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Posted on Screwed (Quite LIterally) By Delta - Once Again

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#1 posted 08-20-2016 10:45 PM


I usually agree with most of what you have to offer, but quite frankly, I am so pissed off at Delta for failing to provide any support for the thousands of dollars I have invested in their machines that I have to differ with you. I have rigged up too many repairs with J-B Weld to not be more than a bit up in arms about yet another problem.

Yes, 1800toolrepair USED TO SELL THESE SCREWS, for over a buck apiece. Over a buck apiece!!! Are you kidding me????? They, like everyone else, are out of stock. Thanks for the great tip on a supply. Absolutely no help whatsoever.

The Youtube video is great! Just what I needed. A tutorial on how to take a too long screw with an over sized head and cut them off and grind the heads down to make them fit. You know….. I could have thought of that and I could have done it. However…. you know what? I paid a good deal of money for the jointer and I fully anticipated that the company would stand behind it and continue to offer simple replacement parts like screws. You bet I think Delta screwed me again. I shouldn’t have to make my own knife screws or spend a lot of time scouring the Internet trying to find the specs on the parts and a source.

As to your case in point, You may think that this is simply a “very short” 1/4” x 28tpi screw. The head, at least is METRIC. I confirmed that. It is exactly 8mm. The wrench that came with the jointer to remove the screws is an 8mm wrench. I have not has the opportunity to determine what the threads are, but I would assume they are also metric. My local Tractor Supply tends to deal in parts in English dimensions. My local Ace hardware store does better on metric parts, but they are also limited.

Your comment about parts such as bearings being common off the shelf parts is appropriate. However, in the case of something as simple as this screw all it would take is for Delta to tell you up front what the specs on the part are. For example (apologies to all of the SawStop haters) the parts diagrams for my SawStop table saw give the precise details for every nut, bolt, and washer in the machine. I do not need to buy any spare parts from them. I can easily find parts from other vendors.

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