THE HISTORY OF DEWALT
A BRAND TRUSTED BY PROFESSIONALS
Raymond E. DEWALT followed in his father's steps, and worked in plants and construction after leaving school. In all fields of work he encountered the issue of high labour costs. To help reduce these costs, whenever possible he installed a machine to handle specific needs.
One fine day, M. DEWALT was hired to head a wood mill, manufacturing numerous products, from basic boxes to complete houses. The amount of work exceeded the company's capacity by far, but its owner could not afford to increase the headcount. The only solution was to ensure his men produced more work. M. DEWALT built a yoke, which he connected directly to a motor and a saw. He then fitted it onto a standard arm. The saw could be raised, lowered, moved forward and backward, and adapted to all types of angles. With this system, he could handle the same amount of work as four men, reducing labor costs beyond his wildest imagination.
Raymond E. DEWALT, then superintendent of Seabrook Farms, perfects the first radial arm machine for the purpose of providing more versatility in woodworking operations.
DEWALT Products Company is formed with plant and offices located in Leola, Pennsylvania. Their product is an electric universal woodworking machine known as the DEWALT "Wonder-Worker".
DEWALT Products Co. moves to a new, and for those days, outstandingly modern plant and office building in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The DEWALT firm begins a period of rapid expansion to meet the demands of government orders in connection with national defense and wartime machinery requirements.
DEWALT Inc. extends operations into Canada through a wholly owned subsidiary known as DEWALT Canada Ltd.
Over the next two years, adds 40,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space to the plant.
Acquires United States and Canadian patent rights to Bennett Two-way Panel Saw from Richard C. Bennett Manufacturing Company, Laceyville, Pennsylvania.
Adds 8,400 Sq. ft. storeroom to plant.
Adds 16,000 sq. ft. warehouse to plant.
Introduces bench grinder.
Introduces metal cutting machines for ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
DEWALT stops production of radial arm saws in North America.
DEWALT introduces its first line of portable electric power tools and accessories designed specifically for residential contractors, remodelers, and professional woodworkers.
DEWALT expands groundbreaking XPS platform with 350mm mitresaw.
Introduced the new benchmark in cordless tools - The XR System.
Introduce new alligator saw design - unrivalled since 1992.
Launch worlds first cordless framing nailer.