I'll third that.
I had to shim the splitter to get it aligned, but it cuts beautifully.
I'm getting silky smooth cuts (no sanding required)on Spanish Cedar
using a relatively inexpensive 60 tooth DeWalt combo blade. I'd spring
for a better blade, but there's just no need.
To the OP: It's right in your price range and you'll have enough left
over for a nice blade. Sure if you can swing it, it would be nice to
get the G1023 cabinet saw, but it's going to be almost $400 over your
budget after shipping.
I posted a lot of detail a while back about my "out of box" experience.
Google "New Grizzly G0444Z TS" on the rec if you're interested.