Now I'm thinking about a Grizzly cabinet saw after reading several reviews.
Good move. Changing from a Delta contractor saw to a PM or a Ridgid is a lateral move IMO...Chevy, Dodge, Ford kind of thing, but still the same old family wagon...
To me, and no offense intended, it'd seem silly to spend a grand on a contractor saw in today's market. It's time for truck!
A 3hp cabinet saw will take up less space, are significantly better built, more stable, have better dust collection, better precision, and have more power, etc., than a traditional contractor saw. A 3hp motor will require 220v, but beyond that, it's tough to get more for you money than something like the Grizzly or comparable Shop Fox. $1075 to your door is pretty enticing IMO. Steel City may have some deals that are worth checking out too.
If you don't have 220v, then a hybrid saw is the next logical step up. A hybrid saw is an evolution of the 60 year old contractor saw design, that basically moves the motor inside the enclosure, which means a smaller footprint, shorter drive belt (lower vibration, better power transfer to the blade), better DC, no lifting hazard when the motor is tilted. Similar power and duty rating as a contractor saw, but all of the other advantages of a cabinet saw still apply. Steel City, Craftsman, Ridgid, Delta, Grizzly, Shop Fox, DeWalt, Jet, GI, Woodtek.
The guts of a Grizzly 1023SL:
The guts of a traditional contractor saw like the Delta or PM: