One of the main advantages with a combination machine is the fact that you can enjoy the benefits of more than one machine on one platform. This table saw has tolerances to 1/32; it is stable as a bench on the stand; it is easily set up; the blade doesn’t wobble; the fence is substantial, locks in where you set it & stays put; blade changes are quick and easy; the gravity-rise stand is such a pleasure to use; safety features are great; the saw has more than enough power for hard woods and laminates; perhaps overall my best and most versatile table saw.
To work up your own topsy-turvy trimmer, you’ll need to get hold of — in addition to a functioning adjustable circular saw with at least a 1-HP motor and a 7-1/4-inch blade — a 3/4-inch plywood sheet measuring 36-by-48 inches, three pieces of 1-by-8, each 10 feet in length (as an alternative, you can cut up an entire 4-by-8-foot sheet of quality-grade 3/4-inch plywood to satisfy both requirements), 10 feet of 1-by-2, 6 feet of 1-by-4, and a 26 inch length of 2-by-2.
On/Off switch – For ideal usage, the on/off switch needs to be mounted on the front of the saw and should be easy to turn off with your knee or a swat without having to look at it to locate it. Most table saw models have a safety feature that is a plastic key that has to be inserted before the table saw can be turned on. Some may even have a way to padlock the switch.
One has to take care and know how to operate a table saw without binding the blade to fence to stock in feed, otherwise no matter what of the safety devices in newer saws are designed to mitigate, you will have an accident (either in force feeding with your muscles to the stock, causing your fingers to have a high chance of slippage forward, or binding of the stock to cause kickback).
Cabinet saws are heavier and offer the following advantages over contractor saws: heavier construction for lower vibration and increased durability; a cabinet-mounted trunnion (the mechanism that incorporates the saw blade mount and allows for height and tilt adjustment); improved dust collection due to the totally enclosed cabinet and common incorporation of a dust collection port.
Also I would note, due to the way my Delta is designed, a contractor saw at heart with a stand I am not using at all, I was able to swap to a more powerful motor with the way the motor is mounted externally of the table saw cabinet and accepted one of the standard motor mount hole positions, so really, in a table saw, if price is a concern, definitely get a used one with a good table and track.