Ok guys I guess I have to confess one of my weakness's. I have never bought a saw blade over 20 bucks. I am a failure to the WW of America. About 2 weeks ago I bought the Freud dado set. Wooo did that impress me. (its the little things ya know) So last Friday I bought another Freud combination blade ( full kerf) Wooo again. This blade cuts soooo smooth, barely any saw marks. How dumb I have been. I need to be put in one of those things on the street with your head and hands stuck in the holes for everyone to come by and kick my butt. Dont tell anybody I have done such a thing. I have been converted.
I'm not Sonny (thank goodness), but I bet he might be talking about something like these saw blades: http://justsawblades.com/
As someone who has been down this road myself, the Freud Diablo is a very good blade compared to the one that came with my saw, but the Systematic is quite a bit better. Several others get a lot of good reviews, but I don't have specific experience with them.
I had been using Freud thin-kerf blades for several years, with what I thought were quite decent results, but I've read a lot of Sonny's comments about how good SystiMatic blades are (he HAS mentioned this once or twice), and this spring, instead of sending my Freud blade out to get resharpened (again), I decided to put some of my money where Sonny's mouth is and ordered a SystiMatic blade.
Sonny is right.
With the SystiMatic blade I get cleaner cuts with sharp, crisp edges, and no burning.
When ripping boards for edge joining, they come off the table saw so smooth that I only need pass or two with the jointer plane and I'm ready to glue. With the thin-kerf blades, I needed much more work to get a glue-ready edge.
So I'm now a SystiMatic convert. Their blades are GOOD!
I really like Forrest blades. There are no blade marks and the cut is as smooth as if it had been sanded. I'm going to get a Systimatic dado set though as I've heard great things about all Systimatic blades.
a professional woodworker once told me that when you get into the $100 range all the blades are pretty good. I don't know if that is true or not. I have tried Tenryu blades at another shop and they make darn good cuts.