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Durnik150

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1772 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw

I have the new R4511 Ridgid 10” table saw w/ 5/8” arbor. Can I get a few of your opinions about 8” stacked dado sets. I really don’t want to spend $300 but will if the $300 set is flat out the best out there.

I’d like to hear your opinions and experiences with brands like Olshun, Freud, etc.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO


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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 1772 days ago

Charles: I have the Freud 8” set, and also have a Delta 6” set. I bought the Delta several years ago, and it is NOT carbide tipped. Don’t even know if they made carbide back then, so I hardley use them.
The Freud IS carbide and had it for about 9-10 years. I’ve cut so many dados and rabbits a couple of the teeth are chipped. Need to send it to the sharpener. Getting back to your saw: Will it handle an 8” set? Some say yea—some say no. I own a new Delta Unisaw, but don’t know about yours. You need advice from Ridgid owners. But be ready to spend around 2 bills for a good dado set. But in woodworking, it’s just like insurance—- a necessary evil !!!

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 1772 days ago

Rick has a point about the size of the stacked set. I have a Forrest 8” set and it cuts absolutely flat bottoms and I can cut a 3/4 inch dado in one pass without any problem at all. But, despite that, I could get by with a 6” stacked set rather than the 8”.

But you are right about the Forrest set it will set you back nearly $300 but it is worth the money.

By the way Forrest is running a promo right now. They are offering a new blade for 20% off (promo code # S020S1S). Not sure if this applies to the dado set or not.

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Kent Shepherd

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#3 posted 1772 days ago

Freud—-They have several prices to choose from, they’re all good. One is around $100, although I own the better one. I love mine.

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knotscott

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#4 posted 1772 days ago

I’ve owned 4 good carbide sets. The entry level Freud SD208, DeWalt/Delta 7670, Systimatic S42Fine, and my current Infinity Dadonator.

IMHO, the 7670 is the best bang for the buck in that price range (on sale from Grizzly for $103 shipped)...24T cutters with 4T chippers…similar to the Forrest design. The Dadonator with it’s 24T cutters and 6T chippers is simply the best stacked dado set I’ve used (~ $200). I’m a Freud and Forrest fan in general, but it’s hard to imagine any commonly available consumer dado set at any price being better that the Dadonator….it’s really impressive. The entry level Freud 208 is very good, but it has half the teeth as the DW/Delta 7670 set and some of the other better sets, so leaves a bit rougher exit and bottom. The Systimatic set was excellent, but is $300 new for that model, and it’s still not as good as the Dadonator.

I haven’t tried the Oshlun dado set, but typically hear positive comments about it’s value. It uses the same design as my Systimatic S42Fine set (42T cutters with 6T chippers), but is made in China, and is likely not to the precision tolerances of the Systimatic. I do have an Oshlun 40T blade that’s a great bang for the buck…not quite in the league of the Infinity or Forrest blades, but it’s a very good bargain at $25.

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bigike

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#5 posted 1772 days ago

i have the freud 8” from home depot and its been good to me i also had it on a craftsman saw it was a benchtop saw u can only put like 1/4-1/2” on there though but thats the one i think u want to go with its nice and cheap flat bottom cuts are what u want with any dado u dont even have to get a 8” one 6” will do u fine unless u want very deep cuts but for shelving and stuff like that 6” is good i wish i got a 6” but 8” is cool too i want to up grade to a forrest just for the looks thats all if i can get a 6” thats all me but anyway its mainly up to u i would get a 6” with the saw u have!

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poroskywood

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#6 posted 1772 days ago

I have the Freud 8” Home Depot edition ($100) It’s versatile enough for my amateur needs and I have had no problems or longing for a better set, (I didn’t know there was a better set, but now that I do I still don’t want it). Sharp and Clean cuts in Curly Maple can’t ask for more than that.

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reggiek

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#7 posted 1772 days ago

Ill second the Dadonator as the best I’ve seen….I had one but sold it with my old table saw….was going to buy a new one until I was given a Freud 8”. The Dadonator was excellent…but to be honest…I get just as good cuts with the Freud….and I don’t have to go buy another set. So I second Poroskywood on that.

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jussdandy

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#8 posted 1772 days ago

I HAVE THE CHEAP FRUED 8 MYSELF NO COMPLANTS EXCEPT THE ON AND OFF TO GET IT SHIMED JUST THE WAY i WANT IT. iF i HAD THE SPARE BUCKS fRUEDS DIAL- A -WITH. iVE SOLD SEVERAL AND THE BUYERS DO LIKE THEM, i THINK THEY ARE AROUND 275. BUT FOR MY WOOD PLAYING IN THIS ECONOMY TO MUCH sorry about the caps but as bad as I type, I aint retyping

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Durnik150

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#9 posted 1772 days ago

Hey everyone!! Thanks for the suggestions. I’m still listening but based on the response the Freud set that HD sells for around $100 sounds like a winner. Maybe oneday I’ll grab a nice set like the Forrest but that seems to be a little out of the price range for now.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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Blake

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#10 posted 1771 days ago

My Freud set works great.

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skidooman93

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#11 posted 1771 days ago

I have been using the Oshlun set for about 6 months now and am very happy with it. It cuts cleanly in plywood, melamine and leaves nice flat bottoms. I don’t think it can be beat for twice the price. I bought it from holbren.com.

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#12 posted 1771 days ago

I agree with the Dadonator

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rtb

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#13 posted 1770 days ago

I’v been using the basic ($100) Freud set on my Rigid for a couple of years now and have no complaint. My only suggestion use the guide on set up for specific widths as a guide. For really fine accuracy I always measure the set up. I suspect that this might be a problem with most stacked dado’s.

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jerryz

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#14 posted 1770 days ago

I also have the Freud 8” set that I bought at the HD and I am very happy with it, no complaints and no issues at all.

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frostwood

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#15 posted 1769 days ago

Durnik150,
A couple of weeks ago I purchased the 8 ” freud dado stack on clearance at Lowes for $45.00. You might want to try that.

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