History of Delta Machinery

By: James Marshell

Herbert Tautz was the man behind Delta Corporation that initially made small tools for home shops but later on started the manufacturing of heavy industrial machinery, power tools and Delta replacement parts for its products.

In 1923, Herbert made the first breakthrough product of Delta Machinery, which was the first scroll saw ever seen on the planet and he named it ‘American Boy’. Although it was built for hand-operated use in 8-inch and 12-inch sizes, the tool paved the way for future electric-powered scroll saws.

Delta Machinery actually rewrote the history of the power tool industry in 1937 with the new design and invention of the world's first 10” tilting arbor saw which is commonly known as UniSaw today. This UniSaw became the benchmark for table saws and it still remains one of the most significant tools in all the woodworkers’ arsenals with its precision cutting and true reliability that lasts for years.

During 1940s, Delta Machinery was a part of the World War 2 with its countless number of aircraft, ships, weapons and various other veteran related supplies as Delta Machinery assisted in the production for the war struggle. That’s why the US Congress held a coveted and special ceremony to celebrate Delta Machinery's contribution and express gratitude for the critical role it played in ending the war.

Between 1945 and 1980, Delta Machinery operated under the ownership of The Rockwell Manufacturing Company. Under the new supervision Delta entered into the market of radial saws in 1948. In 1960s the name of Rockwell was considered to be synonymous with quality and durability. In 1966, Rockwell invented the world’s first motorized miter saw. It provided the craftsmen with more portable, ergonomic and compact solution.

As latest innovative products continued to come out of production line, Delta Machinery's popularity along with its sales saw the continuous growth. This happened mainly because of the boom of the home centers and the immense popularity of how-to television programming. Delta Machinery made the most of this by sponsoring public television's “The New Yankee Workshop” in 1993.

In 1999, Delta Machinery initiated to consolidate their operations with Porter Cable, a subsidiary company that is involved in the designing and manufacturing of portable electric and cordless power tools, air nailers and compressors, generators and pressure washers. This verdict invited a complete relocation of the company’s headquarters and a new 425,000 square foot distribution center to Jackson, Tennessee, where both brands are now based.

During 2001, Delta Machinery geared up its pace by releasing more than 20 bleeding edge technology products. These products included a 13” 2-speed bench-top planer, an 18” x 36” 2-speed drum sander, the midi-lathe, a complete line of ambient air-cleaners, and a dual bevel miter saw. More than 12 new product awards from leading industry publications touted Delta Machinery's achievements in new product innovation shortly after the introduction.

Delta Machinery was acquired by Black and Decker later on and today it manufactures high quality power tools, industrial machinery and Delta replacement parts and accessories for power tools.

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