Despite what we all know are tough economic times, many tool and woodworking-product manufacturers continue to bring new and innovative tools to the market. I got to see many of these first-hand the past few days at the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers Fair in Las Vegas, the biggest U.S. tradeshow of the year for woodworking. Over 500 manufacturers showed up to display and demonstrate their new products (and some launched in recent years), hoping to generate business with retail distributors and end users.
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Woodworkers who buy or own Delta machines should not notice a difference in availability, performance, or price following last week’s acquisition of the Delta brand by a Taiwanese manufacturer, says Bryan Whiffen, the new president and CEO of that company. Delta Power Equipment Corporation, a subsidiary of Chang Type Industrial Company, purchased the full line of Delta’s woodworking tools and machines, as well as the Biesemeyer line of accessories, from Stanley Black & Decker. This comes just six years after Black & Decker purchased the Delta and Porter-Cable brands from Pentair Group. (Stanley Black & Decker still owns the Stanley, Bostitch, Porter-Cable, and DeWalt brands.)
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Stanley Black & Decker, the conglomerate that has, for the past year, owned five of the major brands in woodworking tools (Stanley, Bostitch, DeWalt, Porter-Cable, and Delta), has sold the Delta line of stationary and benchtop tools and machines to a start-up company, Delta Power Equipment. A source inside Stanley Black & Decker confirmed this morning that the deal was finalized late Friday. He said no jobs would be cut at the manufacturing facility in Jackson, Tennessee, where Delta made its Unisaw tablesaw and radial-arm saw.
Encouraging news for woodworkers from Opening Day at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta: Many manufacturers of tools and woodworking accessories debut new products. In spite of the tough economy that’s dogged the last couple of years, I saw countless new products, an encouraging sign that not everyone hunkered down during the recession and cut spending to the bone. Here’s a few of the best and brightest:
• I told you two months ago about DeWalt’s new line of 12-volt lithium-ion cordless drills and drivers. They’ll be available this fall. But today DeWalt and Porter-Cable launched new “compact router kits” that are essentially trim routers with fixed and plunge bases. I got a behind-the-scenes look at these routers at DeWalt’s headquarters in June, but could not discuss them publicly due to confidentiality agreements. Well, now they’re public. The two kits are similar. Both include a 1-1/4 hp trim router motor, fixed base, and plunge base. But DeWalt’s motor has a variable-speed motor and LED lights around the collet; Porter-Cable’s motor is a single-speed motor and does not have the lights. The DeWalt kit will sell for $199 and the Porter-Cable for $189.
I just wrapped up two days at the home headquarters of the Black & Decker family of tools—DeWalt, Porter-Cable, Delta, and B&D—in Towson, Maryland, a Baltimore suburb. While there I got a sneak peek at lots of new tools, some ready for launch this summer, others for later this fall, and still more even farther down the road. I even got to use several of the tools—my job is so COOL!
Most of what I saw for release this calendar year carries the DeWalt brand, but I did see a few from Delta and Porter-Cable. Before you get too worked up with excitement, let me disclose now that I can’t talk about most of these tools today. It was one of those spit-in-your-hand-and-shake-on-it kind of promises. You know the type: If I tell you about those tools now, there will be a team of mysterious yellow-and-black vans following me home tonight. Yeah, I know, too bad, but stay tuned—you’ll really like what’s coming. Some of it I’ll get to write about in August when the company officially launches those products at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. And you know WOOD Magazine will be all over that show!
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The Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers 2009 Fair in Las Vegas is now over, so it’s time to reflect on the show with random thoughts, Larry-King style…
… It’s so unbelievably hot (always above 100°) in Vegas in July; I honestly don’t know how people can live there. Granted, it’s not living on the sun, but it’s the closest I’ve been to that. I have to drink so much water and eat bananas to avoid dehydration it’s almost crazy. Now maybe if this event took place in the winter months I’d be on board. (At least it’s comfortably in the convention center and hotels.) Read more
After months, heck, years of anticipation the new Delta Unisaw is firmly planted in our WOOD Magazine shop. It arrived last week, and I tore into it Friday after clearing out a space in the shop. With help from a curious throng of spectators (oh wait, those were other WOOD editors), we got it uncrated and set into place in almost no time.
First order of business was attaching the cast iron extension wings, and then leveling them with the table. Read more