When it comes to wood working, it is very easy to get carried away by all the hype and shine surrounding new equipment. Most people who are taking up beginner woodworking projects end up spending thousands of dollars on costly and pricey equipment only to never use it. What most people never realise is that such equipment is best suited for trained and experienced hands and not beginners.
The best tools that you can get are, believe it or not used ones. You can find these tools either online or in sites such as Craigslist, eBay etc or in a used item store provided there is one in your locality. The reason why you should buy tools which have been used is because such tools have been tried and tested and are more reliable than the new ones on the market.
If you intend to do some heavy cutting when it is recommended that you get at 240 Volt saw such as a Grizzly which comes equipped with an extension cord, a dust collector and a mobile base. Some of the brands that you can use to get started are Grizzly, Jet, Delta and Powermatic as all of these have been tried and tested before and are recognised and established brands.
Along with a good saw you will also need some good blades. Be prepared to spend an additional $60-$80 on a set off high-quality forester blades to go with your saw.
Finally, the best tools that you can possibly get when you get started into woodworking are graph paper and pencil. Before trying to make something you should always attempt to visualise it and draw it out, this will ensure that the end product is impressive and will also own your planning skills.