Keep an eye on craigslist; there's usually something available. You might find an old Craftsman that will do the trick. I have a Ryobi direct drive 10" portable that has been workable for many years now. I guess you could overbuy and also underbuy.
I've seen finish carpenters with nice setups on some of the high end homes I've been involved with. One guy had a setup with extension tables big enough to cut large panels with. I've always wanted a verticle panel cutter rig, they can be very pricey though.
I have an older Ryobi 10" chop saw, non compound. I forgot it once and I was down the shore working. Went to Lowes and got a cheap Delta compound 10" and got through the job and still made munny. I use the non-compound much more for typical 45's etc.
I would really like to find a blade sharpener like a Foley, I've got so many dull blades lying around, same with my boxes of dull drill bits.
There was a guy that invented a table saw that would brake the blade in a millisecond if it came in contact with carpenter flesh
I saw a demonstration video, the guy touched a hot dog to the spinning blade and it stopped instantly
The guy could not market that device due to liability issues