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Mark Kornell

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#1 posted 01-03-2017 04:54 AM

I used a Makita 2403 jobsite saw for 3 years before getting a cabinet saw. It was certainly up to the task of most things. I tried out the equivalent Bosch saw, and had the same opinion. That DeWalt looks to be of the same mold. The biggest drawback was the table size, and I built my own extensions to fit the saw which made life a lot easier. And dadoes – I could only get a 5/8” stack on the arbor. Those 15A motors are a bit underpowered for even that, but a slow feed rate works.

A plus for the saw in a small space is that it can be folded and stowed.

Regarding a jointer, you might be able to find an 8” with a motor that can be wired for 120 or 240V operation. I bought a new (at the time) Grizzly G0586 which I ran at 120V until I built my shop. That model is out of production now, but I’m sure there are other choices in that configuration. Jointers are pretty simple, too. Be easy enough to do a motor swap when your power situation changes.

Nothing wrong with hand tools, either!

And get mobile bases for any stationary tools you might acquire. You’ll find that amazingly useful in a small space.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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