In recent years, Freud’s Diablo brand has become synonymous with high quality, high tech, reasonably priced circular saw blades; these new blades should only enhance that reputation.
The D1040X (general purpose) and D1090X (fine crosscut) blades feature unique grind angles on the teeth. Both are alternating-top-bevel blades, but they sport a 30° bevel rather than the standard 15°. They cut using a shearing action that produces a smoother surface with less tear-out.
The D1090X (which Freud calls its “Ultimate Flawless Finish” blade) also has the faces of the teeth ground at an angle. Freud calls this the Axial Shear Face Grind (ASFG), which accentuates the shearing action and produces a glassy-smooth surface with no tear-out. This blade works well in hard and soft woods, but shines when cutting veneered surfaces.