw. I expected a little more QA on the packaging with all needed parts but sometimes it happens.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, weak customer service
    I purchased my Delta unisaw several months ago and it is everything that I had expected and more. Works like a charm, flat table, easy to assemble, and accessory items mate perfectly. I read a lot of reviews, spoke to a lot of people, and Delta was highly recommended. I was a bit concerned about the overheating and wiring issues some reviewers were having, but this saw runs perfectly. I think some of the reported wiring problems must be a result of not clearly understanding or following directions.

    I had a few minor problems during setup (a few missing parts and a minor problem with the sub-base) and had reason to work with Delta customer service, both in Tennesee and the local service center in Ontario, CA. I was not very impressed, as many of the answers I received were wrong or poorly thought out. People on the phone usually were not well informed on the product and had to ask someone else before getting an answer back to me. I tried using email, and the responses were very late and of poor quality (contrast with Grizzly customer service........quick responses to email, couteous and helpful). Over the phone I would often get different answers depending on who I spoke with.

    One Amazon reviewer recently mentioned the z-brackets that were missing from his Biesemeyer extension table. He was told that it was the result of a misprint in the manual. I also was missing the angle bracket and z-bracket. After weeks of going in circles with Delta cusomter service, they sent me three of each. So, they do exist and they actually can help for fine leveling adjustment of the extension table. I also did not get the hollow handle for the miter guage, as they shipped a solid metal handle. (It is not really important as I have gone to an Incra miter guage) but I asked them to send me the correct handle. Well, they shipped me three handles (the wrong handles, the same one I already had) but they also shipped me three caps (in a separate bag) that are made for the hollow handle that I had asked them to send. So, it all went in the trash.

    If the saw lives up to expectations, I will never have to deal with Delta customer service again. Let's hope.

    As I mentioned earlier, I also purchased accessory items (mobile base, outfeed table, t-square blade guard)...and all arrived in good shape, installed easily according to assembly directions, and work well.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Nightmare! I don't know what to do!
    I ordered a Delta Saw ( 5 hp version) on March 13, 2004. I received 3 boxes out of 4 on March 29. The freight company told me that they left the other box ( Biesmeyer) in Kansas. I called the freight company today and they told me they could not locate the package. They told me to get in touch with Amazon. Amazon doesn't respond to my e-mails. In the meantime my orders are getting cancelled. What a nightmare!
    I heard a lot of good things about this saw. I wish I could use it and write a nice review about it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everything I Was Hoping For
    I held off for a long time in buying this saw. I looked at as many other alternatives as I could find and I researched everything I could get a hold of. I wanted to be sure I was getting the best for the money and that I was going to have the saw for a long time. The Jet was very appealing but when I called about 13 cabinet shops everyone agreed that the Delta was a better machine. Just to note though, they all thought the Jet was an excellent option if couldn't afford the Delta.

    So it came down to value. When you consider that one of the free tools Delta is offering is the mobile base (Which works incredibly well) and it comes with a free, high quality, blade the price is very reasonable.

    The assembly was so simple that I am very confused by other reviewers that had problems. I did need someone to hold the extension wings while I bolted them on. But other than that I did it myself with a very big smile on the whole time.

    I don't' need to mention the performance nobody ever questions it. ... Read more


    6. Delta 17-965 16-Speed 16-1/2" Floor Drill Press
    list price: $471.22
    our price: $396.55
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00002266L
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 359
    Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    If your projects require you to drill with big bits or if you find yourself attempting to drill with precision under questionable circumstances, this heavy-duty 16-1/2-inch drill press from Delta will help you get out of your, um, hole. Running off a 3/4-horsepower motor that can be wired for either 115 or 230 volts, it gives you an impressive deep plunge length of 4-7/8 inches and holds up to 5/8-inch-diameter bits. Solid cast-iron construction and a 3-1/8-inch column give it the industrial feel and durability we look for in this type of tool. You'll enjoy the rotating work base--which bevels, of course, 45 degrees each way for drilling angles--as well as the depth stop that can be set quickly and easily with microadjustments and a locking mechanism, great for repetitive drilling. While other models sometimes place hard-to-read speed and belt charts under the top cap, Delta uses a wide, clearly legible chart to explain how to configure the belts for each of 16 speeds (215 to 2,720 rpm). And, thanks to the smooth, cool-running induction motor inside, you're not likely to find yourself shopping for a drill press again for an extremely long time. --Justin Paul ... Read more

    Features

    • 3/4 hp induction motor for powerful, smooth running operation
    • 16 speeds from 215 to 2720 rpm for drilling a variety of materials
    • 5/8-inch chuck for use with a wide variety of drill bits
    • Two-year limited warranty on machines, parts, and accessories

    Reviews (31)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thoughts on my new Delta Drill press
    This tool is great, not perfect, but still great. It is well designed and well built. Not many consumer products have
    this much cast iron and steel. The tool is heavy, stable, quiet and cuts great holes. I had a little bench drill press for 20 years, and now realize what a waste that was. This Delta would be better with some kind of quick release to raise and lower the table by hand (now you have to crank up and down the shaft). Jet advertises such a feature on their model. Also, the Delta table does not pivot out of the way easily, and does not tilt easily--too many steps and hard to reach bolt.

    Wished I had bought this long ago. As a hint, get a set of carbide tipped Forstener bits, as they work great--much better than the spade bits I used to use.

    Delta has a good manual, and knows how to design tools. Give it a try. Do wish I could afford a variable speed model, as the belt adjusting looks inconvenient, and I will stickw with whatever speed was set at the factory.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Tool for Serious Woodworker
    I have had this floor model drill press for over 2 years and love it. I think that Delta makes some of the best tools in the business. While the cost of the drill press originally made me think twice about purchasing it, I am glad that I did. While trying to decide whether to shell out so much money for a tool that basically a cheap hand drill could do was a bit of concern. That notion was very incorrect on my part. A hand drill can not come close to making accurate holes and mortises as this tool can. I love using it for mortises, and I even make them without the use of a mortising attachment. I set up the fence and equip the drill with a forstener bit and drill numerous holes, moving the wood over very slightly each pass. This technique seems crude, but I feel it works better than a mortising attachment. If you do enough passes it can practically be flat enough so you don't even have to remove the excess with a chisel.

    PROS:
    * Accurate holes and mortises
    * Heavyweight so it doesn't move around easily when working
    * Runs smoothly (especially when converted to run on 220V of electricity - which I highly recommend for ALL shop tools)
    * Very easy to change the belts to make it run different speeds

    CONS:
    * Somewhat awkward to attach a fence to the table
    * Pricey (but worth it over time)

    Overall, a great tool for any serious woodworker. I think there is only two major shop tools that are more critical to your shop, a good table saw and a floor model jointer. Get a good quality drill press ilke this and you won't regret it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Machine At The Right Price
    One doesn't wax poetic about drill presses. They perform some functions that are vital to a workshop, but their primary function - to bore straight and true holes into a variety of materials is hardly glamorous. And not one has ever thought to make a drill press look like anything other than it is. And yet, without one, craftsfolk would be limited in what they can do.

    The Delta 17-965 is intended to be an economic entry into the range of heavy duty presses. As such it is primarily for woodworking and light metal work. It lacks the architecture and high precision for exacting machining. But it comes very, very close and at a price that makes it a reasonable entry in an economical shop. It also is sold as the Delta ShopMaster DP400.

    Basic features are a 3/4 horsepower engine, a 5/8" capacity chuch, rack and pinion table movements and an external depth stop. It is capable of 16 spindle speeds (215 to 2720 RPM), changes manual via the pulley belts. The table can be tilted 45 degrees left or right. The quill can travel 4-7/8", but if you are using the mortising attachment you will need to shift the depth stop up out of the way, which will cost you about an inch.

    An early warning for people used to manhandling a benchtop press. Most of the 195 pounds of this press's weight is in the head - particularly the motor. Delta designed the head so that there is no easy way to get a grip on it. Assembly should really be a two person job. I'm not a weight lifter, and getting the head down into my workroom was a near disaster. And then I had to winch up the head so that I could lower it on the stand.

    It works beautifully. I've been cutting long pegs out of Honduran rosewood for a project, which takes a lot of torque and precision. It has worked smoothly throughout. The mortising attachment also works beautifully. For the price this is a tremendous amount of drill press. You could spend more and be less satisfied.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Probably best in the fly-weight class
    I'm considering this press as a replacement to my old drill press - various friends own a mix of Delta's, Jet's and General's in the 16"-18" range and I've tried them all. This Delta won the Editor's Choice in a review of low-end drill presses in one of the woodworking mags last year, largely on the basis of low run-out, superior quill control and travel, ease of adjustment and alignment. Delta has a sale on this until mid-April 2004 through my local dealer at $369 with a free 17-924 hollow mortise kit - not needed by me (I use a General mortiser), but a cheap leg up for those interested in trying mortises.

    Jim from Douglas, WY: Some improvement can always be gotten by dismounting the chuck, carefully cleaning it and refitting it - all factories are carelessly-quick in final assembly, even on critical aspects like this. Your run-out of .0015" is commonly thought to be better than required for fine-fit woodworking, my goal. You must be a machinist, but this press is way underweight for most metalwork.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I really like this drill press
    I've been slowly replacing my lower level (cheaper) woodworking tools with higher quality ones. This drill press was just about my last one because I thought the little bench top Craftsman drill press I had was just fine. I had no idea how much difference a high quality drill press can make in everything you do with it. It was easy to assemble with a little help from my son and the only thing I see wrong at all is a pulley misalighnment which I haven't fixed yet but plan to soon. The adjustments and accuracy are excellent with the possible exception of the table tilting mechanism. I don't use it much so it's not a real big deal but I'm certain it could be engineered a littl better.

    I bought mine at a local woodworking store, the price was actually $20.00 cheaper than Amazon and I didn't have to pay shipping. They just loaded it in my Minivan and I felt good because I'm supporting my local merchant plus I'm saving money and if I have a problem I just talk to them and they help me. I can't understand why anyone would buy mail order for something big like this. ... Read more


    7. Delta 36-717 10" Hybrid Saw with 30" Biesemeyer Fence, Rail and Table Board
    list price: $1,299.89
    our price: $949.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007SXGJC
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 2950
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    Features

    • Oversized On/Off switch with full overload protection
    • Full floor to table cabinet for maximum stability and dust collection
    • 1-3/4 HP Continuous-Duty, Fan Colled Motor with single Poly-V belt design for smooth motor to blade power transition
    • Extra-large table surface with left and right side cast iron wings
    • Left-Tilting blade tilts away from fence

    8. Delta AP400 Shopmaster Two Bag Dust Collection System
    list price: $201.41
    our price: $149.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006K005
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 407
    Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    This is the perfect dust collection system for the home woodworker. It packs a powerful 1-horsepower motor and moves a maximum of 650 cubic feet of air every minute. Top and bottom collection bags mean you score a hefty 2.6 cubic feet of chip/dust capacity. When we ran this system, we were impressed by how quiet it is--a great advantage for the home woodworker. The 4-inch hose fits standard dust and chip chutes on tools like your jointer, table saw, and planer--the big names in sawdust manufacturing! The AP400 is a great choice for the average home woodworking shop because it's mounted on such a small footprint--just 14 inches wide and 27 inches long--and it sits on four easy-glide wheels to move the system from one tool to another or into the corner for storage. Great power, great price. --Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • 1-horsepower TEFC induction motor with cooling fins delivers 650 cubic feet per minute of airflow--ideal for use with a single machine
    • Curved steel impeller for durability and maximum airflow
    • Sturdy steel base with casters for mobility
    • 30-micron filtration bags are standard equipment

    Reviews (8)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great collector, but shop around before you buy
    Nice unit, I've always been happy with delta products. BUT, The shipment took OVER 1 MONTH with no explanation. This is the second big tool that I've purchased from Amazon.com and the last. Unacceptable

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good Dust Collector (after modification)
    Have had the AP400 for a couple of months now and have had the same broblem with clogging on the planer as another reviewer, shavings getting hung up on the little cross bars at the inlet. I solved the problem with a slight modification (it involved metal snips) and it now works fine with no clogging! I have it connected with overhead pipe system (standard old galvinized vent pipe from my local home center) with T's coming off to four different machines with blast gates on each T to allow one at a time to be used. Works great you don't have to keep fooling with the large hose moving from one machine to another, just close and open blast gates as needed. When not in use I can disconnect the hoses that run from the blast gates at the T's down to each machine and roll all the equipment out of the way (I am set up in my garage works great.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great dust collector
    Just got the AP400 and it had no problems when connected to my Delta 12.5" planer. I was planing 1X8 kiln dried cedar and I had no clogging problems at all. I used it extensively on my table saw and the dust fog I had been living with when ripping was no longer there. I would highly recommend this collector to anyone who has a small shop and wants to connect one machine at a time.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Packageing
    I machine so far works well, however I got a scare when I opend the box and everything was covered in a white powder. I got scared and called the Sheriff with what is going on in the world today.
    Well come to find out it was what they put in the box to control moisture, they put a package containing lime. And the package got punctured somehow,I had never heard of that before I have always seen silicon gel used for that purpose. I suggest they use something else.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Clogging issues with planers
    Out of the box, the unit would clod very quickly when attached to a planer taking 1/16 of a 4" board (something a 650 CFM dust collector should not have a problem with). The problem is caused by a crossbar in the 4" inlet which appears to have been added to prevent someone from sticking there hand up into the impellers. Longer shavings from the planer get caught on the bar and then in turn help catch later pieces. I could probably be sued for suggesting people fix the problem the way that I did, so instead I would suggest the slightly more pricy JET which does not have a crossbar. Another reviewer went up in size instead and I think that is probably overkill for most small, single operator, shops. ... Read more


    9. Delta 33-895X X5 12" Radial Arm Saw
    by Delta

    our price: $1,749.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000A25XG
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 1755
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    Features

    • Five year limited warranty on machines, parts and accessories
    • 2 HP single phase motor for powerful cutting
    • On-off key lock switch and overload protection
    • 12" combination blade, retractable leaf guard
    • Blade guard with anti-kickback attachment

    10. Delta 28-475X X5 14" Closed Stand Bandsaw

    our price: $899.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000A25WT
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 1936
    Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Five year limited warranty on machines, parts and accessories
    • 1-1/2HP motor with enclosed stand and guarded drip proof motor
    • Push button switch, chip chute, blade and belt guards
    • Arbor and motor pulleys and V-belt, blade guides
    • Platinum Pro band saw blade, quick release blade tension lever, integrated 4" dust port

    Reviews (8)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Band Saw
    I received my saw a week after ordering it. The ABF driver was very agreeable about unloading the saw and setting it in my garage. I then was able to unpack it and move it into my basement shop in pieces. The saw was packed very well and arrived in perfect condition. Assembling it was easy, the directions were mostly very clear and easy to follow. I made my own mobile base and assembled the saw on the base so I wouldn't have to lift it more than once. I was apprehensive beforehand about ordering such a big heavy tool, but my experience could not have been better. I also recently purchased a jointer at my local home center, and I wish I had just ordered the Delta from Amazon instead. I bet I would have had an easier time.

    4-0 out of 5 stars So far so good......
    After a great deal of studying, reading, looking and touching, I finally bought this saw. I hope this review is of some help to others in the market, the purchase caused me a great number of "sleepless" nights... I highly recommend reading "The Bandsaw Book" by Lonnie Bird (at Amazon for about $14) - it was a great resource and one of the better woodworking books on tools I've purchased.

    Overall I think this is an excellent saw. I don't agree with the two gentlemen who only gave it one star. I've only had it a few days but am so far very happy. NO vibration. Runs smoothly and quietly. Switch is fine. I really have no idea how much it weighs; I didn't put it on a scale. I do have some negative comments (below) and will make my final assessment later.

    I found the choice boiled down to two saws for me: the Delta X5 and the new Powermatic (made by Jet essentially). I looked at the European saws from Minimax and Laguna but found them to be out of my price range. They are both beautiful saws and if I had the money, I would have looked more seriously at one of them before buying. However, they are both $500+ more than the 14" saws. It also appeared that these saws were better suited for resawing than any scroll work and my intent was more of the latter than the former.

    A short comparison:

    - Delta claims this saw is the only one "made in the USA." I don't know if that's true or not but don't really care. I buy cars based on quality, not where they're made. It wasn't a selling point for me.

    - The PM saw has far more "bells and whistles" than the Delta does out of the box for about the same money.

    - I found the casting is clearly beefier on the Delta. The casting on the PM is the same as the other Jet saws.

    - I thought the table and trunion mechanism was also beefier on the Delta.

    - PM seems to have a better rip fence.

    - PM has cast iron wheels, Delta's are aluminum. I'm skeptical about the wheels on the PM providing any "flywheel" effect as the salesman said as they are ribbed and not very beefy (neither are). Delta's are "computer balanced" - a plus for the vibration issue.

    - Stand on the Delta has cheap plastic hinges and catch. PM's is metal and nicer (a minor issue).

    - PM uses Carter (or Carter style) guides and tension mechanism, which I like better than the new Delta system

    The saw:

    Assembly was fairly easy and only took a few hours. As with all tools with a motor/belt, the alignment of these is a pain. I think they should come up with a better solution - it can't be that expensive! I ended up having to move the upper pulley out a bit to make it line up with the lower one (which I had pushed as far onto the motor shaft as I could).

    Detla claims 100% American and American made - bearings are made it Taiwan. I'm inclined to believe other parts are too. Not a problem for me, I just don't like being lied to as I was by the Delta rep.

    Bought the riser block so I needed 105" blades. The "free" platinum pro blade in the box went immediately into the trash. In hindsight, I probably should have used the saw with that blade and then when I wore it out, attached the riser block. A minor thing.

    Trunion bolts were missing! This is my biggest complaint. How can they let something so grossly wrong leave their factory unnoticed?? I had to go the local hardware store and buy two bolts. Again, a minor thing but poor quality control as far as I'm concerned.

    Upper wheel bearing is bent out of shape but works fine.

    Extended blade guard is a poor design and should be re-done. It gets in the way of the upper door and doesn't adjust very easily. I had to bend my door out a little to shut past it. It was a simple thing that only took a second and it works fine now.

    NOTE IF YOU BUY THE RISER BLOCK: When you remove the rod that holds the bearings and guides, etc. there's a small ball bearing in the casting that keeps the rod from crashing down on the table when it's loosened. Delta forgets to tell you to catch this ball bearing as it FALLS out of the casting when you remove the rod. I heard it bounce and then spent 20 minutes crawling around on the floor looking for it!

    I bought cool blocks and Timberwolf low tension blades from PS Machinery. Both great buys.

    Good luck.....

    1-0 out of 5 stars Rates Right-Up There With A The Ford Pinto
    Do you have any idea what blowing $900 dollars on a band saw can do to a person? Find out and buy the new and improved Delta-X5 Delta Band Saw. The X5 is noisy, the blade guides are a joke, it vibrates, has poor dust collection (really stupid lower bearing dust door), the tensioning system stinks, has a cheaply wired switch, the table is not flat to the right of the blade, and above all is over-priced by hundreds, and I mean hundreds of dollars. Oh ya, expect to shell-out another $90. bucks for the Delta fence, and more bucks for other third-party parts to help reduce the motor vibrations. Even after spending an additional $300. dollars, it still does'nt run smooth, and I think that's because the upper assembly (which is bolted down) wobbles on it's enclosed stand. Delta's product management team is in serious trouble if they continue to market this kind of poorly made machinery to the American woodworker. The saw is just another example of job out-sourcing which keeps hurting Delta's past reputation for high-performance woodworking equipment. I absolutely know in my heart this is the last machine I buy with the Delta name plate. Buying this saw with the proud label "Made in USA" puts Delta on my list of "Fleecing of America" for ever more. Next time around I will order and gladly pay the freight cost for a Laguna Band Saw. A Euro-saw designed and rigorously tested by real woodworkers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Saw, A Classic, A Small-Shop Standard!
    This is a fantastic saw. It's built on a time-honored and proven design (which has been copied by others extensively), and has now been improved upon by the inclusion of the tension release and the better resaw fence included in this model.

    The manufacturer's comments say it all, but it's important to take notice of the lower guides on this saw. Having these guides close to the underside of the bottom of the table allows for tight turns and better tracking on straight cuts. The competition doesn't have this type of guide -- only Delta. This is extremely important when the going gets rough (in a tough piece of wood or in a tight turn).

    Also, this saw has a super-heavy trunnion underneath it -- heavier than the "you know who's" saw with it's aluminum trunnion.

    If you are interested in doing some resawing, get the riser kit (even if you don't do a lot of resawing, the extra capacity is nice). Then, pair the saw up with some of those low-tension Swedish steel blades that are so popular and you can run a 3/4" blade on it with no problem. I don't think the saw would properly tension a 3/4" blade unless you seek out these low tension blades, however. With the riser kit and these blades, this is a fantastic saw for resawing, and it's made even better by the super-adjustable features of the fence that's included.

    I've done a lot of cutting on my saw, and I'm extremely pleased with it. Unless you're prepared to spend nearly twice as much, I don't think you'll beat it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars band saw upgrade
    I researched quite extensively before my purchase. I owned a craftsman and wanted to upgrade. My choices narrowed to the new powermatic, which is pretty and taiwanese, the delta USA or the Laguna European, all 14in band saws. I went to my local supplier and read tool reviews. They all passed with flying colors. I actually leaned slightly towards the powermatic because it was 50 dollars cheaper and came with more accessories. I then saw the machines next to each other (except laguna),there was no comparison. The delta looked far superior from castings to table to thumb screws, a better machine. I bought one. The only problem I encountered was with the carriage bolts, chrome and black.(Use chrome to put motor mounting bars on, save black for cabinet) I put it together alone, the main saw component is heavy but managed the lift solo.
    P.S I got a video from Laguna Tools a week after my purchase. I ordered it when researching. Its very interesting their bandsaws are European and of or what appeared exceptional quality worth checking out. I may have bought too soon!!Get back to you on that. ... Read more


    11. Delta 50-875 Remote Air Purifier
    list price: $333.70
    our price: $249.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00009LI48
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 311
    Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Patented dirty filter indicator
    • 1,300 CFM, 850 CFm, 650 CFM
    • 1 micron inner filter electrostatic outer filter
    • Remote control 3-speed motor and delay shut-off

    Reviews (10)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Poor Amazon return policy
    While I believe the Delta 50-875 air cleaner to be a good product, it is a shame that I can't say the same for Amazon.com. I purchased the air cleaner and it arrived with a broken control panel due to shipping damage. I e-mailed amazon and requested that I be able to return the unit for an exchange. I received the return shipping label and UPS came and got the damaged unit. I thought everything was going very smoothly - so far I would have rated Amazon a 5 star type of company. It is a shame that after this they turned into a 1 star company.

    first I received no notice of the unit being received or a refund or notice of a new unit shipping. Complete silence. In case you haven't noticed, there is no telephone number to contact a person to ask any questions. I e-mailed the questions and after 2 days returned a simple answer that my credit card had received a refund - no unit would be shipped. If I wanted another one, then I could order one. I checked my credit card and found out that they had refunded me but had deducted 9.99 for return shipping. Another e-mail to ask questions and 3 more days to have them explain that we will deduct the cost
    of return shipping from your refund, unless the return is a result of our error. Therefore, $9.99 was deducted from your refund." I complained and they stated "Due to the circumstances surrounding your order, I have made a one-time exception to our standard policy".

    It has been 2 months and I now have my refund - but I don't have my air cleaner. I get to start the process over again..

    I am very disappointed with Amazon's actions after damage due to shipping damage.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with the Delta
    I bought two Delta 50-875 air purifiers and have been very pleased with both units. They arrived without damage (in contrast to comments made in other reviews posted here) and they both work great. I did a lot of research on Delta v. Jet or JDS before buying the Delta units. I find the Delta to be quiet and also clears the air in both my basement application and in a separate workshop installation. I do a lot of work with MDF. The electro-static filter allows me to clean the pre-filter (instead of replacing it as on some other brands). All in, I'm very happy with this Delta product.

    2-0 out of 5 stars 3 Pocket filter is way too much money to replace
    I love the air filter unit, but the 3 pocket filter that captures the 1 micron stuff fills fast (better than in my lungs I know) but it is expensive to replace. The electrostatic filter, if you need one, can be found elsewhere for 15 bucks and not $50 so shop around! My other complaint about the unit is that you have to do some rigging to make it hang from the joists but it can be done. Be careful not to bend up the box when doing so though!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Received just fine
    Unlike others, I received mine today in fine shape. The shipping box was in good condition and the unit was in excellent working order.

    I share the other reviewer's opinion that the eye hooks should have been on center for standard construction ie; 24"

    My only whine is it a bit noisy on high volume and that is a weak complaint at that!

    Overall I'm quite satisfied.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good
    Delta came close with this one. The fit and finish are great there are only two problems that I can see with this unit. The mounting holes are 18" or 22" depending on which direction you are facing the machine. As most of you know that does not line up with any typical ceiling framing. A little more thought there would have sure saved a lot of work on the part of the end user. The other thing is the remote is probably the cheapest one I have ever seen. I am not sure if it will survive a fall on to the concrete garage floor from the table. Otherwise it operates without vibration and seems to do an excellent job of cleaning the air. Those are the main reasons to buy this one. Lack of convenience is the only reason this unit gets a 4 from me. ... Read more


    12. Delta 50-850 115 Volt, 1-1/2 Horsepower, 1200 CFM Dust Collector
    list price: $395.00
    our price: $279.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000223BE
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 210
    Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Remember that annoying workplace slogan, "Your parents don't work here--clean up after yourself"? Well, with the Delta 1,200 cfm dust collector, you've got a powerful, well-built machine to keep the shop clean. Built with a 1-1/2-horsepower induction motor for long life and curved steel impellers for durability, this dust collector whisks away debris from tools' dust ports with surprising force, so the only thing collecting particles around the shop might be your old broom resting in the closet. Set on a sturdy caster base for easy mobility, the dust collector stands 88 inches tall and has two intake ports for collecting simultaneously from multiple machines. The large 6-cubic-foot bags will reduce your trips to the trash and filter the air of particles down to 30 microns. For cleaner air, you can always upgrade to 5- or 1-micron bags. This is a great tool for any midsize woodworking shop. --Justin Paul ... Read more

    Features

    • Two-year limited warranty on machines, parts, and accessories
    • 1-1/2-hp motor with fins for cool, extended running
    • 1,200 cubic feet per minute of airflow--ideal for use with two machines
    • Curved steel impeller for durability and maximum airflow
    • Sturdy steel base with casters for mobility

    Reviews (36)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Whatta SUCKER!!!
    I'm working out of a makeshift shop (4 mil plastic shroud) in a walkout basement until I can move into my house that's being built and realized after a few hours worth of using my Bosch contractor table saw and router that things were going to get too dusty too quick unless I took some anti-dust measures.

    I researched all the brands and talked to a good number of knowledgeable guys at the local woodworking store and decided (or rationalized) on the Delta 50-850. I took a hard look at the AP400, but knew that although it may meet my current needs, I would eventually want another intake port and more HP/CFMs. Also, I was honestly impressed by the Jet and Grizzly machines, but what can I say, I'm a Delta guy! Plus, I liked that it came standard with a 5 micron bag versus the standard 30 micron bags.

    I got the box home, unpacked it and wasn't surprised to have it easily put together in about 45 minutes. Delta has always impressed me with their no-nonsense, K-I-S-S approach to power tools. Their elegance is in the basic simplicity of design. That being said, I did experience some angst when the directions said put flat washers on the screws before the lock washers .... seemed a little odd having the flat (big) washers on the outside, but oh well, I guess ACTUALLY following the directions would seem a little strange to anyone.

    So then came time to put the bags on. Read so many reviews about how difficult it was or what a pain it can be. A total non-issue -- easy as could be without one hiccup. Maybe Delta added the "lower dust bag retaining clips" since the other reviews, but I had no problems whatsoever.

    With my assembly having gone so well, I was excited to fire this thing up. I finished reading the instructions, went to attach it to the port on the back of my saw and realized the 2-1/2" side of my 4" to 2-1/2" adapter was exactly the same size as the Bosch's exhaust port. Quick trip to the Blue team and I found a suitable rubber plumbing adapter that worked. With that minor issue out of the way ... I'm ready. The moment of glory when I get to hit that big green 'ON' switch. So I do. It runs for about 3 seconds and then cuts off. I'm checking the reset button when my girlfriend comes downstairs with a lit candle. Ok, I may be a little slow but I quickly figure THIS ONE out. Used my biggest gauge extension cord and found a 20-amp plug (in the laundry room), fired 'er up and WOW!! Not too loud at all and used one of the hoses (remember, one is included. I bought an extra one.) to clean the place up a little before trying out the saw. Ran it all night long as I used the saw and didn't see one ounce more of new sawdust. Very impressive! I did notice that the smaller particles (the most dangerous ones) were still suspended in the air (kind of hazy), but I plan on buying the one micron bags and eventually an ambient air cleaner for added protection.

    5 Reasons to buy the Delta 50-850:
    1. With 4" hoses you need more CFMs to move the right amount air without breaking the bank (remember, manufacturers quote MAX CFMs).
    2. 2 intake ports are better than one.
    3. Easy to set up and easy to operate.
    4. Don't settle. Go for a better model vice an 'ok' one.
    5. It's a Delta.

    Bottom line: This thing may cost a little more than what you to pay for a dust collector, but buy it and you'll find it's truly money well spent. I did ... and I'm very happy with both the quality and performance.

    3-0 out of 5 stars It was wonderful while it worked
    This is a powerful vacuum. I bought mine 2 years ago. Unfortunately, about a month ago, the vacuum sucked in some small oak blocks from the table saw. The oak blocks, about 3/4" square by 3 inches long, slammed against the fins inside, dented the cover and slightly bent the fin wheel. I heard a loud clang and that was all, the unit kept working.

    Soon after, I discovered that crash caused the fin blade to go out of balance. Now it is burning through start capacitors within hours. It is so bad that I am giving up on it and buying another vacuum.

    I would get another 50-850, because it is a good product for the money. But of course, I'm not happy with the motor and the vulnerable, delicate design. Long-term durability is clearly this product's weakness. And, I'm dissatified with the flimsy structure, which makes the unit hard to move around.

    I like my Delta tools but I don't love them.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed.
    Disappointed, but Delta rectified the problem. They do stand by their products. I own a lot of Delta woodworking equipment. I have a 10 inch Unisaw, 14 inch Bandsaw, 8 inch jointer and 13 inch planner, a Drill press, a Belt/disk sander, jigsaw, mortiser etc. and I love them all. The Delta 50-850 has been a nuisance. The 1 1/2 hp 3450 rpm Tiawan motor keeps burning out starting capacitors. No, I do not overload it and I have not had any jams. I have replace three capacitors since I bought it in late 1997. The capacitors sell for less than $10.00. On my last visit to my motor service/repair shop (fall of 2003) I observed an identical Delta 50-850 in for a total motor rebuild. I was advised that chronic capacitor failure is often due to a faulty switch inside the motor. My dust collect has just burned out another capacitor (June 2004). If you visit the Delta repair parts WEB site you will find they want $310.00 plus shipping for a new motor. Would a new Delta motor be any better? That is more than a whole new dust collector from the AMAZON.com. The good news is that even though the machine was made in 1997, Delta stood by thier product and will replace the motor!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Now Thats POWER!
    I'm new at building my own shop. I did quite a bit of homework on dust collectors. Just starting it up for the first time wowed me. You could here the power. After a quick connection with a hose and floor sweep it got its first test. After placing the floor sweep in a pile of sawdust and turning it on, it showed what it was all about. Without moving anything the unit picked up the pile and about another 3 feet around the pile. It was incredible just seeing it happen. I was originally looking at the next model down (since its a small home workshop) But have to say that I'm very happy with going with the next level up. I read it in other rewiews and I'll give the same advise. Spend a little more now. Its worth it. The setup took about an hour and was very easy to do. The bags connect very easy without any effort. One final piece of advise: Make sure your ceilings are high enough so you don't have to take the top off to move. Thats my only mistake. An I'm fine with it. Enjoy!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars How did I ever do without it?
    After looking at units from Jet, Delta, Grizzly, JDS, and HF to name a few, I decided on the Delta 50-850 because of a good match of price and performance. I can say without a doubt that I was not disappointed.

    The Delta units comes standard with 5 micron bags, and option that can cost $40 and up on other units. It also comes with clear botom bags for easy disposal and retaining clips to hold the bag in place while you fasten the band clamp.

    My first impression when I hit the start button was one of pure happiness. I immediately felt a massive amount of suction and proceeded to clean up all the piles of shavings and sawdust I had accumulated in the shop. It sucked everything up in no time, yet I didn't see any hint of dust flying in the air because of particles making it through the bag. Only time will tell as to how long the unit will last, but for now, I'm very happy I decided to buy the Delta. ... Read more


    13. Delta 36-255L 12" TwinLaser Miter Saw
    list price: $473.64
    our price: $349.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006K00A
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 368
    Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    While laser guides for miter saws have been available as aftermarket add-ons for a few years, this saw is one of the first we've seen from a major brand to incorporate lasers in the design of a saw. The saw itself is the same excellent 12-inch compound miter saw Delta has been selling without a laser. It has a powerful 15 amp motor, a sliding fence, integrated dust collection, and a comfortable grip. The tool is solidly constructed and designed to stand up to rigorous professional use. The laser system used on this saw works a little differently than some of the available aftermarket systems. Instead of making a single laser line on the lumber showing where the cut will be, this system projects two lines to show the material that will be removed by the kerf of the saw blade. So, as the saw is beveled, the space between the lines gets wider to accurately reflect the extra material taken out by the blade coming in at an angle. The lasers can be adjusted to match the blade you're working with. We were big fans of Delta's original 12-inch miter saw, and the addition of the twin laser system makes it that much better. --Brian Trinen ... Read more

    Features

    • 2-year limited warranty on machines, parts, and accessories
    • 15 amp motor for powerful cutting
    • Horizontal D-handle for more comfortable operation
    • Nine positive stops at common angles for quick setup
    • Extension wing and sliding fence provide added material support

    Reviews (22)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Saw
    Just completed 40 feet of custom kitchen cabinets using this saw and could not be happier. Setup is fast, easy and clearly described in the manual. The laser sights are easy to line up for any particular blade, and marking stock prior to cutting has become a thing of the past... I simply line the mark on my tape measure on up with the laser mark, remove the tape and cut. No lowering the blade to see how I line up...awesome!

    Only two comments for potential purchasers... the lasers tend to pick up sawdust - which reduces their brightness. A shot of compressed air takes care of that problem.

    Also, the saw has built-in receptacles for a material hold-down device - which is available on some Delta saws - but is not available as an option on this saw.

    Bottom Line: This is a great saw.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid and accurate
    I bought this saw to replace a starter model Craftsman 10" miter saw that I had for about five years, which was fine for simple cuts but which never could handle a compound cut, no matter how I tried to square it up.

    I actually bought a DeWalt 705S before this Delta, but the DeWalt has a serious engineering flaw that revealed itself almost immediately once I started using the saw -- see the reviews on this site (including mine) that address the poorly engineered miter locking system on the DeWalt. After returning the DeWalt, I spent some more time shopping around and reading more extensive reviews. After checking out the saws, I chose this Delta.

    The Delta has been a joy. Simply put, it is built like a tank. Still, with aluminum fabrication, it is not noticably heavier than comparable saws.

    Mine required some minor adjustments to the positive stops on the 90 degree and 45 degree bevel, but everything else (lasers, blade to fences, etc.) was dead on from the factory.

    The action is smooth and has a solid feel to it. Many of the tensions are user adjustable, so you can customize the action to your liking.

    The saw has rubber feet that keep it stable even if it isn't bolted down. (Contrast that with the DeWalt 705S, which slides all over the place if you don't mount it.) Delta also has a clever system that allows this saw to be mounted on 2x4s for worksite use.

    I replaced the 40T carbide blade that came with the saw with an 80T ATB Freud blade, which does wonderfully. Changing the blade on this saw is a fairly simple matter, requiring the same size wrench to loosen the blade guard and the arbor screw; an adequate wrench is included with the saw. (The DeWalt had Torx screws.) The 40T blade itself makes pretty clean cuts and would probably suffice for framing work, but it's a bit too drastic for trim work.

    Changing the blade to one with a marginally thinner kerf required an adjustment to the left laser, which was easy to make. The lasers live up to their billing, painting lines across your stock that show exactly what the blade is going to remove. It makes it easy to line up your marks precisely without doing the old pull-the-blade-down-duck-and-check-the-mark routine.

    The extension table and sliding fence were simple to install and are nicely machined. I agree with the reviewer who suggests the clamp for fine work, though; the surface is fairly slick and, as a result, the blade can make the wood slide to the side a bit if you're cutting a 45 degree miter.

    The cookie cutter Porter Cables are also nice. But, as it's the same saw, why not take Delta's two-year warranty instead of PC's one-year warranty?

    I would buy this saw again in a heartbeat.

    And take note that the reviewer who claims below that the product number is misleading apparently does not understand that the 36-255, like the 36-255L, is not a dual bevel compound miter. The laser is the difference. I do note, however, that the "technical details" on this site at the time I'm writing this misstate the plug type. It is a two-pronged plug, not a three-pronged (grounded) plug. The motor also has externally accessible brushes, contrary to the technical details (see p.19 of the manual).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Saw. Period.
    First, I have to say that I'm just SO impressed with this saw! I've used many different brands of saw before, but never a Delta, so I didn't know what to expect. So let's start from the beginning:

    Arrival -
    Saw came in a VERY sturdy box. We're talking like 1/2" thick cardboard here - well packed and secured. Box acted as temporary stand for about 3 weeks... Everything was in the box and everything was labeled. Nice...! Word of caution - be careful getting the saw out of the box - it weighs almost 70 pounds! The box and the packing were good indications of the quality of the saw...

    Setup -
    The saw is technically ready to go out of the box, but the left table and fence extensions needed to be attached. If you don't want to use those, then you really are ready to go. But guess what? They actually provide little hand tools for this. Very nice touch.

    Alignment -
    After attaching the extensions I followed the instructions for aligning the saw. The manual very nicely described every detail of this process. To my surprise, the fence was 90-to-the-table and the blade was both 90 and 45 to-the table OUT OF THE BOX! Factory aligned - very impressive. The lasers were also perfectly aligned to the factory installed blade. So, I technically did NO alignment whatsoever.

    Impressions after use -
    Blown Away. I bought this saw for the dual purpose of both chopping large stock and trim work. First I chopped some 2x4s. Factory blade is perfect for this. It did a great job -what else can I say? I know cutting 2x4's is exciting...but... I then threw a Freud 96-tooth blade on this, re-aligned the lasers and did 3 rooms of crown flawlessly. The blade change on this is the easiest of any saw I've used. The miter lockdown mechanism is awesome - you'll have to use to understand, too hard to explain, but you'll know what I mean when you do. The twin lasers are SO SWEET. First saw I've used with lasers and man, what a feature. That blade goes right between the lasers, dead on, no guesswork - loved em! Manual was good - clear and well written, though the black-and-white pictures were a little tough to see. They also provided a handy crown angle chart. Finally - the thing is solid. I'm old-school where weight = quality and this thing is just SOLID. Flimsy it is NOT. 70 pounds of American made steel - It's a beautiful thing!

    Complaints -
    To be fair, I'll try and give a balanced review, though it's hard to find things to gripe about with this saw. First thing, it seems that after about the second room of crown the lasers slowly went out of alignment. This was literally a 10 second adjustment and to be honest I was impressed they stayed aligned that long after the CONSTANT miter and bevel adjustments and the beating I gave the thing.
    Second, don't like the positive crown stops. Not really a complaint, but maybe a suggestion - for the serious woodworker these stops get in the way since a corner is RARELY square. If it was close to 90 and I was trying to tap the miter close to the positive stops the saw would fall into them and I would have to start over. Minor, very minor, but I would just remove those positive stops for crown in the next version of the saw cause they're kinda useless.
    Third, the saw guard got in the way when I tried to cut 4" Base Molding standing against the fence. The cut went through, but not all the way - it left like 1/8". It went all the way through when I gave it a little jam...but...not something you want to do all the time.
    Finally, the lasers have a separate on/off switch. This is nice if you don't want to use the lasers, but it's an extra thing you have to remember to turn off. Maybe the next version can have a timer on it to turn em off after like an hour... yeah, I forgot mine on over night once...I should unplug my power tools you say? BAH!

    Conclusion -
    This saw ROX. Period. I'm very impressed with every single feature on it. It weighs a ton and cuts like a dream. Everything about it screams ease-of-use and accuracy. I think this saw has single-handedly sold me on the Delta brand. I will be buying more of their products in the future.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great but not perfect
    I bought this saw to replace my Hitachi 10". The first draw back is the Delta only goes to 47 degrees as my hitachi could go out to 60 degrees. After setting up the saw and squaring up the fence I went to set up the lasers and ran into some problems. The hole milled for the left laser was slightly over sized causing the laser to jump and not be true to the blade. I took a center punch and put a couple of punches around the outside of the housing and it tightened right up. Other then these draw backs this is a great saw. For the price you just can not beat it. I still can not believe the Porter Cable (same saw) is so high priced.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You Won┬┐t Be Disappointed in this One!
    The fit and finish of this product are outstanding, and the accuracy is everything that you could want. Other reviewers have addressed the many outstanding qualities of this miter saw, but there are a couple of things I'd like to add.

    Not only are the twin lasers a joy to use, they are exceptionally easy to adjust if/when you change blades. You just clamp a hunk of scrap to the table, and cut a shallow kerf (which is to say, don't cut all the way through the board). Then you simply turn on the lasers - which don't require the saw itself to be running - and use an Allen wrench to adjust each laser to match its side of the cut. If only all the tools in my shop were this easy to adjust!

    Speaking of clamping to the table, if you place an order with Amazon for this unit, you'll want to think about possibly adding a pair of Delta 36-221 Work Clamps. These fit into holes in the front of the 255L's base and hold your work against the back fence. Don't be thrown off by the fact that the Amazon picture shows them vertically; they actually run horizontal to the table and press the work against the back fence. If you want a vertical clamp to hold your work down against the table, you'll need the Delta 36-218 Miter Saw Clamp (Amazon carries it, too).

    One of the other things no one has mentioned is how quiet this saw is. I'm sure the blade is a significant factor, but using both the factory supplied blade, and the Freud 80-Tooth Thin Kerf blade I replaced it with, I noticed that this saw is much quieter than my table saw, radial arm saw, or Skil saw (and yes, Honey, if you're reading this, I do always try to remember to wear my hearing protection like you asked me to). ... Read more


    14. Delta 28-206 1 HP 14" Professional Band Saw, Closed Stand
    list price: $771.03
    our price: $549.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006JZZR
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 906
    Average Customer Review: 3.44 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Delta's 28-206 band saw is a smart buy for the serious hobbyist interested in curve cutting and light resawing. The 1-horsepower 120-volt motor delivers smooth, quiet, reliable power, while the saw's nine-spoke wheels deliver more accurate tension on the blade, reducing vibration. The heavy cast-iron trunnions likewise minimize vibration to the blade. A closed base reduces noise and keeps dust off the motor. For curve cutting, the large 16-by-16-inch table provides excellent support for workpieces, and tilts to 45 degrees for bevel cuts. The saw handles stock up to 6-1/4 inches thick with a throat capacity (the distance from frame to blade) of 13-3/4 inches. The lower blade guide on this saw rests only 3/4 inch below the table, which minimizes the deflection in the blade and provides cleaner cuts. When the saw is not in use, the tension-release lever extends the life of the blade. It also makes switching blades quick and easy. The saw comes equipped with a 4-inch dust port, a smart feature you won't find on other band saws on the market today. Package includes 3/4-inch woodcutting blade and instruction manual. --Jon Groebner ... Read more

    Features

    • 2 year limited warranty on machines, parts, and accessories
    • 1-horsepower induction motor provides cool, quiet power
    • Quick-release tension lever
    • 9 spoke computer balanced wheels eliminate vibration under load
    • Blade moves at 3,000 surface feet per minute for efficient cutting

    Reviews (9)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good value for the money
    I bought the 28-206 despite the fairly negative reviews here
    because I liked the lower guide design, the quick tension release feature, and the integrated dust port. I figured I
    could make it work better with the suggestions of previous
    reviewers.

    Most of the saw's strengths and weakness were already given
    in previous reviews. I'll say that delta has been very
    responsive in fixing my problems. The sloppy lower guide
    can be fixed by replacing the rail with the rail for the
    US made saw (part number 426-02-004-0001), the US made rails are slightly thicker and wider,
    and completely eliminates the slop. On paper the center of
    mount holes are about 1/16" off, but in practice mine went in without any problem.

    The vibration problem experienced by everyone is mostly due
    to the flexing in the sheet metal stand. I bolted some
    1" angle iron under the stand that help a great deal. As
    long as I use a link-belt, the
    saw passes the nickel test most of the time while running
    and cutting, but the nickel falls over on start and stop.
    I plan to add more angle-iron reinforcement in the future
    to eliminate the remaining flex.

    My remaining problem is that my saw's driven pulley came
    dented, and it has been back-ordered since January. I work around
    it by using only the low speed since the low speed side of
    the pulley is OK. The saw cuts really well and the motor
    has power to spare when resawing 4-5" cherry. Someday I'll
    add a riser block and I'll know how well the motor handles
    thicker wood.

    The only real downside to this saw is that the left tilt
    is advertised at 3 degrees, I got about 7 degrees in practice,
    but the small amount of tilt makes it tricky when using the
    saw to cut dovetails.

    If you want a perfect saw out of the box, skip this one
    and look at other brands or delta's US made 14". If you
    don't mind doing some work yourself, this is an inexpensive
    saw that can be made into a very good saw.

    3-0 out of 5 stars runs good, but hard to assemble
    Well, I haven't got a chance to use the saw alot yet. It seems to run great, but the assembly was challenging. The pulleys would not align. I called customer service. A tech called back about an hour later. He said to reverse one of the pulleys. This would certainly solve the alignment problem. It didn't. I had to drill out the holes in the base to form slots. I could then slide the saw over far enough for better alignment. R&D might want to provide these slots. It might have prevented two hours of cutting up a brand new saw base.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
    I bought this Delta bandsaw 5 months ago, and have not cut a piece of wood yet! The machine vibrated so bad that I was scared to use it.

    I spent $$ on aftermarket parts to cut down on vibration. I hired a local machinist to make the stand more sturdy. I phoned Customer Service 5 times. They were friendly and sent me several new parts. The local Delta Serviceman has the saw now. After 6 weeks of work, he just called to tell me he cannot fix the vibration and has given up trying.

    I do not recommend this saw.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Value, excellent saw with some work.
    First, allow me to say that, in my opinion, this is by far the best value band saw in its class. Where else could you find a machine with these specifications and (most of) Delta's reputation for quality and service? After working out some of this new model's wrinkles, you can own a very versatile saw with a large 16" table, a quick tension release, and a good amount of power. But, for your savings, be prepared to do a little fussing to get everything just right with this saw.

    Let me tell you about my experiences, and most importantly Delta's excellent response to some picky little problems I encountered. I can tell you that I am a very fussy guy and know quality when I encounter it, and will settle for nothing less than "how things should be." When I discovered this saw was totally manufactured in China, I decided I would hold Delta's feet to the fire and demand the same level of quality found in their U.S. made saws, and I think I'm close.

    I have been in the machine tool business for 28 years, selling metal working machines, and I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. This saw is not bad and can be made good, very good with your effort and persistence. If you are not one to take on such challenges, you can purchase less saw for equal money, or plan to pay quite a bit more for something with equal specifications and fewer rough edges; Perhaps as much as $300-$400 more. For me, woodworking is a hobby and I would like to put that much money elsewhere.

    The Good:

    In most ways this is a typical Delta cabinet band saw. The 1 H.P. motor has sufficient power, the unit is beefy and most Delta parts and accessories are interchangeable.

    The cabinet doors are on hinges, and can be easily opened; quite convenient.

    The table is larger than their other 14" band saws.

    The blade tension release lever is something I would never want to live without again, never. It's so convenient and would normally cost an additional $150 or so.

    The saw is a two-speed unit.

    The height adjustment is very accurate and doesn't require readjustment of the guides when the elevation is changed.

    The Bad:

    The lower blade support assembly is sloppy because the bar it connects to is a poorly, undersized and pretzel-shaped piece of sheared hot rolled steel.

    The bottom, hinged door on mine was tight and would bind up, sometimes even popping open on its own.

    It's hard (impossible in my case) to perfectly align the motor with the pulley on the saw, but with some fussing around, you can get it close enough.

    The cast iron parts are not quite as refined as the American units, but acceptable.
    The height adjuster is a bit stiff to move up and down, but I presume Delta wants it to be this way so it won't fall down and pinch my delicate fingers. I noticed it has a rubber surface inside its bore for better grip. With time it will probably work a little easier. Silicon lubricant might also probably help.

    The saw is not quite as vibration-free as it could be, and Delta is working on this with me, sending me some new pulleys and an upper band wheel. I think the top band wheel is perhaps a bit out of round or out of balance. When I run the saw without a blade, it's quite smooth. I am confident I can resolve the very slight vibration I am experiencing. Also, to be fair to Delta, my saw is on a mobile stand, not the best base to minimize vibration, and I do have the height extension block installed, too.

    Some comments about Delta's excellent service:

    When I pointed out the problem with the lower band cover's hinge, Delta overnighted a new cover. It was there the very next day.

    When I advised them of the sloppy lower blade guide assembly, they got with their engineering group to confirm my observation, and machined a high precision part that now works like a dream. I trust if you call them they will have this part (now) in stock. The American part won't work only because the holes are spaced differently, but the bar is the same dimensionally. It's a little tricky to install, but only about a 20-minute job.

    As I said, I am confident I will be able to resolve the slight vibration problem I am experiencing. It's not really enough to worry about, but like I said, I will hold them to my standards.

    Conclusion:

    If you don't mind purchasing a Chinese built machine from an American company, and you are willing to work out or accept some of the rough edges, go for it. It's a great value, all things considered. The only thing I can imagine that may be a future problem is the Chinese built motor. It looks good, but who knows. Everything else should last as long as any other Delta 14" band saw. Hope this is a helpful review.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bandsaw Needs
    Ordered this saw as a replacement for a smaller bandsaw. Easy to assemble but you'll need a second person for safety. The quick tensioner is a nice touch and the fit and finish are adequate. The only negative is that the two wheels were not co-planer as delivered but the addition of a 5/8" shim washer took care of that issue. I always test my power tools by removing the blades and checking the runout and no load vibration. This tool is adequate but not outstanding. I replace the drive belt with a "link" belt but that didn't help much. I purchased the Delta because I always buy "made in USA" if possible. Guess what: made in China. If I had known that I would have purchased the Jet 14 bandsaw. Overall the Delta is a good solid bandsaw. When I finally find a permanent spot for it I will bolt it to the shop floor. ... Read more


    15. Delta 22-780X X5 15" Planer

    our price: $1,149.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000A25WC
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 5120
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Five year limited warranty on machines, parts and accessories
    • 3HP single phase motor
    • 3-knife cutterhead, serrated infeed roller, polyurethane outfeed roller
    • Anti-kickback fingers, cast iron table with adjustable bed rollers
    • Knife setting gage, dust chute and deluxe stand

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Machine
    After using a portable planer for about 8 years, I decided to invest a bigger machine. This planer is identical to the DC-380 exept for a different paint job. And it is heavy!I am one of the lucky ones to have a hoist to help unload it. If you don't, have 2 or 3 helpers to unload and set it up. It took me almost two days to get it up and running. I first determined that it was too low for me, so I solved that problem by putting large wooden blocks between the bottom of the stand and the moble base. By the way, that moble base is an absolute must if you plan to move it at all. Then I discovered that the cord was too short, so I put a longer cord on with a twist lock plug. Most of my machines have twist lock plugs,anyway. When it is assembled you must be sure the infeed, cutter, and outfeed rollers are adjusted properly. There is a gage block that you must make, and the manual shows you how. The dust chute has an outlet of 5", so a trip to the local hardware store to get a 5" to 4" reducer and some duct tape, because is was not a good fit. It is essential to hook it up to a dust collecter, or you will be hip deep in chips very fast. After all was said and done, I am pleased with its peformance. The serrated infeed roller keeps the wood moving through at a steady pace, and it has two speeds, but I stick with the slow speed to get the best finish. The roller extensions eliminate snipe, once they are adjusted. If you get rough cut lumber, this is a worthwhile investment.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good planer, trouble with dust collection.
    I purchased this planer 6 weeks ago. The "dust hood" that is sold by Toolcrib for this turned out to be ( not mentioned in the catalog) to be 5". I have tried working with both Toolcrib and Delta to find a way to connect this to my 4" dust collector but, after receiving 2 more dust hoods and 2 adapters that were purported to work, I still do not have a solution. I've not had a chance to plane much wood on it yet, but it looks well made (although in China). Anyone that has found a solution let me know. ... Read more


    16. Delta SA350K Shopmaster Boss Spindle Sander with Complete Spindle Sander Set
    list price: $267.50
    our price: $189.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006JZZW
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 257
    Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    If only we'd had one of these when we built those doll cradles--and sanded all the little curves and crannies by hand! This beauty takes all the work out of jobs like that. No burn marks--ever--because of the oscillating action. Sure, you can chuck a little drum sander into your drill press, but you'll have to deal with that annoying gap between the drum and the table. This sander eliminates that. The large cast-iron table measures 18 inches in diameter and sits atop a 1/4-horsepower single-phase motor. A built-in dust collection fan draws down dust and chips through the table insert and into the dust-collection bag. There's room on board to store all the included accessory sanding drums and sleeves. It's light--just 45 pounds--and can be used as a portable sander or mounted to a stand or workbench through predrilled holes in the base. In addition to the standard 3/4-inch sanding drum and sleeve, the kit includes 1-, 1-1/2-, 2-, and 3-inch rubber spindles, drum plates, abrasive sleeves, and table inserts. --Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • 2-year limited warranty on machines, parts, and accessories
    • Oscillating action prevents burning of workpiece
    • Heavy-duty motor assembly for quiet, smooth operation
    • Large cast iron table provides stability and support for the workpiece
    • Built in dust collection fan and collection bag for a cleaner work environment

    Reviews (5)

    3-0 out of 5 stars 3 stars
    This Delta Sander is very quiet and smooth and the workmanship appears to be good. The table top is flat.

    On the negative side, the dust collection is poor. The power is adequate for a home shop.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not quite the Boss
    I have two neg. comments on this peice of equitment. The only place I can find the 3" sleves is at Sears. And the Dust collecting bag leaves a lot to be desired.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Small furniture builder
    the delta sa350k Shopmaster boss spindle sander works fine. However; I suggest every buyer read the well defined directions. the guide post was off center. when centering adjust screws so the yoke will slide freely. <<<<<>>>> otherwise a very nice tool.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Quiet, smooth, and powerful.
    I looked at this machine for a long time before I bought it. I thought that the motor might be too small and that the unit might be under-powered. When I finally purchased one I was pleasantly surprised. The machine is very quiet and operates incredibly smoothly. There is no hint of vibration and even with a 3 inch spindle and moderate to high sanding pressure, the motor did not show any evidence of stalling. If you have a home of small shop and want a great little oscillating sander, this is the one for you.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good spindle sander.
    The Delta spindle sander I received had some minor problems. The unit was noisy. Under the 2 year warranty I could have taken it to a service location, but that would have meant a delay. Instead I made the adjustment noted in the directions. This adjustment is supposed to be made after many hours of use. Anyway, it did solve the noise problem.

    One of the steel arms (called a link) that raises and lowers the motor assembly was bent. I removed it and straightened it out. It appeared this was a factory defect since it did not happen during shipping. The unit was made in Taiwan. Quality control is poor at the assembly plant I guess. This is the main reason for 4 stars and not 5.

    The operation of the sander is very good. There is minimum vibration and noise during use. The dust bag included does a good job collecting most of the dust. It is easy to control the wood on the nice flat machined table.

    Make sure you get the free spindle set that is being included. It has an assortment of spindles that are needed. The one included is the narrow spindle and limits the abilities of this sander.

    Despite the minor problems that may have been unique to this one sander, I have to recommend it. It performs above average. And the price is right. ... Read more


    17. Delta 50-760 1.5HP Dust Collector

    our price: $299.99
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    Asin: B00078V9KA
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 2047
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    Features

    • Sturdy steel base with four easy-gliding wheels for moving from machine to machine or for storing out of the way
    • Standard 1-micron filtration bags for optimal air cleaning
    • Snap in bag rings mean no more fussing with cam-over-lock clamps
    • Powerful TEFC induction motor for long-lasting, smooth performance with protection from damaging dust
    • 6 mil plastic chip collection bags for optimal durability

    18. Delta RS830 10" Radial Arm Saw
    list price: $942.44
    our price: $699.00
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    Asin: B0000789HI
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 1562
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    This was one great saw even before the Delta designers took it back to the drawing board. But the improvements they made, along with Delta's trademark quality, make this saw one of the kings in the radial arm world. The new design will have you cutting up to 16-inch widths of 2-inch stock at 90 degrees. Miter cuts have greater capacity now too, to 10-1/2 inches at 45 degrees left and 11 inches at 45 degrees right, all powered by a 1-1/2-horsepower motor. Among the nicer changes are the new depth-of-cut control handle and locking levers, which Delta positioned above the table for easy access. Whenever you buy a radial arm saw, you're going to have to spend some time setting it up and calibrating it, but this one seems to hold its adjustments better than most, and the cast-iron track, column, and column support offer rigidity and continued accuracy. As you've come to expect with better saws, an automatic brake will stop the blade in seconds. The table's a good 27 by 44 inches, providing plenty of stock support. --Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • Two-year limited warranty on machines, parts, and accessories
    • Powerful 1-1/2 HP capacitor start, capacitor run motor
    • Increased miter cuting capacities in nominal 2-inch thick stock: 10-1/2 at 45 degrees left and 11 inches at 45 degrees to the right
    • New depth of cut control handleand locking levers are positioned above the table for easy access
    • Cast iron track, column and column support for rigidity and continued accuracy

    Reviews (6)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Never use it - wish I hadn't bought it!
    I bought this radial arm saw to use as a dedicated saw for dados. The pressboard table warps with every change of the weather, requiring frequently releveling. I generally just change blades and use the table saw instead. I wouldn't buy it again.

    4-0 out of 5 stars rating the radial
    I am a female, and thought a woman's point of view helpful. I had considered ordering a more expensive radial, but the shipping was out of sight, so I thought long and hard about this one. I am glad I went this route. The saw was easy for me to handle, and assemble. The directions were clear and precise (once I could figure them out) and most worked well for accuracy aligning. I was able to get it aligned without any problems. The table is hard to level, and I find the arm control lever at the back hard to reach to lower or raise the saw. The guard is hard to manuever and is rigid. The table was not nearly high enough so I have it on sitting on boards (works great). I wish there was more cover with the guard, but it is okay for now. The saw is quiet and seems efficient. I cut a little higher fence for thicker boards. Mine will only be used for dadoes, and I think I am going to be glad I went with this particular model. I have been happy with Delta tools in the past. The price is reasonable, and shipping and delivery were great. Didn't take long to get it put together. It will get a lot of use with my projects.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Some Good - Some not so good
    The market for Radial saws is very limited in the $500.- $800. price bracket. I basicly had two choices a Delta or Ridgid. I purchased the Delta because it had a cast iron arm instead of stamped welded steel. The saw went together easily with the exception of leveling the table this took 3 attemps to get it right. The instructions for adjusting the saw were very clear and all the adjusting screws & bolts had a solid quality feel. I feel that this saw will hold its settings.The blade guard binds when it is rotated and must be jiggled to move it.( a little sanding may smooth things out.) The controls for adjusting the height and all other adjustments work very smoothly. The blade & motor unit was a little hard to slide on the arm and had to be adjusted. ( still not as free & smooth as the Ridgid but not a problem ) My first cut was right on the money
    a solid 90 Deg. A nice feature is a switch on the motor to change from 115 V to 220V. I have not used the saw much but the more I use it and become familiar with it the more confident I become that I made the right choice. Cross cutting wide lumber is what ths saw is all about & that it does well. If the blade guard moved smoothly I would have given this saw five stars.

    4-0 out of 5 stars the only choice on the market for rabbets and dados
    I debated for a long time on whether to get this or one of the compound sliding miter saws. I needed something to do rabbet and dado cuts on long pieces of lumber, for making shelves and other furniture, and this was the only real choice on the market. The larger radial arm saws are way too expensive, and from what I read, the miter saws are only good for through cuts, not measured depth cuts.

    A radial arm saw is also the only saw to buy if you're cutting oddly shaped items or doing really difficult cuts. It has adjustments on every axis, which makes it very versatile. I've seen people put a chuck on one of these and use it as boring machine and a router for odd shapes. Radial arm saws are almost completely off the market now, except for high end units, so this is the about average consumer's only choice for these kind of cuts.

    This came very well packaged, and was easy enough for one person to set up. I had a little trouble leveling the table, and it seemes kind of cheezy the way it is done, but I finally got it right.

    This saw generally has enough power, if you don't get in a bind with warped lumber, when it will stall out. This is probablly good, rather than a higher powered saw, which might throw the piece back at you.

    My main complaint with this saw is the difficulty of adjustments, especially the height adjustment. Strangely enough, it is easier to raise the blade than to lower it. It goes up easy enough, but trying to lower it back down is very difficult, like it is adjusted too tight. I actually lifted the saw off the floor trying to turn the height lever to lower the blade. Since you have to raise it and lower it everytime you change miter or angle of cut, this can be quite a hassel.

    There seems to be only a positive stop at 90 degrees, which I always double check, and the attached gagues aren't that accurate, so you've got to use a sliding protracter for any miter or angle cuts.

    The floating lower blade guard gets stuck sometimes, and I ended fixing it in place in its highest position. At least the whole blade guard isn't totally useless like what comes on table saws.

    Overall, a pretty good saw, but for the price I'd expect it to have better guages and some positive stops, plus be easier to adjust. Sometimes I end up cutting a piece on the table saw because this is such a hassel to adjust. I've used this saw for furniture, and to rebuild my deck (a lot of wood hauling). For building projects, I may end up getting a 12" sliding compound miter saw yet. This is a good, but not great saw. A better one would cost twice as much.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rock solid
    I had a tough time deciding on whether to get the Delta 10" vs the 12". Finally deciding on the 10", I received it in the mail. It came well packaged and ready to go. The piece itself is really sturdy and cuts perfectly. ... Read more


    19. Delta 37-275X X5 6" Professional Jointer

    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0000A2601
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 927
    Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • 1 HP, 120/240-volt induction motor
    • Enclosed stand, dust collector connector
    • Center-mounted fence, 3-knife cutterhead, cutterhead guard, push blocks
    • Five year limited warranty on machines, parts and accessories

    Reviews (14)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good for the price
    My jointer arrived via ABF Freight about a week after I ordered it. Assembly was easy, took about an hour. As with any power tool, the initial setup is critical - on jointers, adjusting the outfield table to match the blade height is most important. The outfield table adjustment on this machine is not as smooth as I would like (hence the 4 stars instead of 5), but after adjusting and testing a few times I was able to get it set perfectly. My other (small) issue is the difficulty aligning the pulley and setting belt tension at the same time; Delta uses a double-slot motor adjustment that is not optimal, but is doable. The dust chute can clog if you are not using a dust collection system, so if you start the machine and chips start flying out from under the cutter head guard, it's clogged up -you can reach up the chute and pull out the clog farily easily (with it off of course). Overall however, for the price, it's a good unit.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Deltas 37-275X Xcellent jointer
    Purchased this jointer over a Jet. Assembly was easy and the directions precise no missing parts. Degreasing the machine was a bear dont be afraid to spare the brake clean and shop rags. Set up after assembly was not bad. Belt alignment was a little tough because the motor moves up and down and laterally at the same time, but after first blood no problem. The fence was easily squared to table and the fence adjustments are simple and work well. The tables are flat to within acceptable tolerances (.005). The outfeed table was a bit tough to adjust, the adjustment wheel was difficult to move but once freed up the adjustment went quick. The knives from the factory were set perfectly. Once switched on you can hardly tell this machine is running. Smooth cuts are effortless and I have plowed through 16/4 maple and cherry with fine results. When working with 3/4 or 4/4 stock this machine isn't even breathing and the edging is flawless. I just completed two cherry tables and it is hard to tell were the joints are. I have had great results with up to 8' long stock for any thing over this the tables are short and snipe a bit. Overall it is worth the price and I do recommend this jointer, how can you miss with a five year warranty. My shop has a variety of tools and I will consider Delta for my next purchase.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Can you spell cheaply made junk?
    I made the mistake of buying a Delta product thinking that there was some quality behind the name.

    Wrong.

    Out of the box it became apparent that the equipment was sub standard, the paint on the cabinet was stained, the edges of the machined surfaces were chipped and the fit and feel of the geared parts was rough.

    I have not tried to use the equipment yet, sill thinking about returning it and buying a better quality item.

    You have to wonder if the companies that market products in the US will ever stop placing profit over quality. Obviously Delta Woodworking Tools has not!

    I had been looking at a high-end cabinet saw and after getting a load of this Delta Jointer, there is no way that I would even consider wasting my money on one made by this company.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Surfacing Boards in Under 90 Minutes
    This jointer has forced me to reconsider my opinion of Delta tools. I've long suspected that Delta made some great products, but you had to take out a second mortgage to afford them. My experience with their lower priced tools has been less than satisfactory to say the least, but they've changed my mind with this jointer. The Amazon price is very competative with most of the Taiwanese brands, especially if you use supersaver shipping, and the quality and design are noticebly better.

    The jointer arrived in good condition 10 days after I placed my order. Like many of you, I couldn't wait to use it. During assembly I quickly noticed build quility and design features that set it appart from the no-name jointers I had used in my buddies shops. The best feature, however, was that I had surfaced my first board just an hour and fifteen minutes after starting!

    My Dewalt benchtop planer is the only tool I've ever purchased that was properly adjusted from the factory, but the 37-275X was as close as can be expected for a tool that requires assembly. The positive stops for the fench were the only thing I adjusted. The knives were a few thousandths out from one end to another, though consistent for all three. Normally, I would have tried to adjust this out, but I was curious to see what affect it would have on a board. I surfaced two sides of a 4/4 x 5" piece of pine and I couldn't detect a problem with my best straight edge and square. I'll be adjusting them soon enough as they wear from use, so I'm going to leave them as-is for now.

    I may have gotten lucky, but I've never been more satisfied with a tool purchase.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Mine had problems, decided to return
    Unfortunately, my 6" X5 jointer started off in bad shape. The motor would only spin up half the time. I adjusted belt tension and pulley alignment properly with no improvement. The fence was off by .008" after all possible adjustments. The fence handles never tightened properly, just spun in the cast iron. There were a few other more minor issues. Delta directed me to a local repair shop to fix the motor. This shop wanted me to load the entire machine instead of just swapping the motor so I decided that if I was loading it up I would do it once and return it. I own other Delta products that I am very happy with and plan to buy one of their drill presses this week. But, for this tool I decided to replace this jointer with the Jet unit which is working great. Given all the positive reviews of this jointer, I can understand if this was a one-off bad unit that I got. Hope it works out better for you. ... Read more


    20. Delta JT160 Shopmaster 6" Bench Top Jointer
    list price: $275.37
    our price: $195.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006K00R
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Delta
    Sales Rank: 283
    Average Customer Review: 3.42 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Small shop? Limited budget? That doesn't mean you have to give up onowning a jointer. This Shopmaster model is perfect for either situation but still packsfeatures for precision woodworking. Variable speed offers 6,000 to 11,000 rpm,adjustable at the touch of a dial; infeed and outfeed tables adjust smoothly and easily.Though the 30-inch bed is shorter than stationary models, you aren't losing anything inwidth, because the JT160's cutting capacity is a full 6-1/8 inches. The fence, shorter andlighter, of course, than stationary models, tilts 0 to 45 degrees outward for beveling andchamfering operations. Positive stops are at 45 and 90 degrees. One sure advantage overits big brothers: the JT160 weighs just 35 pounds. Its cutterhead uses two knives ratherthan three, and the knives level with an easy-to-adjust jackscrew. Rubber base pads keepthis little fellow where you want him, and if you want a permanent home for it, a stand isavailable. --Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • 2-year limited warranty on machines, parts, and accessories
    • 10-amp, 120-volt motor for smooth, powerful cutting action
    • Center-mounted fence adjusts quickly and easily for less down time
    • Easy to adjust infeed table for fast set up
    • Extra large table to support stock up to a full 6" wide

    Reviews (31)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad if You're Patient
    In large part because of other reviewers' comments regarding their problems, I purchased this unit from a local supplier (sorry, Amazon). When I got it home and examined it, I found that both the infeed and outfeed tables were about 1/32 inch high in their respective centers. I called Delta customer service, and they told me that they didn't recommend my installing replacement tables myself, and that they were back ordered anyway. They suggested I return it to my local supplier, which I did the next day. My supplier sent it to the Delta factory service center across town. Three and a half weeks later, I still did not have a jointer. It turns out that the Delta factory service center couldn't get the replacement tables either.

    My supplier brought in a complete replacement jointer for me, and we opened the box and checked the tables with a square. They were dead on. To be fair, the Delta technician said that he hadn't seen one of these "with bad tables right out of the box for some time now", and the first unit I got was a floor model that could have been sitting there for some time.

    I agree with the other reviewers. The fence adjustment mechanism is laughable. It makes setting the fence to any angle at all VERY difficult, but with about 20 minutes of work I got it set to 90 degrees - where I plan to leave it!

    Once past these little tribulations, the results the jointer produces are excellent. I'm just a wood hacking hobbyist and probably don't have "professional" expectations, but I'm very happy with what this little unit does for me.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Delta JT160 Shopmaster 6" Bench Top Jointer
    ASSEMBLY: Assembly was straightforward and took less than 30 minutes.

    SETUP: Blade alignment was acceptable out of the box. The infeed table indicator had a large error but was easily adjusted.

    PROs and CONs: I've never used a jointer before, and it took a little while to get the hang of this machine. Performance was everything I had hoped for. But like most other Delta Shopmaster tools I've purchased, it's lacking attention to details. The speed control knob does not line up with the indicators and cannot be adjusted without loosening the control. Also, the blade exposure indicator is located forward of the exposed blade area. Finally, the fence has a very slight warp. Although other reviewers found it difficult to align the fence, I was able to adjust it easily by holding an engineer's square snugly against the fence while tightening the clamp.

    1-0 out of 5 stars NO, NO, NO!!!
    This is NOT, IMHO, worth what it cost to manufacture the styrofoam it's packaged in. That fence drove me nuts, and plan on spending 1/2 hour trying (KEYWORD) to align it. I'm surprisd that Delta selected such a poor choice of materials for this Unit.

    Save your money and buy either the next Unit up (I believe that is the 360?) and while it's twice the price you're getting 10X the quality. Likewise Ridgid's new Jointer: $399 and worth every cent.

    You can spend $200 now on a cheaply made design or 2X and have a cast iron Unit that'll last you a lifetime.

    Just my .02 (about the worth of the Delta JT-160).

    I'd give it several "Negative" Stars as a rating but unfortunately, it's not an option.

    4-0 out of 5 stars OK for what it costs
    I purchased this hoping I would be lucky enough to get flat tables, but willing to have it fixed if not. Well, that would be "not". Oh well. I wanted a light portable jointer that I could set up for a 90 degree fence, 1/32" depth of cut, and leave it there forever. The fence is a bit of a pain to set, but is reasonably stable when it's set, and with the aluminum tables it's light enough to easily move into and out of use. I will be dropping it by the service center (not too far away for me, luckily) to get new tables while I'm out of town anyway, so aside from the hassle of driving to and from, I'll have a hand-tuned, light jointer when I'm done. For the price, I guess that's fair.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice for the Jobsite!
    I've noticed with all delta tools, half seem to be pieces of crap and the other half seem to be real good quality.
    This tool does just what I need it to do when i'm out on the job site. It's lightweight and compact, so I have no trouble fitting it into the truck. I've found it especially useful when installing kitchen cabinets.
    However if i'm in the workshop I wouldn't even look at this tool. You definetly need a good quality floor model....I would recomend the Powermatic. ... Read more


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