Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
generally, the table saw is the hub of your shop. This is where you have to buy as much saw as you can afford. If it's too light it has its own hazards, not enough power and most importantly, a GOOD fence that you can rely on. That means about $1000 new or $500 used. And that is not anywhere near top of the line but will get you through many, many years of great projects. If $550 is all that's in your budget, then spend the whole wad on your table saw. If you cant make a good cut, your not going to enjoy. I'm sure the Rigid Contractors saw for around that amount will get you through many years.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx