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12-03-2015 01:04 AM

Hello LJ,

I am in need of a new dado set and it seems like there is a lot of good options below 150 bucks. The Freud set is 90 bucks
The oshlun set is 95
And the dewalt set is around 150.

Any recommendations? Any I am missing? It will be going in a 3 hp cabinet saw.



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#1 posted 12-03-2015 02:20 AM

I have the Freud Super Dado stack. Great value for the money, has plywood thickness capacity and tells you if your clock is accurate to the thousands of a second. Ok, I admit, 2 out of the 3 things I said are true. I will say the cut is not as smooth as I would like and a router plane makes quick work of that though I understand that’s an issue with most if not all dado stacks…or perhaps at least if they are in my hands its an issue. It’s a quality set. Buy it.

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#2 posted 12-03-2015 02:54 AM

+1 to Gerbah: the Freud is a proven performer. I’ve done a ton with mine, and the noted shortcomings clean up very well with a chisel.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#3 posted 12-03-2015 03:08 AM

I picked up the DeWalt a few weeks ago. I think it is a great piece of kit. Very nice case. Everything is clearly labeled.

Nice cuts too.

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#4 posted 12-03-2015 05:09 AM

I used to have a 10” dado set, and as it neared the end of it’s sharpenable life, I costed retoothing. A new 8” dado set would do everything I wanted, at 1/3 the cost.I have not been frustrated with the smaller diameter at all. I An 8” does everything I need .

Because I rabbet and dado a lot of melamine and hardwood ply, I went for the high tooth coun to minimize chip out., which costs a little more-carbide of course. The cost of the shopfox dado set in the box was 250ish, years ago but possibly cheaper now. I also use a lot of shop made zero clearance inserts for the same reason

And in the case I also have 4 cheapo 7 1/4” thin kerf skill saw blades to cut dado sbetween 3/32 and 1/4” and a set of plastic shims. Takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

Note…... most dado sets have a negative rake on the teeth, which will lift your work, so I often do a double pass over the blade just to clean it up and be precise


-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#5 posted 12-03-2015 10:18 AM

The DW/Delta7670 is the cleanest cutting of the sets Ive used in the $120 range, plus it has a great carrying case and excellent shim stock. Once you get much north of that price range, the Infinity Dadonator is the best I’ve used regardless of price.

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

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#6 posted 12-03-2015 05:41 PM

I have both the Freud and Oshlum dado sets. I would say they are both equal in performance and they do a very good job. I use them in a 3 hp table saw. I always use dado set with a zero clearance inserts.

-- Julian

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#7 posted 12-03-2015 06:47 PM

Knotscott is the one to ask around here.

I use the Freud Diablo, and it makes perfect dados and rabbets. Blind tenon shoulders are splinter-free. My only complaint is with through tenons, you need to cut very slowly, or it will occasionally chipout part of the tenon.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#8 posted 12-03-2015 09:56 PM

+1 for Freud

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#9 posted 12-03-2015 11:04 PM

I think you’ve got your answer.

Now go git you one!!

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#10 posted 12-04-2015 12:03 AM

I have the 8” Oshlun, and have been quite happy with it. The dado bottoms are ever-so-close to perfectly flat (we’re talking a thousandth here… one pass with a scrap of sandpaper to smooth – I usually don’t bother as you can’t see the difference at all from the end of the board anyway). There is a bit of “bat ear,” but I think that’s kind of required to get nice clean edges (knotscott would know more).

I use mine in a contractor saw (ridgid TS3612), and have had no problems with it. My only beef was the cheap cardboard box it came in… so I promptly used my new dado stack to build a box-jointed box for it :)

I should also add that it’s the only dado stack I’ve ever used, so I can’t compare it to anything else. But as I said, I’m very happy with it.

-- Bill - Western NY

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#11 posted 12-04-2015 01:58 PM

Sounds good and thank you all for the responses. I will go pick up the Freud today!


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