This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 2, by multiple authors.
From: email@example.com (Chris Lewis)
Date: 28 Aug 92 15:31:30 GMT
In article <1992Aug27.firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com writes:
>I recently (about 3 months ago) got myself a Delta 14" BS. I am VERY happy
>I thought about the Taiwan brands, but I wasn't sure about the quality, as
>most of them seem (to me) to be reverse-engineering jobs of Delta and others (by
>this I mean that they bought a Delta, measured it, and started building, without
>any of the original design thought process or tolerancing specifications).
>Now, before I get too many flames on this, I know that I'm not being entirely
>fair, but it was enough for me to spend the extra money on something I can
>keep for a while and get parts for. It was also important to me to be able to
>go to my local hardware/home-center/woodworking stores to see more than a picture
>in a catalog (even if I didn't buy from them).
I'm not completely sure about the Delta 14" (it seems to be one of the older
designs), but Delta has many of their low to mid-range tools built by those
very same Taiwan companies. What you think is "reverse engineered" is often
the very same tool off the very same assembly line - differing only in paint
job or minor details like type of power switch. Now, Delta may be doing
*some* Q/A, and selecting the better quality ones, but that doesn't necessarily
mean that any off-brand unit you see is a Delta reject - it could just as easily
be a unit surplus to Delta's ordering level.
Rexon is one of the largest companies, and a lot of its tools end up with
Delta nameplates. I have a Rexon scroll-saw, and the only difference between
it and the Delta is paint job and nameplate.
Which also implies that you can use Delta as a source of parts for many of the