The PM2000 is a top tier industrial cabinet saw, and sells at a premium price. The Grizzly G0690 and G1023RL are what I'd consider the best values in that class of saw. The Shop Fox equivalent is pretty similar, but has a slightly different cabinet design and a longer warranty. For the difference in price with the PM2000, you get a 30" deep table vs 27", plus built in wheels...the fit and finish on the PM "might" be better (its subjective). The fences are functionally equivalent, but the handle and paint on the PM fence might be a tad smoother, the bearings, switch, motor, and some other subtle things might be a little "nicer". PM has historically used a process in the cast iron known as Meehanite that improves the strength and density of cast iron....I don't know if they still use that process now that it's made in Asia.
Note that the PM1000 looks to be a nice saw, and looks similar to a PM2000, but it's not just a smaller version of the same design. The underpinnings are much more robust on the PM2000 and other true industrial style cabinet saws. The guts of the PM1000 are more similar to the better hybrid saws. It may have some of the same fit and finish advantages of a PM2000, but is a step down in class from the G0690, G1023RL, and SF W1820.
I can't argue with your sentiments of the PM2000. I felt the same way about a General 650 for years. I can offer my opinion that if you're going to spend close to $3K for a saw, I think it'd be sort of silly to pass up the safety feature on a Saw Stop PCS 3hp....it's also a very nice Asian made cabinet saw with a great fence option, but has an undeniable advantage over other saws near it's price range....it won't amputate you in the event of an accident.
If the $3K budget makes you wince, but you still want the benefits of a solid 3hp industrial cabinet saw, it's hard to argue with what you get from Grizzly for close to half the price...you just have to be willing to be your own middleman, and have to be comfortable with a 1 year warranty.
As a comparison to the PM1000, below are diagrams/pics of the Jet Proshop, Laguna Fusion, and Baleigh hybrids...all pretty similar to the PM1000: