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Stacked Dado Recommendations

by TheDane
posted 693 days ago


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dbhost

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#1 posted 693 days ago

No feedback on the 8”, but I have the little brother to that Oshlun, the 6” SDS-0630 and it has been fantastic. Dead accurate flat bottomed dadoes every time. Only drawback is it ships in a cardboard / foam box. Not that big of a deal, just a little cheesy is all.

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TheDane

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#2 posted 693 days ago

I built a wooden box for the set I have now (8”, non-sharpenable from HF), so the box is not an issue.

I will be using the stack on a 1.75hp saw.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Milo

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#3 posted 693 days ago

Gerry,

I have the Freud and I like it very much. More so now that I had the blades sharpened at the Atlanta Woodworking show! Kinda hard to miss with Freud. Almost all my blades are Freuds.

Milo

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knotscott

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#4 posted 693 days ago

Gerry – Those are both decent sets for the price, but the Delta 7670 gives better cuts, and has a nicer carrying case for around the same price range…having owned the 7670 and SD208, I’d definitely go with the 7670.

Tools-plus - $97 free s/h

A cut from the Delta 7670 set:

A cut in the same material from the Oshlun:

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NiteWalker

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#5 posted 693 days ago

+1 on the 7670.
I grabbed one not too long ago based on Scott’s recommendation and haven’t been disappointed.

It comes in a very nice case.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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ShaneA

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#6 posted 693 days ago

I have the Forrest dado king, bought on sale @ amazon. Seems to work nicely. Can cut cross grain in ply without tearout/splintering. Think it was a little over $200.

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Gshepherd

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#7 posted 693 days ago

I have the 8” Freud and also the Dial a dado which is a lot more money and I grab the SD208 first…...

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lumberjoe

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#8 posted 693 days ago

Scott, I am looking that the delta set. It’s nice to know it doesn’t leave the batman wings like the Freud. One question; is it true sized or nominally sized? I know the SD208 cuts 1/32” “light” of the indicated size due to popular plywood sizing.

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knotscott

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#9 posted 693 days ago

Joe – The Delta does have very slight “bat ears”, but they’re less pronounced than the Oshlun’s. Literally all the top sets I know of have them to some degree. They’re necessary to reduce tearout across the grain, but the better sets minimize them so you can barely notice.

I’m not sure about the sizing. It has 4 standard 1/8” chipper, and one extra 3/32” and one 1/16” chipper, along with about a dozen shims to give nearly infinite adjustments to the width.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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MedicKen

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#10 posted 693 days ago

I had the Freud set and it was junk. I think I ended up using it for a sacrificial anode in electrolysis. I have not used the Delta so I cannot comment on it. I have however used this one, and love it!! Its a little more expensive but I feel well worth it.

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SnowyRiver

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#11 posted 693 days ago

I have the Forrest Dado King too. It has worked great. I have used it a lot and it still holds a very sharp edge.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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lumberjoe

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#12 posted 693 days ago

Thanks Scott. I borrowed a friends Freud set for a project and noticed my cuts were a tad short even shimmed properly. Upon doing some research I discovered this was by design to accommodate for the factory specs of most plywood. Given the price of this set is very easy to swallow, I think I will give it a shot.

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TheDane

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#13 posted 639 days ago

Thanks for the feedback … I settled on the Delta 35-7670 stackd dado set, and couldn’t be happier!

Cuts nice, flat-bottomed dados, nice carrying/storage case, etc. for under $100!

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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jmartel

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#14 posted 639 days ago

I know you already found a set and are happy with it, but for anyone else who was looking, Lowes is clearing out their CMT 8” Dado sets. Normally $90, and the price varies from store to store. Most are reporting that they bought it for around $35, I actually picked up 2 today for $12.60 each. Might be worth a look.

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Kevin

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#15 posted 639 days ago

Yeah, Lowes is clearning the CMT of the data out. Saw it at my local Lowes for $35.00 and they had 3 of them left.

If KnotScott recommends something you can pretty much count on it being top notch.

Kevin

-- Williamsburg, KY

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Gatorjim

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#16 posted 639 days ago

This might be a dumb question but I have a delta stackable dado set can i use it on my RAS? I have another one from craftsman that has a dial on it i guess it whobles around to cut the dado. When I use it the RAS shakes so i dont use it.

-- My theroy in wood working will be. If I'm not enjoying doing it i won't do it.

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TheDane

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#17 posted 638 days ago

Gatorjim—Yes, you can use the stacked dado set on your RAS. Norm Abram did it all the time on New Yankee Workshop.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Gatorjim

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#18 posted 638 days ago

Thanks Dane

-- My theroy in wood working will be. If I'm not enjoying doing it i won't do it.

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#19 posted 638 days ago

Very nice set

-- Norman

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cutworm

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#20 posted 638 days ago

I have the Oshlun and like it. No case though. If you can get a CMT for $50 jump on it. I have their blades on my table, miter and circular saws. I gotta get to lowes.

-- "Actions speak louder than words but not nearly as often." - Mark Twain

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lumberjoe

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#21 posted 638 days ago

I picked up the CMT set before work for 32$. I actually went back after to get the other one but it was gone. I did find a 12” CMT 96 tooth cross cut blade for 14$

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cutworm

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#22 posted 637 days ago

Picked up one this evening. $39 here in SC. Strange. 3 Lowes in the area and 3 different prices. I have that 12” 96t blade. I thought I got a deal at$50. Oh well.

-- "Actions speak louder than words but not nearly as often." - Mark Twain

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Newage Neanderthal

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#23 posted 637 days ago

Some food for thought. How often do you cut to full depth of an 8” Dado stack? A 6” has a tighter radius meaningyou get closer to the edge of a non through dado.

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TheDane

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#24 posted 637 days ago

Newage Neanderthal—What you say is true, but 6” dado stacks are not compatible with SawStop’s braking system … requires 8”.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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joebloe

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#25 posted 636 days ago

Just got back from Lowes.bought a 8” stack dado by cmt $39.00,12” 80 tooth blade CMT $32.95 and a 10” 50 tooth blade CMT For $30.95. Thanks for the tip about Lowes was selling out CMT.The local Lowes still has 2 of the stacked dado’s left and a couple of the 12” saw blades.

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cutworm

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#26 posted 636 days ago

Good deal John. Bought mine last night for the same price. They are pretty much out of the other blades though. I hate to see Lowes moving away from them. I have CMT blades on my table, meter and circular saws. I guess Irwin struck a deal with them.

-- "Actions speak louder than words but not nearly as often." - Mark Twain

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joebloe

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#27 posted 636 days ago

I asked a friend of mine that works at Lowes why they where getting rid of them ,he said that people didn’t want to pay that much for blades.The way I look at it is you get what you pay for.I don’t mind paying extra for a better quality and longer lasting blade.I have used Irwin blades before and they are nowhere near as good as CMT.They also have the Dewalt blades too,they are right next to junk too.

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knotscott

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#28 posted 636 days ago

John – The new Irwin Marples blades that are replacing the CMT ITK Plus series look to be a decent blade by homecenter standards. I think you guys might be pleasantly surprised….the early reports I’m ready are pretty positive.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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joebloe

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#29 posted 636 days ago

when I wear out the CMT I’ll give the Irwin Maples a try and let you know my opinion of it.


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