I am not familiar with that machine. Do you know how old it is? I did a
quick Google search on the model number you mention and found several, under
various brands including Grizzly. A couple of things:
1) If it matches the vintage of Grizzly I came across, with that number, it
might be 15-20 years old. For that kind of money (plus shipping) he can get
into a brand new Grizzly contractors saw (without the outfeed and router
table). It does however have cast wings, a 2hp motor and a Biesmeyer
look-alike fence. I am not familiar with their new aluminum fence but the
standard Classic is a good fence.
2) Regarding Grizzly, I have owned a 1023S cabinet saw for about four years
and love it. I have never had to use their product support but their
delivery on the saw, and some misc. smaller tools has been great.