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Blog entry by Delta356 posted 08-12-2014 06:15 PM 1905 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all. Hope everyone is enjoying there woodworking. Have not posted for a long time. Running a woodworking business takes 99% of your time. Anyways I thought I would share with you some sad news. Delta Power Equipment has moved there once American made UNISAW to taiwan. Just got off the phone speaking with a Delta tech rep and he informed me that they ended up moving the saw manufacturing to taiwan. My understanding of what he told me is people were not buying the saw because of the price. The saws were not selling and the market fell for the american made unit. One thing I will mention, when the saw was made here in USA (most of it ) it was around 3,000 for the base unit of 3hp 36” fence. I’m seeing some companies selling it for over $ 3,000 +. The question I ask is by going to taiwan shouldn’t the price go down ?

As we all know the Asian makers can make quality and effect machines. The rep told me that they moved the equipment they used to make it here in South Carolina over to taiwan so the quality of the UNISAW should be up to the former USA made one. I think it comes down to morals of equipment LOL.. If theres any.. Delta was really the last company to make a woodworking machine here. I don’t know about you guys, but I like to see a USA made stamp on machinery. It gives me some sort of pride that its american made, made by americans and was made right on our land, with our materials and our expertise.

I don’t know when Delta switched the country of origin , if this old news to you guys, sorry. I just learned of it today.

What do all think of the change, bad, good ect..

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR

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#1 posted 08-19-2014 08:04 PM

IMO people aren’t buying the Delta because they can get a similar quality saw w/ the blade brake technology in the SawStop for the same price. I think SS also makes their saw in Taiwan so it seems like there’s even less reason to get a Unisaw. They will have to drastically reduce their pricing.

I know some ppl are against SS for political reasons, but that doesn’t change the fact that the vast majority of ppl attribute a high value to the blade break technology. That makes for the SS being a better “value” in their minds.

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