The right saw blade can make a cheap tool work great; the wrong saw blade can make a great tool run poorly.
This was illustrated to me when I was setting up my new table saw (more about it in next week’s post). I thought, “I’ll use the stock blade that comes with the saw. It’ll be fine for awhile.” Nope. My new saw, that I had done tons of research on, saved up money for, and finally purchased, cut like crap. There was a lot of vibration, chatter, and the cut was very rough. Luckily, I also had a brand new blade of my preferred brand. Once I dropped it in, the saw ran quieter, had less vibration, and my cuts were superior. All from a single high quality saw blade.