In the shop is an old craftsman, has a cast iron table and weight is in favor of a shop saw. The old craftsman saw is hard to beat, first photo is what My boss has in shop.
It sat in the yard for 2 years unprotected from the weather. Had some rust issues.
Was broke and he did not know why, was just a pain to carry the heavy saw from job to job. I found why it was not working in 15 min and then spent the rest of afternoon cleaning and oiling it, to get it functional again.
Fast forward 8 years later, We now have a shop for it to sit in, built a new cabinet on wheels to roll it around, had to replace a switch and upgraded fence on it. ... it is a great saw. It is old as dirt, but every part is easily available and replaceable and cuts true as the day it was brand new.
You can find them used cheap, then add accessories to them like a cabinet or new fence. Are tough and last forever.
We have in the past loaded it on the trailer, hauled it to the jobsite, what a pita.
It takes 2 people to walk it into the trailer. Nothing hard about it, just my cheap little saw is already in my van and will do what needs to be done.
If the motor goes out on my cheap saw, saw is going in the trash and being replaced with new saw.
If motor goes out on the craftsman, motor is being replaced.
So decide how often you need to take it on the road, if it is worth buying a throw away saw or do you want a stationary cabinet saw?
And for the record, my old saw was a 10" delta that cost $100, worked for 5 or 6 years before I burned it up ripping 16' long 2x4's.
So a cabinet saw for shop, a cheap portable saw for the road ... Then plan ahead and rip on cabinet saw for big jobs and bring ripped material with you to work.
second photo is a reconditioned craftsman for $519
pictures suck today.
First photo is here
second photo is here