Most "premium" choppers and machetes are too heavy and obtuse to actually perform well as anything but substandard hatchets IME.
If you want an actual machete, then cheap, spring steel blades and riveted wood handles from the likes of Tramontina in Brazil will be much more useful. Sure they rust, need to have the handles re-shaped or tape wrapped and come with terrible, or no sheath, but then again they usually cost under $20, re-sharpen easily and can be used for hours on end without wrecking your arm.
If OTOH you want a pretty collectible, or a man-hancement device that *looks* like a machete, then stuff like the Darn Dao, or the higher end CS choppers (and rafts of "semi-custom" blades) are great... assuming you have a spare $200-$500 burning a hole in your pocket and don't actually have much brush to clear.
I'll take the ugly, but effective tool that I don't have to feel bad about when I bash chunks out of the edge hitting rocks.
Thanks for doing folders so well Spyderco, no machete required! (at least for me)
still more knives than sharpening stones...