Originally Posted by J_P_A
Just to be clear, I'm not saying you HAVE TO HAVE a table saw. Just be aware that there are some situations that a rip guide and circular saw are not going to be convenient (see vanice's post above). You can get around this, but end up with extra waste because you have to cut the smaller pieces off of a larger piece.
Again, just pointing out something you may not have considered. A man has to work within his budget. If you don't have the funds for a table saw, or you think it is better spent somewhere else, then you will find a way to do what you need to in lieu of a table saw. Just be sure whatever you do is safe. At least as safe as you can be when spinning carbide teeth are involved
I do have two table saws. I had them all my life, my dad owns a full size I grew up with. These days the gate is not super straight anymore though. I bought a smaller table top version for my house. I'll have both when I do my theater. The big one in the garage below, and the table top in the theater itself. Lumber will be stored in the garage so I can cut it down there and carry up the cut piece or I can cut it in the room.
Just for both- Sheets of 4x8 MDF suck to rip. Making speaker boxes is a pain in the asssssssss..... The stuff is so heavy and hard to move. I think a straight edge with hand saw makes more sense.
Table saws are nice to have, but they are better at most other cutting than they are for ripping MDF. I'll use them for that stuff. I am more worried about ripping 4x8 sheets. It's hard because the wood is so big and it's so heavy. I struggle with it every time.