just looking to get as much feed back as possible.
You are likely to get these kind of responses on sites like these anytime you ask this kind of audience for their opinions.
Most of these users I would think are serious woodworkers or make their living doing some kind of work using power tools.
Whether they have actually used this particular saw or not , there are perceptions about certain brands. Are these perceptions accurate. Well yes , to a degree they are . But , again , you must consider the fact that these people are only trying to give you honest opinions based on experience and yes probably some perception plays into it.
If you go to a tool review site 9 times out of 10 if you look at a comparison of cordless hand drills you won't even find a Black & Decker listed in the review.
Why ? Because Black & Decker has built their clientel around the occasional week-end wood warrior like yourself and millions just like you. Are Black & Decker
hand tools inferior to the likes of Makita, Milwaukee,Porter & Cable,Dewalt and Bosch. Emphatically yes they are. Are they still viable options for the occasional user who does'nt use them 8 hours a day or depend on them almost daily. Absolutely.
A case in point is a 3/8 electric drill that I have had for over 35 years and has been obused beyond imagination but it still works . I don't use it much anymore but I got more than my moneys worth from it.
So for you and your needs and budget you can probably find one of these saws on craigslist for around 100 dollars or less. If you want to go that route make sure the fence is in good shape and there are no high pitched noises and the arbor is in good shape . Thats just another option and way you can go.
Most of the other posters have valid points about resale and hp ratings , etc, thats a whole new topic. Most companies hp ratings are skewed a bit. Especially shop vacs.
So good luck with whatever route you go. Hope this was a little helpful.