I started out using Hercules brand saw blades and had used them for
many years before opening my own business. I've always found them to
be of consistent quality. However, once I started paying for my own
blades I decided that I'd try some of the other brands, mostly
because they were less expensive, but they usually advertised some
other benefit like being more flexible etc. I usually buy a gross at
a time to get a little discount and found that I'd end up breaking a
lot of blades getting used to them. I'd also curse and swear a lot.
By the time I'd used up the last of that order, I'd find that the
average life of a blade was pretty much the same and the breakage
rate was similar (once you discount the initial break-in period). So,
I always have gone back to the Hercules brand. Are they the best? I
don't know, but I do think there's something to the strategy of going
with the devil you know instead of the devil you don't. I put burs in
then same category, too.
After working with sawblades for decades, you might think that I
would have had the time and resources to become a sawblade
connoisseur, but, sadly, no.