In your price range there are a number of 'quality' candidates.
"Contractor" saws by Delta, Powermatic, DeWalt, General
The _new_ Craftsman top-of-the-line "cabinet like" saws
There's a "Hybrid" by Jet
Grizzly has several models in your range, including a true cabinet saw
that is "just below" the top end
There are a number of technical differences in the construction of a 'cabinet'
saw, vs a "contractor" -- functionally, they boil down to the following:
1) the cabinet saw is somewhat easier to tweak for optimum performance
You can get very similar results with a contractor saw, you just have
to "work harder" to get the optimum set-up -- and it may fall 'out of
alignment' quicker than a cabinet saw will.
2) the contractor saw is a 'box on legs', while a cabinet saw has a fully-
enclosed base. EITHER ONE can be put on wheels, to move around, for
about the same cost. The enclosed cabinet does a better job of
containing the "mess" that any saw makes -- doesn't totally eliminate
the mess, but contains a _lot_ of it. Corollary: if you _don't_ have
a "dust collector" system you have to do "something" about cleaning
out the innards of a cabinet saw, on a fairly regular basis. The
contractor saw (mostly) just dumps stuff on the floor, where it's
easier to deal with.
3) The cabinet saws are heavier. which translates to somewhat smoother
cutting. Good "contractor' saws are usually 'heavy enough' that the
difference is not significant for the casual user.
"Hybrid" saws have some of the features of a 'cabinet' saw, and some of a
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