Anthony Hoskin wrote:
I am starting to get into woodworking and I need a table saw but I don’t really have the budget for a professional table saw yet. I have been looking at a portable Ryobi 10” table saw but a couple of reviews I have read said that saws like this are not good for woodworking. Would really appreciate if someone could give me a little advice.
Depends on your needs, your budget, the space you're willing to commit to a tool like this and how much you think you'll use it in the near future. Cabinet saws(like a Unisaw) are the best, next in line are contractor saws and then the portables(like the DeWalt). Contractor saws can be found used for cheaper than a new portable saw, will typically have larger beds(better) and cast iron(again, better). They can also often be found with upgraded fences and extra accessories. There's pros and cons to all of these styles with the contractor's saw being in the middle as far as size, weight, accuracy, cut capacity, cost...
If your shop serves double duty as a garage like most people, a mobile base can be made or bought pretty cheap to wheel it out of the way when not being used.
What's your budget? Around 200$. As an example, Delta Unisaws, used, typically start at about $500 and go up to $2-3k. Delta contractor's saws can sometimes be found as low as $100, and maybe go up to $500 if they've been decked out with accessories like a better fence, router extension, out feed table, mobile base... Portable saws are in the $3-600 range new, cheaper used. While portable saws are usually not, contractor and cabinet saws also are easier to modify and upgrade
I'll always advise to buy more saw than what you think you need right now. Once you get a couple of smaller projects under your belt, you'll want tondo bigger stuff and need a bigger, better saw.