I am going to dig this post up as I am still undecided about what to get and driving myself crazy. First off, thanks for the responses - they have been very helpful as far as opening my eyes to different options. I basically have my decision narrowed down to either the Grizzly G1023RLW (with router insert), or the Rigid R4512. I know, two totally different saws. Here is where I am coming from.
The Grizzly would be all the saw I'll ever need and I'd be done with it. It also has the built-in router table which saves me ~$300-400 and the time of building one (although that would also be a fun "chore"). However, I would have to deal with adding a 220v circuit to an already cramped electrical panel. And I would need to purchase a mobile base as well - and figure out how to integrate that with the additional support legs for the router extension. Of course, Grizzly has a great name associated with it, and with the exception of a few of the comments I've heard about the G7015, seems to put out a well calibrated and in-tolerance product. Plus, I would get the quality of cabinet-mounted trunnions and a full cast iron table, as well as the additional power that the G1023 offers.
On the other hand, at less than 1/2 the price (including a mobile base) and simple 120 volt electrical requirements, The Ridgid would be the easier decision and may be all the saw I really need right now. Although I have the funds and am sure I could get the spousal approval for the Grizzly, a table saw isn't the only thing on my wishlist and being able to put $800 towards something else would be nice. If I go with the Ridgid, I would ultimately plan on upgrading a few years down the road once I build a shop - unless I find the Ridgid perfectly adequate. I have read quite a few comments about the perceived short-comings of the Ridgid but the few user reviews of the Ridgid that I have been able to find seem to be pretty favorable.
So, here's the thing. Although I certainly do my fair share of woodworking, I don't think I am quite as dedicated of a woodworker as most of the others on this board. I am a DIY kind of guy and prefer to build things such as file cabinets, speaker boxes, entertainment centers, poker table, etc... myself rather than buy them due to the superior results I can typically attain and the cost savings. I do have a big list of things to build, but at the same time, I don't typically go out and build things just for the joy of working with wood - though I like to be proud of what I build. If the Ridgid will get me by and not constantly frustrate me, I think that would likely be my choice. However, I just don't want to be telling myself, "I wish I would have just bought the Grizzly" everytime I use the Ridgid.
I keep going back and forth. Sometimes I am convinced and determined that I should buy the Grizzly, and then the next day I think that the Grizzly is overkill and that the Ridgid will be plenty of saw for me and be the responsible choice. I think I just need someone just tell me what to do! Anyone got anything else to ad?