Because of the demand from a table saw, the buying decision is very critical as you will be using it for many years.
The good news about buying a saw today, they have improved them greatly over the past decade. Today the quality and safety has improved a great deal.
This will depend on the size of a saw to fit your operation and budget. Most saws today have added a greatly improved fence system along with a real riving knife and a strong enough motor for the size of the saw.
Today the bench saw is somewhat more HD than previous saws. They too have a fairly accurate fence system and a more HD ball bearing motor. The beauty with this saw is it can be easily moved around and set up quickly and easily.
Most contractor saws today have also improved greatly. Most have done away with the old cantilever motor mount where the motor hung out the back of the saw. The new system mounts the motor under the table and uses a sturdier trunion that won’t go out of alignment.
In general, the features that distinguish them from a contractor saw are the have large cast iron tops, mostly enclosed stands and feature a 1 3/4 – 2 hp motors.
These saws have the durability, power and accuracy to meet the demand of the woodworker.
These machines feature plenty of power and vibration absorbing cast iron. This would probably be the only saw you would ever have to buy. These are built for the long haul.
Buy a good quality blade in the $50 – $60 range. They will last longer and do a better job.