You've been given some good advice above. As for brands, different people will have different opinions but in the 14" size (which most people won't regret buying), many brands have "cloned" the Delta. To compete most have offered them less expensively but to accomplish it they've cut corners or had inferior fit and finish.
Getting a 14" Delta on craigslist is a great idea. Out of the box it will cut 6" thick and with a riser kit it will cut 12" thick. That's handy if you are resawing (cutting a piece of wood in sections through the thin side). Resawn wood has not only saves money but it also gives you two pieces with mirror-image grain. Very attractive if used appropriately (door fronts, trim pieces, etc.).
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