so after reading through lots of threads on here. and getting a feel for how the community feels over particular tools and their thoughts. I have decided to post a question finally.
I have a few tools already in my collection but I need more "precise" tools. I already have a corded drill, a super old cast iron drill press that weighs like 70000 billion pounds. circular saw. various hand saws. and clamps, I swear I buy a new one every week.
and more free hand tools, Froes, draw knives, scrapers, planes, and files of such.
but the first tool I feel I need the most is a good quality table saw. My skill has improved to a point and I want to push myself further to do more precise work. I also buy green lumber for 1/3 the price of kiln dried stuff. I would like to rip it down to smaller pieces for storage and also quicker drying.
My problem is, I don't have a thousand + dollars to get a good cabinet makers saw and frankly, even if I did, I'd have to build a bigger tool storage area. so while I do have spending money to buy a saw, I would not like to throw it ALL into a single table saw, lets say I TOP out at $500 USD.
at this point I can either buy new.. or used. while I'd rather buy used [for the price factor] its becoming seemly difficult to find a table saw on my local craigslist worth the money, and within a reasonable driving distance from me, I only own motorcycles so I have to borrow a truck in order to pick things up.
so my question is, any brand new, good quality non-china non-plastic tablesaws out there that suit my needs in the sub $500 category?
or should I just keep waiting and checking craigslist [might take months] and hope on getting a older quality saw for the right price?