My 'go to' blade is the Forrest WW10407125 Woodworker II 10-Inch 40 Tooth. I don't recall cutting plywood with it, as I seldom use plywood. This blade gives me a very nice finish.
Do a search on WOODWORKINGTALK. There has been many discussions on table saw blades already.. in those topics are pricing and quality..
Question is are you willing to pay to have it sharpened?
I have been using Forrest blades for over 40 years. I have blades that are well over 20 years old and have been sharpened numerous times. Outside of using excellent grade carbide, which outlasts most other blades, their plates are amazingly flat. When you send your blade back for sharpening, which few other manufacturers offer, they will true the plate, braze on any new teeth needed, and sharpen. You do not get that service from too many companies. I made a dumb move to save money ( which always happens when I try to save money) and purchased a Freud stacked dado set. It was supposed to be excellent for veneer plywoods. Well, it sucked. I called Forrest and asked if they could re-grind the blades and set it up to their standards, and they did. The blade came back 10 times better than new out of the box. So in my opinion, yea they are $130 for a WWII, but for me the quality, longevity, and service are money well spent.
Why is that the case? I would think you'd at least test them.I have a file drawer full of more expensive brands that remain unused.
It is a collection accumulated over a span of 40 years or more. Blades would go on sale at various sites at rates that were too good to pass on. Ebay had some great deals as well. Then along came Freud's Diablo line which was "promoted" at Home Depot right in the main saw aisle. I tried them out a long time back and since they were a reasonable price, I got several variations in tooth count and they all worked well for my requirements. They all did the job for me so I got several more and unexpectedly, they lasted longer than I would have predicted! I used the 40 tooth one for 3 years and it didn't seem to degrade in performance. So, the others still remain in the drawer waiting for the Diablos to get dull enough to be replaced.Thanks for your input.
Why is that the case? I would think you'd at least test them.