Raymond E DeWalt, like many other inventers in the early twentieth century became an innovator out of necessity. In the early 1920’s DeWalt was the superintendent of the local woodworking mill, Seabrook Farms. During this period Raymond was able to distinguish his personal talents and ambitious drive by creating machines to help increase productivity, while also cutting costs. Innovations he developed at the factory enabling the staff to endure the heavy workloads placed on them by their employer, after his employer’s reluctance to hire a larger workforce during the depression era. Deducing that machines would need to do the work the staff could not; Dewalt found himself devising new machines to keep the factory efficient and industrious.
It was in response to the needs that resulted from the previously mentioned events, that Raymond E. Dewalt invented the “Wonder Worker”, the very first radial arm saw. This saw was the very first to be able to be raised up, lowered down, slid back and forth, be adjusted into an angled position and even tilted into position to make a bevel. This gave the average worker the ability to do the work of four in the factory.
Raymond DeWalt applied for a patent for his “Wonder Worker” radial arm saw on January 27, 1923. The US Patent office granted his application on March 3, 1925 for Woodworking Machinery.
|“You buy a machine and what you really get is satisfaction, entire satisfaction.”|
- R. E. DeWalt
Raymond E. DeWalt started his company “DeWalt Products Company” in 1924, a venture which was met with wild success. Later growth, which can be largely attributed to the high demands of the U.S. government’s need for war time machines in national defense, led to a revamping and reorganization of the company in 1947 to “DeWalt Inc”. The company moved to a bigger manufacturing space to continue to meet demand to sell the “Wonder Worker” radial arm saws and other stationary woodworking machines.
DeWalt machines carried a high standard of quality along with its name recognition. The public perceived DeWalt as good old American ingenuity, as an American success story when patriotism was at its peak. DeWalts insignia on tools became synonymous with the highest in tool quality.
In 1949 DeWalt was acquired by American Machine & Foundry Co. From this acquisition onward DeWalt was bought, sold, and merged into other tool companies as it continued to grow and thrive in relevancy within the tool industry. The Dewalt brand name has continued to hold the eminence and value associated with its products in the market place through nine consecutive decades of business. Below is a comprehensive look at DeWalts change and continual growth through out the years:
DeWalt stopped producing radial saws in 1989, selling it to Lancaster Machinery Co., the current DEWALT Power Tools line consists of over 200 electric power tools as well as over 5000 accessories. Including a full line of compact, XRP, and lithium ion cordless drills.