I have the same problem with big stuff. I bought a Festool TS 55 EQ a few months back, and have been delighted with it. I like the way the plunge depth is set, and the fact that it has a riving knife, as well. I bought it with the dust extractor (CT 33) bundle. The dust extractor (vacuum) works very well with the saw. Although expensive, I think it's worth the price differential. (I no longer chuckle at the Festoolers.)
For sheet goods, you'll probably want both the short and long guide rails, along with a set of rail clamps, along with a blade assortment, extra zero-clearance inserts, etc. Whether you buy into the other Festool goodies is up to you.
Last edited by Ralph Barker; 10-26-2010 at 12:38 AM.