I need a new Dado set up - Any recommendations

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Blog entry by WoodArtbyJR posted 12-06-2010 04:56 PM 1879 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My old carbide dado went BER (beyond economacal repair). I need some thoughts from you folks that will assist me in deciding what to replace it with. I haven’t a clue…...

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#1 posted 12-06-2010 05:12 PM

Jim, I bought a set from Freud a couple years back and love it. Home depot sells it for about $100. It is the stacking set with shims, has a diagram for the thickness you are trying to cut and how many and which shims to use as well as how many of the blades to use. The cut on it is perfect and clean, much better in many cases than router bits.

Hope this helps.


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#2 posted 12-06-2010 05:39 PM

I have the Oshlun 6”, which I love and highly recommend, but by the same token, I have always had excellent results with Freud products. Even though they are imported…

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#3 posted 12-06-2010 05:44 PM

Scott – you talking the Diablo 8”, 12 tooth model for $99.95?


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#4 posted 12-06-2010 06:06 PM

I have the same Freud set, SD508 I believe, and it is less than desirable. There is absolutely no way to get flat bottoms however the shoulders are very nice. Most of the dadoes I cut with it were in plywood and not very good quality ply at that. If I were to do it over I would look very hard at the Dadonator from Infinity tool. It has received very good reviews and is priced well.

I have recently sold my unisaw in favor of an old Oliver 232. The oliver does not allow me to use an 8” dado set. If you are interested send me a note and for a small fee we can discuss you becoming the new owner of a Freud dado set.

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#5 posted 12-06-2010 06:15 PM


I bought the Freud Diablo 8” dado set that Scott talks about above at Home Depot. I cut some dados in some “3/4” (really 23/32?) and used the blades, chippers and sheams per the chart on the package and the dados were perfect fit.

Good luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#6 posted 12-07-2010 02:00 PM

I have a Freud. Love it..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#7 posted 12-07-2010 08:11 PM

Freud SD500

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#8 posted 12-07-2010 08:21 PM

I also have the freud dado stack and it performs nicely.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 12-08-2010 02:57 AM

I’m using a Forrest 6” Dado King with excellent results!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#10 posted 12-15-2010 06:32 PM

Well, based on the reviews from a couple of LJ review blogs I ordered the Oslun 6” set from Amazon. Time will tell if that was a wise choice. Cost? $67.99 + $5.85 state sales tax for a total of $73.84 (free shipping). Thank you all for your input.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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