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Posted on Yes, one more person seeking help on selecting a table saw...

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#1 posted 07-25-2012 01:59 AM

I was where you are at about 3 years ago. I am a garage guy, and anytime I would attempt a rip cut with my Craftsman contractor’s saw I would pop the breaker. It was stupidly frustrating and money was really tight.

The smartest thing I did was to get a sub panel put in the garage so I have all the power I want. (I did 95% of the work, had an electrician friend do the aluminum connections with the SER). I had to pass the test for the county so I could do the work. It was a lot of work, but we got there. Even with 15A@240V, that’s not a lot of juice to run both a table saw and a dust collector. Unless you don’t intend to be in your location very long, the best thing is to get the electrical to your shop figured out first. I justified it mentally by just calling it another of the big 5/6 power tools that I wanted.

I also think the Grizzly 1023 line looks like a lot of saw for the money. For a long time, that was the saw I thought I would grow old with. For the type of budget you are describing, it looks like the right way to go.

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