You're right Jay. We have our opinions. It's just that I hate to see someone come to this forum and ask a simple question, where we have a responsibility to carefully consider our answer, and then see answers which are obviously prejudiced. Both you and Kirk have contractors saws and maybe I ruffled your feather by saying contractor grade saws are not ideal for a woodshop. I didn't mean to slight you Jay. i am trying to keep the focus on the answer to gederco's question. He clearly stated that he has 2K to spend on a saw. If he did not mean that it will change the question when he clarifies.
I am not challenging your knowledge of putting together an ideal woodowrking shop but I can assure you that anyone who has enough experience to make an intelligent choice between a lightweight, underpowered contarctor saw and a big, heavy, powerful cabinet saw is not going to suggest to someone to buy the lesser saw.
It's my belief that both you and Kirk are suggesting to this man to get the lesser saw because you both have one and "it does just fine".
i have owned and operated tables saws from the little 4" that Penn State sells all the up to the 16" 7.5HP saw I now have. I can tell you, there is much more to it than weight, "an extra inch" or anything else.
It is having a tool in his aresenal (gedereco remember) that will never be found wanting.
You guys can scream it from the rroftops but a 2 to 3 HP 10" contractor saw is not, and never will be anythig close the saw gedereco can afford.
I can sleep at night knowing I am not telling the man to buy a donkey when he has told us he can afford an Arabian .
But this is just my opinion of course.