When I was looking as saw to buy I noticed that there is very little difference in how they are all made. Sheet steel welded. There are pullys, bearings, and other things like that. The basic machine is a basic machine, but different colors.
Things that make a difference:
The wheels - for me personally - cast iron wheels are better
table - again I like cast iron, and a bigger size of table
trunion - again I like cast iron
guides - for me personally, I like roller bearings. on my griz, I need to replace them, but they are readily available anywhere - I got good quality replacements
there are options, like a brake - nice to have
On a 17-19 inch saw, you really need a 2 hp 220volt motor or bigger. You cannot get 2 hp from a 110volt circuit even if a mfg claims that you can - no you cannot.
In my opinion - the Grizzly is a better bang for the buck.
In is less money including shipping to your door (usa).
Even shipped to CA my guess is that the saw would still be lower cost.
The craftex has 3 speeds vs 2 on the Griz. I have never changed speeds.http://www.grizzly.com/products/17-Band ... on/G0513X2