As I start to watch more and more wood working shows I start to get more and more ideas as to different things I'd like to build. I am realizing that I really need to get a table saw.
I was just at my local Woodcraft store and got to talking to one of the sales people about table saws. I was asking him about the differences and he was really pushing me towards a Steelcity brand. I have never heard of that brand, but that doesn't surprise me too much. What does surprise me is that he was initially pushing me towards a $1000 model.
I mentioned that the model was a little pricey, so he pointed to another model (not sure which one), but discounted it by saying that the fence wasn't that good and I would be much better off with the Steelcity model.
I'd hate to buy something that is going to be way more than I need. Sure I am looking for precision, but not at a huge cost. I am sure there has to be something at a lower cost that is reasonable.
What kind of table saws do you guys recommend for a guy just getting into this and also for one who doesn't have a TON of room?
I'd really do not want to go over $500 as I would like to pick up a jointer too sometime soon.
Also can someone confirm whether or not he was trying to up-sell to me rather than taking account of my needs?