I ordered this 18" Rikon through Highland Woodworking about 3 weeks ago. Highland had it on sale for $999, shipping was $125 and I ordered a mobile base at the same time, so all in all $1200 delivered to my door. I will start with the only 2 low points that I have and granted I have only used it a few times playing more than anything. 1. the fence is not tall enough by any means for resawing (has capability of 12 inch resaw) and there is no way to attach a fixture to it as you can with most fences. 2. The blade that came with it. I know we all throw them away anyway, I was just trying to find something bad to say about this saw, but I can't really. The saw is 220v with a 2.5 hp motor, I have done some resawing of Cherry at about 8" tall and comfortably cut veneers at 3/16'. I know folks have cut veneers much thinner than that, but I need to make a fence. I did order an aftermarket woodslicer blade through Highland. At no time did it bog down at all during anything I have done to it. The dust collection works great! There are 2 ports, both 4", one towards the base of the saw and the other right at the bottom wheel. It took me longer to get the mobile base together than it did this saw. Everything was put together except for the table and fence, which took no time and I did it by myself. The hardest part was walking it onto the mobile base, since it weighs in at almost 400 lbs, also at 6'3" inches tall, it's massive.
The biggest mistake I have ever made with machine purchases is not buying enough of a tool the first time, hence why I have owned 4 table saws already. I looked at the jet, Powermatic etc. all in the same price range, but at 1 HP and to get 12 resaw capability you need a riser block. I wanted something that I didn't have to do anything to and would have plenty of power should I ever need it. I have never cut veneers, but in cabinetry I do need a bandsaw at times for cutting corbels etc. Now that I can cut veneers or even just resaw lumber it opens up things that I can do. Overall this saw is great and I can't be more pleased. I will post some photos in the next few weeks of veneers etc.