I purchased a 700 around the time it was released. At the time, the big drawback to the 700 was incompatibility with non-FT bits. The largest edge-trimming bit at the time was FT’s 491666. Also at the time, there was no bit that could trim ¾ edging. I believe there is still no off-the-shelf solution. There are several WTO members who have modified the base to permit longer bits. If you search the WTO archive, you’ll find references to the mods... If you find a solution, please post it as there would be interest.
I would use Arm-R-Seal, since I use it on everything else. It changes the color very little. Definately don't use the stuff recommended for fences and decks, like Thompsons or Australian Timber Oil by Cabot, as it will give it an orange color.
I finally got everything bolted into the saw. It turns out my wings weren't quite straight, so i fixed that at the same time. I still have yet to route anything on it, but at least now I've got somewhere to put my drink without worrying about rust!
They recommended 6 in my 24x24 shop to hit 100 foot candles throughout. LED's in general are no bargain yet. You can't compare them value/dollar vs T8's. It's a no brainer T8's win hands down. It's also (although somewhat subjective) fair to say LED's are better lighting than T8's in many ways. I think if the price was the same, almost no one would buy T8's. Rather than looking at how much LED's are, Look at the price difference. That's really how much you are paying for LED's.