The saw just arrived today. For a hybrid saw it's more like a full cabinet table saw, only with a 2 HP motor instead of a 3 HP motor. It is extremely well engineered - sturdy cast iron trunions and spindle, TEFC motor, tables ground flat and smooth, a very nice two-position "T" fence, a very nice start/stop switch positionable along the front rail, and so forth. UPS was the freight carrier and they really banged hell out of the box, even having to place it on a heavier duty pallet. I noted this on the carrier's form and he asked me to open the box up for a quick visual inspection. Packaging was sufficiently good to have protected the saw - not even a scratch on the paint.
I degreased the saw on the protected surfaces. The table top had a vapor rust inhibitor paper covering it. There was no hint of rust or discoloration anywhere on the machine, surface ground tables included. I sprayed everything down with Boeshield T-9, one of the recommended rust inhibitors. Developed by Boeing to prevent corrosion in tight, inaccessible places, it is a superior rust preventative and is none greasy after it dries. It protects all of my machinery.
I got the saw assembled in about an hour and a half. It was pretty straightforward, I probably could have figured it out without the excellent instruction manual, but I glanced at it as I was going along to make sure I got the correct fasteners for each job. After assembly I decided to check out how well the saw was "tuned" and was just floored with the accuracy. The blade (a used 10" carbide blade) had only 0.002" runout - some of that may have been the blade's fault, but anything under 0.005" is perfectly acceptable. The blade was parallel to the miter slot at 0.000" - no movement of the dial indicator. The blade was perpendicular to the table top so that a 0.001" feeler gage would not slide between machinist's square and blade. Likewise the miter gage was perpendicular to the blade with zero tolerance - the 0.001" feeler gage could not be slid between blade and face of miter gage. I have not checked the fence, but it is fully adjustable and I will probably adjust it with 0.010" clearance at the back of the blade to help preclude burning on cut edges and, more importantly, kickbacks.
The saw is a bit of a beast at 428 lbs. shipped weight, but I bought the Shop Fox wheeled platform to move it around. I unloaded as much as I could from the saw, the side tables, and all the packaging that was in the interior of the cabinet. I'm guessing all that stuff weighed about 100 lbs. I laid a 4x4 on the ground perpendicular to the saw top and then leaned the entire saw over on it's side, with the bottom still on the pallet and the cast iron table resting on the 4x4. I lifted up the bottom of the saw and slid a 2x4 under it to raise it off the platform. I had the Shop Fox platform pre-sized to fit the base and slid it onto the base in my desired orientation. I used a band strap to secure it to the bottom of the saw. I had a friend help me lift up the bottom of the saw and slide the pallet out from under it. We then went around to the top of the saw and easily uprighted it onto the wheeled platform. The instructions for the platform have a very complicated method of assembling the platform underneath the equipment using a crow bar and blocking to lift the bottom of the cabinet up. My way was much simpler, quicker, and with an extra hand, just as safe.
Obviously, these are just first thought as I have yet to use the saw, but it is extremely well engineered and the machining is top notch. The elevation and tilt controls work effortlessly, and the saw came pre-tuned to exceptionally tight tolerances. I see no reason why it won't turn out precision work. The saw represents a tremendous value. I've seen and used saws costing twice as much that weren't machined to the tolerances of this saw nor set up as well as this saw. I'm very happy with my purchase.