Thanks Shop Dad for the thumbs up I appreciate it.
First we need a realistic budget?
Are you ok with buying used, so you get most bang for your buck? Some people just won't do it, "my sis is one of those, and so is my bro-in-law", heck they are even snobby about new stuff if it isn't the right brand, look, etc.
2nd we need to know what your expectation is?
•(Do you want a newish saw that requires very little prep to put into service, this is my personal preference when shopping used.
Or sometimes you can find serious steals because the equip wasn't cared for and is being sold way under value and with a little TLC you could have a gem for a steal price. note this would take an experienced person).
If you have a friend that is local and can help you decide that might be useful.
Here are some saws on Craigslist near you:
NEW Craftsman 10" Prof Table Saw - $500 (Mechanicsburg)
I am selling this (NEVER USED) Craftsman Table Saw. It is a professional grade saw with 24" ripping capability. The table top is of cast iron and the weight of the unit is 350 lbs. After getting the saw home I realize it is too large for my small shop.
* I own this same model saw, it is a very nice saw for a starter. Since it is NEW and never used the guy believes he can get almost full price, these saws were regularly on sale for around $500 when Sears was still selling them. The saw cost him about $600, but he got a full warranty, you won't get a warranty so I would offer $350 and be prepared to go to $400. PS he will tell you it has a mobile base it is worth extra, the base is important for a garage shop, but stick to your guns.
JET JWTS-10JF TABLE SAW - $300 (Hempfield)
Grizzly 10" Table Saw - $350
10" Sears Professional Table Saw - $700 (Boonsboro Md)
10 inch Professional table saw, 3 years old, Excellent condition,
it has casters, so it is movable, Must Sell!
*I just bought this same model saw about 5 or 6 weeks ago for $400, with $200 of extras for $400. These go all the time for around $400-600 (sometimes even slightly less). The fence alone is worth $300. I would offer $400, no more than $500. The ad is old so may already be sold.
10 INCH BELT DRIVE TABLE SAW - $175 (Sykesville)
If your budget is small this might be a ok starting point, looks ok, can't see much rust, offer $100-125
Table Saw - $300 (Browns Mills)
NOTE I'm a newbie too, my only working experience is with the craftsman 22114 and 22124, I would recommend both. However generally you are safe buying the brand name others have recommended in this thread. It is easier picking that cost $500 or more because someone usually on this forum has had experience with that brand/model. Where it gets confused is the lower end, trying to find the gem that can get a newbie by until he/she is ready to step up to something better. Thus my listing above starts with saws that cost more, yet still are considered on the budget end when they were new. However they still offer performance most hobby wood workers need. Also I stayed away from the portable saws, while they are great for the right application, most on this forum use either a contractor, hybrid, or cabinet style table saw. And like cooking it isn't the pan or tool that makes the meal it's the chef, so any of those three styles of saws in the hands of someone who takes their time and cares/learns will do a great job.
PS, knotscott is WWT expert on the different models, no joke, he gives excellent advice..
PS. before making an offer on a particular model, post here and those with experience will give you a good starting point for a price.