I had a Delta 1hp direct drive saw for several years. Bought it new for $300 on a clearance about the time Delta sold out to the same company the bought out Porter Cable. It was a little under powered. I got $250 for it. I think it went for near 600 new. It had a splitter that was attached on the rear of the saw, which was a kludge, so I installed the microjig on the inserts. Worked OK.
Definitely set up an outfeed table. There are dozens of simple designs. Rockler had a hardware kit for one that fit the Delta and later fit just as easily on my Laguna TS. The Delta often bogged down and blew the breaker, the Laguna is still 115 v, but it's 1.75 hp, American motor, and doesn't bog down on anything I've thrown at it. Won't be adding 220 in my shop, but many garages today have 220 available for electric dryers, so if you're using gas, that could be tapped BY AN ELECTRICIAN.
I stopped using narrow kerf blades long ago so the Laguna Splitter is full kerf and really easy to install or remove. I suppose you can get pawls for it, but I haven't needed it. I had one kickback way back when I first got the saw. Took two months for the pain to stop, so I now stand off to the side, out of direct line with the trapped piece.
I also have a Shark Guard for dust collection at the blade. It comes on a riving knife that's specific to the saw. It does cut down on stray sawdust, but it is just a little awkward to use, and the mount gets in the way unless I raise the blade an extra inch, which isn't the best way to cut 3/4 stock. Impossible to use for cutting narrow strips.
If the fence doesn't work right, check the aftermarket fences. My two cents.
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