Last night my ~$100 Delta table saw worm gear gave up the ghost. (It was a gift from a neighbor)
I used the saw for straight up cuts only (no bevels) with the blade fully extended. The saw has no vertical adjustment but it will bevel.
(Previous to the Delta, I used a home-made adaptor for a Skil saw that made an acceptable 'table saw'. 2 thumbscrews and it was on/off the table. It was very portable and I hung it flat on my wall.)
I do NOT need a pro saw or dado ability.
1> I am thinking of a used worm/hypoid gear circular saw as the replacement 'motor'. At 13 Amps is is almost 2hp and the bearings and the gears are pretty rugged.
2> I would remove the blade guard and I would mount my 10" blade on the 7-1/4" saw under the table with the blade fully extended.
Anyone ever try this?