Considerations When Selecting Appliances
for Off-Grid Living:
A sine wave inverter will satisfactorily operate most power tools. My Trace
SW2512 inverter happily powers my Jet contractor-style table saw. Larger
tools, such as cabinet style table saws or large air compressors would
require either larger inverters or use of a generator. Pay special attention
to the surge (starting) current required by yout larger power tools and be
certain that it is within the capability of your inverter(s).
Power tools with 'electronic soft start' such as my router do not initially
draw enough power to pull my inverter out of stand-by mode. I need to turn on
a light first in order to keep the inverter 'awake'.
Be aware that some cordless tool battery chargers MUST be used with
a sine wave inverter. It is widely known that the charger supplied with the
DeWalt cordless tools will self destruct if powered from a square wave or
modified sine wave inverter.