Okay, so I’ve used quite a few 10 inch blades over the last few years. Both in my sliding compound miter saw and my table saws. That’s plural on the table saws. I’ve traded up twice over the last three years. I say this, not to brag, but rather to give context to the quality of the Freud 10 In. 50 Tooth Thin Kerf Combo blade. Not only is it the best bang for buck, but it happens to deliver the best cut in ripping and cross-cutting situations.
I’ve used this blade in a terror inducing cheap jobsite saw, in a 20 year old cast-iron topped Delta contractor saw, and now in my Jet hybrid saw. The blade gave the same cut quality in all three saws, adjusted for feed rate. Obviously, the lower power saws need to be fed the wood slower.
I’ve now put the Freud 10 In. 50 Tooth Thin Kerf Combo blade into my miter saw as I needed cleaner cuts than the stock blade could offer. I filled the missing slot in my table saw with a DeWalt 10-Inch 40 Tooth combo blade because I’ve been doing more rip cuts and the DeWalt is a lower tooth count, which is better for ripping.
I regret the decision. The Freud 10 In. 50 Tooth Thin Kerf Combo blade is head and shoulders better. I’m just waiting to burn out the DeWalt before replacing it with another Freud combo blade.
Caveat for noobs: The ideal scenario is to have a dedicated 30 tooth ripping blade and a dedicated 60 or 80 tooth crosscut blade. Which means switching out the blade every time you need to go from ripping to crosscutting or vice versa. I find this to be way too much of a pain, so I’ve stuck with combo blades and that’s probably why they are so popular.