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Forum topic by gerrym526 posted 01-01-2021 02:00 AM 1784 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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gerrym526

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01-01-2021 02:00 AM

I’m in the final stages of completing my standalone workshop building and need to replace a jointer and planer that I sold during a move across the country.
In checking the local Woodcraft and other power tool retailers in my area I noticed that they are all out of Jet equipment-i.e. it’s all on backorder with no ETA.
You jocks in other parts of the US-are you noticing the same thing? Is Jet’s supply chain in trouble-and will they survive?
Anyone who owns Delta machinery, like I do, probably has the same concerns-look what happened in the last sale of Delta to new owners who eliminated the spare parts inventory we all depended on.
Right now, I’m looking at Powermatic machines, which seem to be in stock-even though they are more expensive.

Let me know what you’re all seeing and what you’re opinions are about this.

Thanks,
Gerry

-- Gerry


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AlaskaGuy

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#1 posted 01-01-2021 02:54 AM

You are probably better off looking at Powermatic.

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skatefriday

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#2 posted 01-01-2021 03:34 AM

I’ve been generally happy with my Grizzly purchases, and given that Powermatic is now also made in China, or Taiwan, and that Jet and Powermatic are both owned by the same private equity firm, I figure why pay the premium? And yes, yes, I know, the factory will build to different quality standards. But still, private equity is not known for running quality tooling companies. Looking at you Delta.

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#3 posted 01-01-2021 03:42 AM

I made the rounds to 3 different wood working stores here in Arizona this month, and noticed a lot of empty shelf space, and usually only the most expensive power tools in stock. The problem is not limited to Jet tools.

Store staff all commented with similar information:
Order fulfillment and shipping has been horrible since Covid hit supply chains in spring. Anything made overseas (EU and Asia) is heavily delayed. Tool availability is lower than pre-Covid levels, and demand is higher. They used words like: wacky, unpredictable, nonsensical, and feast/famine?

Most get some orders like normal, in 7-14 days. But others take months, with zero visibility when they will get filled. Partial order filling was common complaint. Will get 1 case/carton of something they ordered 6 cases (like glue, finishes, accessories), and they rest is nowhere to be found. When they re-order more to replace what is missing from first shipment, when it arrives; they get both orders.

Woodcraft manager was able to look into warehouse delivery dates, and try to predict when he might get the next shipment, assuming he was high enough on order list. He said common stuff like glue, warehouse would send partial shipments as new stock arrived so that every franchise had at least have a little to sell. Machines ordered by customers with delivery to store had defined delivery dates, but many where 3-6 months out. He commented large tool deliveries come in waves to warehouse, about 5-6 months apart. All his tool inventory disappeared during the holiday sales in November. Even if tool was in warehouse, truck shipments to stores are not regular events anymore. What used to be 2 week warehouse delivery is now 3-4 weeks, simply due shortage of people in warehouse to pick & pack, and/or shortage of truckers to haul loads.

Ordered some parts from Grizzly in October, and several are back ordered months.
IMHO – Supply and Delivery is problem every where.

Only suggestion I can offer is to call Jet direct, and ask who might have the tool you want?

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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Davevand

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#4 posted 01-01-2021 04:02 AM

It is not just Jet it is all tools brands, supplies are really short right now. the WW store around here can’t keep anything in stock, as soon as they get inventory it is sold, last week there was nothing in any store around me. I have the same problem with a kitchen stove, none to be found in Houston, two month wait.

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pottz

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#5 posted 01-01-2021 04:23 AM

it’s the same story with anything coming from over seas,im in the construction building material industry and were having problems with many materials right now,short supplies and long ship times.tomorrow may be a new year but it’s gonna start out with the same problems.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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bigJohninvegas

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#6 posted 01-01-2021 04:33 AM

All of the above comments, plus we just came off a 15% off black Friday week on Jet tools that surely didn’t help.
I’ve got 3 jet tools now. And looked at a new dust collector, but ended up with my 1st Powermatic tool.

-- John

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skatefriday

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#7 posted 01-01-2021 04:53 AM

I blame YouTube. Everyone spent a month at home watching nothing but YouTube DIY videos and decided that they wanted to be whatever it was they were watching. My truck gave out a while back. Decided I was going to buy a utility trailer to haul plywood instead of invest in a new truck cause I already have a van with a hitch and I discover that it’s impossible to buy a utility trailer and prices have gone up 30% or so. When I asked a local manufacturer why, he said, “Everyone is spending their stimulus checks on trailers.”

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BB1

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#8 posted 01-01-2021 12:21 PM



All of the above comments, plus we just came off a 15% off black Friday week on Jet tools that surely didn t help.
I ve got 3 jet tools now. And looked at a new dust collector, but ended up with my 1st Powermatic tool.

- bigJohninvegas


After returning the shipping damaged Jet dust collector a couple weeks ago, I took the plunge on a Powermatic (10% off with free shipping). Hoping it ships early January. Jet was back ordered and I had to wait to reorder until it was in stock, per customer service. How are you liking your PM?

I did get a Jet drum sander as part of the sale back in November. I have it setup but haven’t used it yet as the tubing for dust collection is a puzzle (likely will be coming back to the LJ with questions!).

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#9 posted 01-01-2021 12:23 PM



I blame YouTube. Everyone spent a month at home watching nothing but YouTube DIY videos and decided that they wanted to be whatever it was they were watching.

i think a lot watched a video, bought the tools, and decided they can do a video,too. cant believe how many videos there are of people who dont really know what they are doing.

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BB1

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#10 posted 01-01-2021 12:35 PM


I blame YouTube. Everyone spent a month at home watching nothing but YouTube DIY videos and decided that they wanted to be whatever it was they were watching.

i think a lot watched a video, bought the tools, and decided they can do a video,too. cant believe how many videos there are of people who dont really know what they are doing.

- tomsteve

The “I need to make a video of what I just learned” is an interesting phenomenon. Unfortunately, for others (like me) on the uphill side of the learning curve, it can be hard to identify who is showing good techniques. Try to stick with those I know…and ask LJ when I have questions!

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splintergroup

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#11 posted 01-01-2021 03:19 PM

Good news is if you wait, there may be a glut of slightly used/abused tools on Craigslist as the reality sets in and these people are back at the day job.

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Rich

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#12 posted 01-01-2021 03:27 PM


Good news is if you wait, there may be a glut of slightly used/abused tools on Craigslist as the reality sets in and these people are back at the day job.

- splintergroup

Interesting prediction. Makes sense to me. Another possibility is that they realize that woodworking isn’t as easy as it looks on Youtube.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Knockonit

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#13 posted 01-01-2021 03:32 PM

the whole industry including auto parts is getting hit with shipping not available, or slower than a desert tortoise, i’ve been waiting for some parts for a lexus and they say after a month now, its going to be another month or more before it clears customs, and i saw a site i frequent, shipping for containers just jumped about 22%, so…..........and now its touted a shortage of drivers for commercial deliveries, now why is that, has covid created this, or is this another excuse to increase value, do some price fixing, ect.
world is crazy place right now, mostly created imo by hysteria brought on by a ill informed media, creating a fear mood
Rj in az

-- Living the dream

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OzarkSawdust

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#14 posted 01-01-2021 04:02 PM


Good news is if you wait, there may be a glut of slightly used/abused tools on Craigslist as the reality sets in and these people are back at the day job.

- splintergroup

I hope so! I’m looking to upgrade my table saw, maybe add a jointer and planer. All I can find on Craigslist is stuff that looks like a completely rusted barn find! And a couple of just moderately old rusty items are priced within $20 of what I can buy new. Crazy times!

All the table saws in the mid-range, or hybrid style, are made in either Taiwan or China. I’m thinking the Taiwan made saws might be a better quality…what do you guys think? And maybe a better chance of delivery/parts?

-- Gary - ozarksawdust.com

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#15 posted 01-01-2021 05:40 PM

I have a lacuna bandsaw on order for going on 3m and found out that it will the end of February be fore I will get it and jet is have ing there made Taiwan as well and they are not a lalloeed in the us coming from There

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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