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Fireguy

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12-18-2009 08:05 PM

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I was just at HD and they have an Avanti pro 8”dado set for $49.00. I have been wanting a dado set and this looks like a really good price, but I can’t find any info on them. Has anyone used one or know much about them? The real question is buy this for $49 or the Freud for $99.00.

-- Alex


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UnionLabel

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#1 posted 12-18-2009 08:42 PM

Hi Fireguy, might be an expensive test. You can try this set, works well, read the reviews.
http://www.quess.com/store/tools-228013-B000HE87VI-Mibro_416371_8_Inch_Stacking_Dado_Blade_Set.html

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Fireguy

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#2 posted 12-18-2009 10:38 PM

I know they sell that at Harbor freight, and that makes me think twice. I have a HD gift card is the main reason I was looking there, but there are plenty of other things I could use.

-- Alex

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knotscott

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#3 posted 12-18-2009 11:29 PM

Note that Freud discontinued it’s Avanti line in June of this year. Since then, HD has started offering an “Avanti” and “Avanti Pro” line that are cheaply made Chinese knockoffs that are not made by Freud, and don’t come close to imitating the quality level that the former Freud Avanti line offered. There are so many other good choices, I’d definitely skip this charade.

Holbren offers the Oshlun line at a good price, and has a 10% discount with low shipping (free over $75) with the “SMC10” discount code. The Oshlun line is surprisingly well made for the price, features a solid design originally introduced by Systematic, and it uses C4 carbide for longer edge life. “6 for ~ $67 shipped, 8” for ~ $75 shipped. It’s a better made set and is a less deceptive product.

The Freud and CMT entry level sets with 12T cutters and 2T chippers are ~ $90, the DeWalt/Delta 7670 (24T/4T) is ~ $100 (on sale from Grizzly)...very nice set in this price range.

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knotscott

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#4 posted 12-18-2009 11:30 PM

Note that Freud discontinued it’s Avanti line in June of this year. Since then, HD has started offering an “Avanti” and “Avanti Pro” line that are cheaply made Chinese knockoffs that are not made by Freud, and don’t come close to imitating the quality level that the former Freud Avanti line offered. There are so many other good choices, I’d definitely skip this charade if it doesn’t say Freud. If it does, it’s a great deal on a nice basic set.

Holbren offers the Oshlun line at a good price, and has a 10% discount with the “SMC10” discount code, and low shipping (free over $75) . The Oshlun line is surprisingly well made for the price, features a solid design originally introduced by Systematic, and it uses C4 carbide for longer edge life. The 6-inch for ~ $67 shipped, 8” for ~ $75 shipped. It’s a better made set and is a less deceptive product.

The Freud and CMT entry level sets with 12T cutters and 2T chippers are ~ $90, the DeWalt/Delta 7670) is ~ $100 (on sale from Grizzly)...very nice set in this price range.

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

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#5 posted 12-18-2009 11:35 PM

I asked for the same Freud set from HD for Christmas. While I have NOT personally used it yet, for what it’s worth I put it on my list because it got very good reviews.

Thanks for clearing up the whole Freud/Avanti thing knotscott, I had noticed Avanti blades usually have the Freud name on them somewhere, but noticed that the Avanti Dado set didn’t. I didn’t realize they had sold the name.

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knotscott

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#6 posted 12-19-2009 12:30 AM

Thanks for clearing up the whole Freud/Avanti thing knotscott, I had noticed Avanti blades usually have the Freud name on them somewhere, but noticed that the Avanti Dado set didn’t. I didn’t realize they had sold the name.

You’re welcome…I’m not even sure they “sold” the name. I only know they discontinued it, and HD is now selling product using the name….the other Avanti imposter blades I’ve seen look to be from the Oldham contractor and DeWalt construction lines, which are both owned by B&D (Stanley Tool). Can’t decide if it was sneaky or smart, but since they opted to cheapen the line, I don’t like it!

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

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wooddan

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#7 posted 12-19-2009 02:43 AM

Just picked up a Freud SD208 at Lowes on clearence for $69. You guys might want to check your local Lowes for the same.

-- Dan

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