The marvel 8 is a 60-90k saw.... made of import parts now. Yes, I like real saws, and the 4x6 saw horse miter saw.Some of the things you talk about must be in regard to production saws in the $50-100+K price point. The Marvel No. 8 is clearly not in that category. Neither are any of the other saws I mentioned. 'Pinching' is a relative word......'able to pinch' is a better description, some clearance is required.
I think I try and stay on track for limitations of smaller saws are, just because I can put Hoosier tires on my Tercel doesn’t make it drive better or faster. Putting bigger blade on a saw strains it’s gears and motors if you push blade enough to actually cut and not abrade dust. The wider beam blades are thicker = more metal removed and more center section that has high resistance to cutting. Everything from guides to motor has to be able to push thru or you are just wasting money on a bigger blade to cut slower and in turn less straight.
I detest cutting slower and crooked-you should help your friends stay cutting true, faster, and cheaper.