If the saw is mechanically sound, then it's all about how well you set it up. I think it's wise to take a straight edge along to check out your saw's top before you buy it. That means getting the display model, which often are not well set up, and sometimes missing parts. You're probably going to get one in a shipping crate. If you check out the table and wings before assembling, and something's off, you'll find it easier to return it if necessary. One of the reasons I went with Laguna is that they insist that the Taiwanese "rest" the cast iron for at least 6 months before milling it. They also have really heavy duty trunions. If money were an issue when I bought it, I'd probably have gone with the Grizzly, which I'd considered at the time.
Rigid had a very nice middle sized, 6 inch jointer that I looked at long and hard. Reviews were really good, but I recall signing a new client and suddenly could afford the PowerMatic jointer.
I do remember how great it felt to finally have some top notch tools in my shop.
The more I do, the less I accomplish.