Oooh, that is a good question about the blade. I don't know why they would take that feature away, it is great to have. Hopefully someone on here with more (actual) experience with the 2 can give you concrete info.
If you have a local scrapbooking store, they'll usually let you try out all of their machines before you buy any. So you might try giving them a call. I don't think Michaels/Hobby Lobby do it but the smaller ones usually do because they have crop nights. Fingers crossed for you, I know it's a big investment.