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As most of you know, I work part time at Woodcraft. This is NOT an ad, but strictly for your information.
I attended an employee meeting tonight and got some information I thought you would like to know.
There has been some discussion here about new, somewhat shocking higher cast Iron tool prices. This is an industry-wide problem. There is a big shortage of Cast Iron. Therefore higher prices to the manufacturers and us. In the case of Rikon, (I'm sure that you know that they are having problems with keeping up with demand) they had to refuse about a shipload of bad castings. That's a LOT of lathes, Band saws, etc.
I have no word about when deliveries will improve.
One other note: Bessey clamps are being redesigned. When this batch, that is on special is gone, the current style will be replaced by a new, improved clamp. It appears that there will be a little wait till the new ones are available.