i'm really glad I posted this on here -- I've done my homework and read (or watched on YouTube) all the reviews of this saw that I could find, but it is encouraging to hear positive things about it from people here that I feel I can trust, instead of random strangers.
When I placed the order with Grizzly they said the saw was backordered until sometime in mid-November. Normally that would have bummed me out, but it's actually a good thing, I think. If the saw had come right away, it would have been too tempting to start using it with my current dust collection system (aka the shop vac). Since I've got some time, I'm using it to get a decent dust collector (Harbor Freight) and lay out ductwork, blast gates etc. so that, once the saw arrives, I can hook everything up to it. I should be making joyous noise and sawdust by early-to-mid-December.
"... trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience." -- John Voelker (aka Robert Traver), Testament of a Fisherman