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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On Friday, November 4, The Woodworking Shows opened the doors to start the third show of the season in Sacramento, California. In addition to the show next week in Portland, Oregon, this is the furthest west the show will travel during its current run. Getting here was more than typical for me though. Read more
Rikon, long known for making high-quality bandsaws, has added two more tools to its growing lineup. First up is a 16″ benchtop scrollsaw, model 10-600VS, that sells for $160. This saw features a variable-speed control from 550 to 1,650 strokes per minute, a cast-iron base, an aluminum table that tilts up to 45°, 2″ workpiece-thickness capacity, a flexible-neck task light, and a 1-3/8″ dust port.
Next is a benchtop belt/disc combination sander, model #50-150, that sells for $120. It features a 1/3-hp motor to power the 1″-wide sanding belt and 5″-diameter disc; both are equipped with 100-grit abrasives. The 3-3/4″ x 7-1/4″ disc sander aluminum table tilts up to 45°. The belt table also tilts to allow for sharpening chisels. Two 1-1/2″ dust ports help you control dust.
For more information on these tools, go to rikontools.com or call Rikon at 877-884-5167.
Grizzly Industrial Tools has announced it’s adding a new line of machinery to its woodworking and metalworking lineup. The Polar Bear Series of tools and machines will be available in July, sporting a new logo and predominantly white paint scheme with Grizzly-green accents.
The tools are identical to existing Grizzly machines in every way except for the paint and price, according to Melinda Sweet, assistant marketing manager for Grizzly. The Polar Bear Series will launch at introductory prices that are about 10 to 25% less than the same green Grizzly machines. Sweet said the company has not yet established regular prices for the Polar Bear products once the introductory period expires. She also said Grizzly will continue to sell its current green line of machines, as well as its sibling line of Shop Fox machines. Read more
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On Day 2 in Tennessee I traveled down I-24 to Murfreesboro, the new home of General International USA. This company is now the sole distributor for all woodworking tools, machinery, and accessories for General Manufacturing and General International. Those brands are still headquartered in Montreal, Canada, but distribution and customer service for the U.S. will now be handled in Tennessee. Heading up this new operation is Scott Box, most recently president of Steel City Toolworks, and formerly with Powermatic and Delta.
For those of you who might not know, General woodworking machines are made in Drummondville, Quebec, not far from Montreal. The General International line of tools is made in Taiwan to General’s specifications. This line features a full complement of stationary and benchtop machines.
Everyone knows we’ve been mired in a recession for two-plus years now, and it certainly has hit the woodworking sector hard. Woodworkers have cut back on buying tools and products related to our hobby and/or business. Some retail stores and Web sites have gone out of business or cut back drastically. And manufacturers have been forced to cut back either on marketing, production, or product development—or all three. But as we start to see glimpses of hope, I decided to check in with a few manufacturers to see how they’re doing.
I spent the first day with the WMH Tool Group, parent company of Powermatic and Jet woodworking tools as well as Wilton metalworking products. Their office, warehouse, and distribution center is located in LaVergne, Tennessee, just southeast of Nashville. Jet recently moved into this facility, closing its longtime base of operations in Elgin, Illinois. Barry Schwaiger, director of the product lines for both Powermatic and Jet, gave me a tour of the facility and keyed me in on what tools are moving and which are not.
Shipping and receiving Read more
The fifth venue in this season’s Woodworking Show series took me to Denver. Every picture of this mile high city has a mountain backdrop and the drive from the airport into town would be no exception. Instead of stopping though, I continued past the city to the town of Golden.
In search of lunch and something to see, I found both there. A small independent deli on the main drag offered some great food and just up the street was the famous Coors Brewery. Read more
You may recall a few weeks ago when Tom Iovino initiated a grand experiment about seasonal wood movement. He cut identical boards of several different species in his tropical Florida shop, and sent one set to me in Iowa and another set to The Wood Whisperer in arid Arizona.
We measured the boards when they arrived and Read more
Couple of weeks ago, I was talking a little shop with Tom Iovino of Tom’s Workbench (and an active blogger here at woodmagazine.com) when the subject of seasonal wood movement came up. It’s kind of a key concept because project parts change size as they absorb and release moisture as the seasons change. Fit a solid-wood part perfectly into a dado in the winter when the shop air is relatively dry, and come summer, when the humidity kicks up a notch, that part may swell enough to blow the joint apart. It usually happens so slowly, though, it’s hard for some folks to grasp. Read more