I found a manual that has the correct writing on it. I bounce between my place and my girlfriends and lost the manual between the two homes, so used one online.
So, I was doing some reading and they say dont use a thick blade or high tooth count like the 50 tooth combination blade for ripping on a contractor saw. Any thoughts on that?
Who are "they"? Are "they" the user manual, or some other source on the internet? Without context, it is difficult to answer the question.
"They" are correct about not using a "thick blade" with your saw. Any thin kerf blade would be acceptable and meet your saw's requirements.
A "thick blade" would be anything more than a thin kerf blade. Do not
use a "full kerf" blade. Full kerf blades exceed the maximum blade body thickness written on your riving knife.
-> Thin kerf blades are readily available and would be appropriate for your saw.
Regarding rip cuts with a 50 tooth combination blade, I dunno. For rip cuts you want fewer teeth. Whether a 50 teeth combination blade for rip cuts is unreasonable for your saw, I can't say. The answer might depend on "which wood?" and "how thick?"
Any combination blade or general purpose blade is a compromise to make "satisfactory" rip cuts and crosscuts without changing blades. You can get better quality cuts with separate, dedicated rip blades and crosscut blades, which is why woodnthings has so many table saws. I have only one table saw at a time, so I get by with general purpose blades, rather than changing blades frequently.
Do you know the difference between combination blades and general purpose blades?