So, this has led me to believe that a Delta 36-650, -444, or -430 10" contractor's saw might be a good fit. Since I'm a beginner (aside from a couple years of HS wood shop class), I don't really expect that I'd be able to immediately appreciate the true benefits of a cabinet saw, even if it was in the cards to drop a couple grand on a tool. In contrast, a lot of the lower-end tools I've seen at local retailers look quite limiting, even to my eye: Plastic/Aluminum contstruction and universal motors don't exactly inspire a lot of confidence.
So, if anybody has any feedback on the models of Delta saws I mentioned above, I'd appreciate it greatly. As I understand things from my groups.google research, the saws stack up like so:
-650 * Made in Taiwan * Uni-rip fence * 1.5hp at 115/230 -444 * Made in the states * Uni-rip fence * 1.5hp at 115, but 2 hp at 230 (I have 230/20A service) * The base saw of the -4xx series * Better blade than the -650 * 25lb lighter than the -650
-430 (or is it -467) * A -444 modified to fit into one box
From this, I have a couple questions:
* Is it correct to say that the -444 will develop more power than the -650, when wired for 230V? Will this matter for my use cases?
* What's the significance of the 25 pounds of additional weight of the -650? Will this materially stabilize the saw any?
* Is the -444 saw materially more likely to be upgradable with additional parts later on (fences, jigs, etc.)
* Is it possible to fit effective dust management on either of these saws?
* Are there any "hidden" differences in construction that would cause one saw to be prefered over the other? Based on the parts lists' exploded views of the saws, most of the guts of the two saws look the same. (But I haven't seen a -444 in person.)
Thanks for any advice you can offer, If there are any other saws in this price range that are worth considering, I'd appreciate hearing about those, as well.