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Large machine purchases are not as common as they were a few years ago — to try to combat this issue, the folks at Delta are bringing the rebates. From now until May 31st Delta is offering a $100 mail-in rebate if you purchase select woodworking machines and the base for it.

A C-note isn’t really the greatest windfall that’s ever going to happen to you, but it could get the choosey shoppers off the fence or get someone who was going to take the plunge anyway a set of bits, blades, or belts and perhaps some stock to run through their spotless new hardware.

To get your rebate, just buy the correct equipment shown in the PDF download of the rebate form, and mail in the required info. If you were going Delta anyway this is a fine way to make your cash stretch a little further.

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$100 Rebate Offer [Delta]


5 Responses to Dealmonger: Delta $100 Rebate Offer

  1. DeadGuy says:

    Don’t bother. I just recently went on a shopping spree for shop tools. I’ve done a ton of comparisons and research and came to a few startling conclusions.

    First – pick your favorite color. I discovered that as long as you buy name brand, you can just pick your favorite color. Obviously, cordless tools should be of the same brand so you can share batteries, but for corded tools, like a miter saw, stick with name brands and you can’t go wrong. There is no significant difference in the quality and accuracy of cut between Hitachi, DeWalt, Bosch or Porter Cable and they all cost nearly the same, so pick your favorite color and buy it.

    Second, buy refurbished. They come with decent warranties in case there is a problem and are almost always a warranty repair job. Most of the refurbished tools were quickly returned for a refund due to a warranty repair. They sell them cheap since they aren’t “new.” I check the various refurbished sites before buying anything retail. If they have what I need, I usually save $50 to $100 on the tool. My Delta 12.5″ planer cost me $250 refurbished and had a new table and new blades and new feeder system. The only way I knew it had been used was the pointer on the height scale was scratched up a little – but who trusts those things anyway?

    Last – buy bench tools. I haven’t run across a situation where I’ve needed a full size floor tool for anything I’ve done. The only “big” tool I have is a Hitachi Hybrid table saw. Everything else is a bench mount tool and does what I need. Why bother with a radial arm saw when you can get a 12″ SCMS for half the price? It does just as good a job and is easier to use.

    After all this research, I bought refurbished bench tools – a 12.5″ planer, a 6″ joiner, an 11″ drill press, a 13″ band saw and a simply Ryobi router table. I spent less than $1000 and saved so much that I bought a CarveWright CNC router – which I LOVE. I did buy a DeWalt 12″ SCMS new, but they threw in the portable stand for free at Lowes, which made the whole kit cheaper than refurbished.

    Take my advice, please. Skip the rebates and go cheap.

  2. fred says:

    Old (30 + years) Delta Unisaws get considerable use in our cabinet shop. We even bring one out to larger job sites. The new redesigned US-assembled Unisaw has been getting some really favorable press – and offers features like a riving knife. If I were in the market for a new cabinet saw – I would consider this one – but might want to compare it versus offerings from General, Sawstop, Grizzly etc. for features and cost. The rebate might tilt the balance.

  3. Shopmonger says:

    In response to Dead;
    1st; yes there is little difference in quality in some cases, but i woud never buy a color, i woud buy the tool that offeres me the characteristics that i need.

    2nd I totally agree with teh refrubished units, they are a great deal asl long as oyu can get the warranty.

    3rd. NO NO NO Always and i mean ALWAYS look at the spec of a machine before pruchasing, most of the bench tools get thier weigh reduction from lighter and smaller motors, and they will ahve less travel on item with quills or tables. My bench top drill press is great, but i would die to ahve one that had a longer throw on it. So dont walays go bench, get what you need and maybe just a little more for expansion.

    Yes, i would agree the savigns are fantastic, as long as the tool meets or ecceeds your needs.

    Fred; yes teh new Unisaw is one awseome machine, got to use one and love it……. wish i had one of my onw now..


  4. @DeadGuy:

    Bench tools are OK for a home shop, but like Shopmonger said you going to sacrifice something for the smaller size.

    An important exception, buy a contractor , a hybrid, or a cabinet table saw unless you are going to move your table saw around a jobsite daily or weekly. You’re barely even saving money buying a benchtop saw and after a few years you’ll want to go back and kick your former self in the nuts for buying one.

  5. fred says:

    @Benjamin Johnson

    You are exactly right.

    While we have both Bosch and Makita jobsite saws – on larger jobsites when we will be there for a while – we bring out one of the Unisaws and set up a field shop around it.

    I think that the same is true for the second essential piece of cabinet shop equipment – the jointer. While we use a 4 inch Delta table-top model in the field – it is a poor second to a stationary machine. If you can afford it (space and cost) – but at least an 8 inch stationary tool.

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