My first table saw was a 1960's Craftsman 10" contractor model 100 that I bought with my high school graduation gift money. I don't think it was much more than $200.00 including extensions and the stand. It had a "monster" for the day, 1 HP motor with plenty of power. I used that saw for about 40 years. It didn't die, but I used/needed the table for my current Sawzilla which is made from 3 Craftsman direct drive induction 220 V only saws with spare tables spacing them apart. I love this saw.
What did learn in all those years of using a table saw was that the fence is the heart of the saw! Motors are important, but even with a slightly underpowered one, they can be made to work. However, a lousy fence that can't be adjust to lock parallel to the miter slots is a total pain to use. The fence is the one accessory you are always moving about for different widths, so it needs to be accurate and easily adjusted when locked down.... no double measuring!
The second most important accessory is a large support on the outfeed end and on the sides. The outfeed in vital for ripping whether the work is planks or large plywood. The side supports distribute the weight of plywood when cutting it down to size. The "ideal" table surround would be 8 ft X 8 ft with the saw centered at the front. Of course for most home workshops, this is impossible. The least safe table saw is one that is tippy, moves around under feeding pressure and has too small of a table.
The third most important safety accessory is the splitter plate or riving knife which will all but prevent both types of kickbacks. The most common kickback occurs when the work is not maintained against the fence all through the pass, come away, rotates up and is driven back toward the operator at roughly 100 MPH. The other type of kickback occurs when the saw kerf begins to close up behind the blade, pinching it and jamming the saw or drives the work back towards the operator.
Finally, all my table saw and router tables have a "safety paddle" ON/OFF switch mounted at hip height so I can turn the machine off by just bumping it with my hip. I can keep both hands and both eyes on the blade and the work by having this easy access switch.