Rob you don't need no steenking excuse to get it, it's the best portable saw available right now. Although, and I hate to say this nasty "R" word in public, but the FW 2007 Tool Review gave the Ry*bi portable "Best Buy" They even said it floored them as they were not expecting anything form it but were pleasantly suprised....... an excuse (like I need one) to buy the Bosch portatble TS.....
I have not had much luck withe Ryobi tools except for a 14v drill and palm sander. I have used some of their power tools...and took them all back. I have never used their table saw, but the terms "best buy" really mean cheap. I do have the Ridgid TS24241 and it is a quality table saw. No matter what, the table saw is probably the most important shop tool. I have no regrets for buying my table saw over something cheaper.A table saw is on my must have. And....Ryobi isn't bad for the casual homeowner diy'er. I have several of the One+ tools and haven't been disappointed yet with them. Although...I'd much prefer Ridgid, but I'm not rich.
Even though I don't care much for Dewalt I do own some of their tools. For my shop planer, I have the 6" x 12" 4-post benchtop planer and I love it. A very high quality, well engineered machine. The dust collection port gets stopped up sometimes but alot of planers do. It was $499 so it isn't cheap but in my opinion worth every cent.Bois D' Arc Boy,
I am thinking of the Rigid, heard good things about it is around $380.
If not that it will be the dewalt, that one is over $400. I am interested in a 12" to 13" planer. Any advice?