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#1 posted 01-03-2017 03:42 PM

Alex, as mentioned I think you will be limited to a low amperage table saw like a jobsite. But—check your circuit capacity and check the amp draw before buying any machine. Keep in mind its the start up amps that is the problem so whatever the rated amperage is draw at load, not start up. It could be an issue for you especially if you’ve got something else like a shop vac running. Even a small planer will put quite a few amps I don’t know if that would be feasible in your situation.

Its pretty standard residential wiring to be 14ga wire and 15A circuits. When we built the addition on our house, the electricians wired everything that way and when I ran the moldings about 1/2 the time my miter saw would trip the breaker. I ended up running an extension cord from another outlet (the rest of my house is #12/20A circuits).

I would take a close look at the Bosch jobsite saw with the Reaxx technology. I think this would be the best saw for you as a beginner. @ $600 its not the cheapest but the safety feature is worth it IMO.

I recommend focusing on hand tools and see if there are some classes. I’ve learned a lot from watching Paul Sellers. YouTube is great way to learn about hand tools and how to sharpen. I wish I had started out with hand tools instead of machines. When hand tools became the core of my ww’ing, the satisfaction and quality of my work skyrocketed!

Check your area for a maker’s space. It is a very good option for someone like you they have the machines and usually have ww’ing classes, too.

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