Based on what many of you have said regarding the Freud rip cut blades I went to Woodcraft today, using my $10 off coupon, and got me one! I have the WWII, but I've been disappointed with it when it comes to ripping tough stock. I ripped some 6/4 WO the other day and got burning even if I just slowed down the feed rate. It's a great blade for many things, but I'm about to rip some 8/4 cherry for a table commission and I just did not want to bother with the burn marks.
I trust you all and your reviews of this blade are great. So, wish me luck! (Oh, I also picked up some shims because I'm so tired of dealing with the flimsy plastic ones.)