Last night, I was cutting up some spalted maple scraps into pen blank sizes to bring to Larry's this weekend, when - much to my surprise (and dismay!) - the three+ year old Resaw King blade broke. BTW, a 1" blade under fairly high tension makes a pretty disconcerting sound when it breaks!
The blade didn't break at the weld, and when I looked at it closer, I could see all sorts of metal fatigue cracks along the back edge of the band - like hundreds more places for potential breaks.
Anyway, I called Laguna this morning, and they confirmed that the blade was 'the old style;' three plus years old; and out of warranty. Even so, they were willing to give me about a $50.00 discount on a new one. Yeah, it's still a lot of money, but I really like that blade. It'll cut 1/16" veneer, 12" wide, that only needs a couple passes through the performax sander to be ready to use.
Even my old (and much cheaper!) Highland Woodslicer didn't cut that well, and Woodslicers only last a few hundred feet in my shop, so in the long run, the Resaw King actually comes out to be more economical.
Six Woodslicers, at about $48.00 each, (delivered) or one Resaw King at $175.00. Easy math...