About 30 years ago, there was a really nifty Hitachi 9" table saw that
was the mother to all portable table saws. It had a good fence,
reasonably sized table with some kind of slick coating on it, and the
top was thick aluminum/magnesium. Many of the custom trim guys had
them (that's where I saw them) as well as wood floor guys (remember
when wood floors were all 3/4 to 7/8" real wood?). 9" blades were
purchased at the local contracting store or at Sears.
It was big, bulky, heavy, solid and expensive. But at that time, the
only game in town. All those guys that had it loved the saw, and I
distinctly remember that being one of the tools I never saw in the
pawnshops when we had work slowdowns.