I apologize if this is a tired question, but none of the other similar questions I found are close enough to what I really need to know.
I am hoping to buy a DeWalt table saw for use in my garage. The only documentation I can find shows that the saw draws 15A, 120VAC. For reasons that I will never understand, the garage was wired for just 15A instead of 20A. I recently installed 4 40W LED panel lights with a total power draw of just a couple of amps (I haven't pulled out the multimeter and actually measured this).
My question boils down to this: Can I run the table saw with the lights on?
More specifically, is the table saw going to draw 15A constantly and definitely trip the breaker? Or is that a "burstable to" or "maximum" rating, with a constant power draw of fewer amps?
In theory I would only need to run it for a few minutes at a time, so it might fall into the overcurrent "grace period" I have seen mentioned in other similar answers. I am just not wise enough to know.
Another option, of course, is to find a 20A circuit and run an extension cord to the garage. That seems hacky and gross, not to mention inconvenient, but it is an option if necessary.
I appreciate any insight you can offer in my dilemma!