You won't regret a table saw, especially if you have any cabinetry projects in mind.
My impression a few years back, during a visit to Woodworkers Warehouse, was that for the contractors type open stand saws some of the foreign labels (I think most of the castings and such are all foreign these days) were a better value. A review of the last few years of Fine Woodworking or Fine Home Building would give a Consumer's Report type review of the options.
The tablesaw in an interesting "weapon". So much of its versatility depends on set up (outfeed rigs, room to pass large stock, fence, etc). If you're serious about any detailed work, plan on replacing the stock fence to a pretty $ tune.
The last time I worked much with one was in a large (spacewise) shop with an old well tuned unisaw set into a sturdy plywood table of perhaps twenty square feet. Lot's of room around the saw for sheet goods, long stock, and stopping to ponder. Ideal set up, except for some of the "really" fancy saws I've seen in really special shops.
That said, with a contractor's saw and some innovative thinking, you can accomplish a tremendous amount on a non/semi-commercial level. I sold my Delta contractor's saw to a fellow I was subcontracting to 'cause he had a shop and I didn't. and we went on to build many manners of houses and cabinets with it. Check out Fine Woodworking's book on small shops. Best of luck, Jack
P.S. Do be careful. I maintain the table saw is the potentially most disasterous tool in the shop. Haven't seen a commercial guard yet that wasn't removed, and if you get into intricate work you WILL bend the rules. Bend them only as your real understanding of the tool increases. The unexpected kick, in squirrely stock, when fingers happen to be in the wrong place--the danger. Don't get cocky! Lost fingers come down to inatention and pride. He he.
Amazing really, a circular blade set into a table. Where did that come from? A Shaker woman came up with the concept in 1813, or so I hear.
Now there is a story, but the details slip the steel sieve of my mind.
[This message has been edited by ishmael (edited 01-15-2001).]