Are coated blades worth the extra money?
It depends. Do you care about what the wood looks like after cutting it? Many times, blades can leave burn marks if they are too hot and overheat while they are used to cut. If you want to avoid burn marks or you are concerned with the appearance of the wood, spend the extra money on a coated blade. The coating helps reduce friction and heat, which means the blade is less likely to leave burn marks on the wood. If not, stick with a regular blade without coating.