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#1 posted 10-07-2015 02:20 PM

The table saw would be my first choice. You can do a hell of a lot more with a table saw without a jointer or planer than with either of them without the table saw. My table saw was my first big “capital expenditure” then after a bandsaw, then a planer, then a jointer and then a drill press. I have upgraded then all since the original items, plus a lot more items that I “needed”/wanted for my work. In answer to your question, however; go with the Dewalt and try to stay away from the “new” Porter Cable line. I can recommend the Grizzly 1023 table saw that I have after replacing my Craftsman after 25 years a few years ago. It took me 30+ years to get my shop outfitted just the way I wanted with tools upgraded as necessary. You would like to have it all at once, but you can’t always get what you want, but you can work with what you have until the rest comes along. I’m glad I had the foresight to do this, since I recently lost my job after being with a company for 24 years; 1 year short of my planned retirement. Surprise-Surprise. Now I’m just another 65 year old guy with no job for the first time in 50 years trying to make a little money on my woodworking and survive until I turn 66 and can start my full SS benefits. Good luck to you Mr. Texasangler! Have fun, work safely and save as much money as you can for you and your family. You just never know.

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