Personally I like SawStop for a table saw. They are very well built saws with the added safety feature. There is no replacement for proper safety technique but it's good as a back up safety feature. I have the cabinet saw which is probably much more saw then you need. I do like the contractor saw also but it is pricey compared to some of the other more budget friendly saws. Don't get me wrong those other saws are very capable and nice saws without the safety device and a slightly less spit and polish finish all around.
SawStop starts out at like $1750 -$3000
where as a comparable saw from Grizzly would cost $950 - $1650
without the safety feature of SawStop. I lost a finger before I got my SawStop so I'm a little bias according to some I like to say enlightened or smarter.:thumbsup:
Porta Cable makes nice routers you can build a table as a project, Grizzly has nice band saws, I have a Harbor freight floor model drill press, nail guns compressor etc. Compound miter saws I would get a 10" or preferably 12" with a double bevel either DeWalt, Hitachi or Rigid brand.
You may also want a planer and get several blades for the table saw. Diablo blades or a good bang for the buck but you will want a dedicated rip, crosscut and a stack dado blades as well as a good general purpose blade. You can start with the latter.
Good luck and hopefully I answered all your questions.