Powertools- what to look for?

Hi
I'm slowly building up my collection of powertools and getting my workshop in order. But I'm new at this and have found that after I buy a tool and use it for a while I discover features on other models that would have been very handy, and would of only cost a little bit more.
My purchases over the next 12 months will be a "Biscuit Joiner", "Drill Press", "a Table saw" and maybe, if any funds are left, "a Router table". I only have a limited budget and the workload on these tools would only be light to moderate.
What features should I be looking for in these tools? I wont ask about which make of tool as half the brands mentioned in this group I haven't heard of in Australia.
TIA Cheers Mark
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Good job on the joiner, DP, and saw. When they're procured, you can _make_ a nice router table. Buy the best you can afford, and it'll be easier to sell off something that doesn't meet with your expectations. Get a joiner with a good fence, and the same goes for the table saw. The drill press, I dunno, I like my JET 17-incher.Tom Someday, it'll all be over....
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One thing I have learned is buy the best you can possibly afford even if that means not getting everything as fast as you would like. I bought a Delta contractor's saw first and later upgraded to a Unisaw. Buying the Unisaw first would have saved money.
For a biscuit joiner, I would get a PC 557. The DeWalt is also good but I prefer my PC.
I would get a cabinet saw or at the very least a good contractor's saw. The cheaper saws simply cannot stay square and therefore are a waste of money.
I have a Delta 17" drill press that has served me very well.
I agree with Tom that after the above is purchased you can build a very good router table. I did and love it still.
Rob

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If you can find used, it will cost less, and when it comes time to upgrade, you will break even or come close, provided it's a quality machine.
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