My current table saw is just a 10 amp benchtop table saw I got about 3 years ago for like $100. It runs nice and I keep it so it cuts accurately and cleanly. I've done a few tune up's here and there to adjust the blade and the bevel settings. I noticed the bevel lock knob has a bolt in it that threads onto the bevel shaft to help lock it at the angle you've selected. The bolt seems to keep sliding out of the little handle and gets jammed so the blade doesn't bevel easily. I'm fixing this with some epoxy, but just for future reference,
I'll be looking for a nicer contractor's saw, a nice upgrade from this. Once this one goes to the point where It's not worth fixing anymore, I plan on upgrading. Anyone have any suggestions on what saw I should get for just a serious hobby shop?
Nothing incredibly expensive, not even necessarily a new one, just a brand name and horsepower would be a nice start for me.
It all really depends on what kind of work you want to be doing, essentially all you need is a saw that is running straight and true, with a nice straight fence that can move easily with accuracy and a couple of key safety features with it.
if you get something under 2hp I would recommend using a thin kerf blade, this will help your motor out a lot!
make sure you have some sort of riving knife attachment on the saw so you don't deal with kickback from your saw, and make sure your comfortable with it.
In reality 110v over 220v isn't going to reduce your hp on your saw, your not starving your motor by doing this either, 110 over 220 means your essentially splitting your voltage, 2 leads over one neutral, and when you do that you cut your amperage in half. All you need to be worried about is running that saw on it's own breaker, most homes come standard with panel boxes full of 15amp and 20amp breakers and the occasional20-30 for appliances like ovens, dryers, etc. that would run on 220V.
You can score some older craftsman, delta, powermatic, jet, the list goes on especially on craigslist, but remember, whatever you buy ask yourself if the machine is in great running condition, if you don't feel safe about it, leave it and find another. Hope this helps
*note* and what I mean by, "In reality 110v over 220v isn't going to reduce your hp on your saw" is most contractor saws, like what you were asking about only go up to between 1hp - 1.75hp, you will find the oddball 2hp, but then they become hybrid saws, where some companies incorporate the cabinet saw look, but the trunion of a contractor saw.