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Old 03-25-2012, 08:08 PM   #1
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Its that time where im gonna cave and buy a set for a little project for myself.

First off ive never bought a set, second im not going to be useing them a real lot because i dont really do to much actual wood working, well delicate wood working i should say. 6 or 8 inch??

I tryed doing the serch but didnt come up with much

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Old 03-25-2012, 08:16 PM   #2
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I have the Freud dado set, 8". Been good to me for over a decade. It's had two sharpenings and is still going strong. It has a negative rake so it leaves nice smooth edges with no tearing, but at the cost of aggressiveness. I'd buy it again.

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I have been trying to find a decently priced 12" set with an 1 1/8" bore.

No dice yet.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:29 PM   #4
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Why the heck would you want that much metal spinning around at 7000 RPM
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what he said.

i have a Freud set, 8". bought it about 6 years ago. they have seen a lot of use and still work great. i am sure they are in need of a good sharpening and a few teeth on the main blades have chips on the outside edge. even if i have to replace them i feel like i have gotten my 100 bux worth out of them several times over.
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Well, the saw was made for 16" blades.

A 8" dado set does not give me much depth of cut,

My arbors only run at 2950 rpms. Need to run large blades to get the sfpm where it needs to be.

I can run at least a 2" wide stack on it too....
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Freud 8" dado. I have another one somewhere around here, I think it's a Forrest. I remember bartering one of my kids for it
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I have been perfectly happy with the Freud for $99 on Birch ply. It's an 8", but if you have a typical 10" saw a 6" dado is more than adequate. Rarely does anybody need more than 3/8" deep dado anyway. Guess it depends on what you're doing. A 6" will put less leverage back on the arbor and motor than an 8".
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I've done 2" deep dadoes with mine.
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With the Freud, there are several models. The dial and width and super dados are around $200 and are high quality industrial tools. I have the dial a width and its great if you work with alot of veneer ply that can vary in thickness. Not having to use shims is nice. I also own the diablo set that you can get at HD for about $100. Its a good starter set for the money but you dont get the 3/32 chipper. For onsite work/Azek, etc. I have a Irwin thats really cheap, like $40, but I wouldnt try it on hardwood, thats for sure.

Way in the back of my toolbox there is an old Craftsman Excalibur dual blade wobble dado. It actually works pretty good, but the bottom is never completley flat, and it has kicked back at me once or twice. For $79 it served me well for a long time.

I have been happy with Oshlun as well for saw blades, you might want to give their dado a try as well. Only $80 and got great reviews on amazon.

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Thanks for all the imput guys. Im gonna be useing it to make a dineing room table out of old maple flooring i found in one of our sites.

Just useing it to make lap joints in the corners instead of a miter
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Freud 8'' here. Thats the only kind our tool store stocks.
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Very high reviews among woodworkers.

http://www.amazon.com/Oshlun-SDS-084.../dp/B0012YF25Q
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Ridge Carbide or Forrest sets for me. I've always gone with 8" sets but a 6" would be enough most of the time.
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I have been trying to find a decently priced 12" set with an 1 1/8" bore.

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What do you consider "decently priced?" That would be a beast of a blade. I see a 12" Forrest would be in the $400 range and a 10" Ridge would be $305. Sounds expensive but, I would think they're reasonably priced for what you're getting.
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Carpenter Eyes - I needed a really good set last year. I did lots of research. Frued makes a decent dado set for the money.

But if you want the best go with Forrest. IMO that's the best on the market. More money than the Frued though.

Here's the set I bought. In 8".

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Carpenter Eyes - I needed a really good set last year. I did lots of research. Frued makes a decent dado set for the money.

But if you want the best go with Forrest. IMO that's the best on the market. More money than the Frued though.

Here's the set I bought. In 8".

http://www.forrestsawbladesonline.co...KING_SETS.html
Anything by forrest is awesome. I got a few choices around my area. The feude and the avanti from the depot from lowes the 6inch skil, some off brand i cant rember the name and those orange 8inch ck blades. I have a weird thing about buying tools online
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I bought mine online. No problem. They shipped to Canada.

The thing about a dado set is that it's not the same as a saw blade. Saw blades we use a lot and when they're done we get another.

A dado set should last you a long time. That's why I bought the best. I don't want to have to replace it any time soon.
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I'll second the thumbs-up on the Freud 8". Will take a few bucks extra (30. or more depending on your saw) for the dado insert. I also run a 6" Diablo on my radial arm saw, specifically for the ease of crosscutting dados in shelving standards, easier than a crosscut on a table saw. Sometimes I use a router with a guide when making built-ins, with great results. A regular dado will make clean cuts for the lap joints you are planning. A wobble dado will require some clean up with a chisel.

Any quality dado blade will give you the cuts you need, plan to spend at least 100. on the low end for a 6". And have fun!

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