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01-11-2010 07:02 PM

Ok guys i need to buy a dado set. What is a good all around set to buy? I have looked at the set by Freud at home depot that was 100 bucks. I would like to stay around that price or so as I am just a hobbyist. Also looked on amazon and they have a oshlun SD-0842 that looks as good or better that is a little cheaper. I just want something that makes good cuts. Any advice would be greatly appreaciated. Thanks

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#1 posted 01-11-2010 07:21 PM

Check the owners manual of your table saw. Some saws cannot use an 8” dado stack.

If yours can, or can not, doesn’t really matter though, you aren’t going to do through cuts with a dado anyway…

I have the Oshlun SDS-0630 6” dado stack that I got from Rockler on sale… Very nice set for not a lot of money… Laser sharp bottoms with no ridges.

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#2 posted 01-11-2010 07:32 PM

In that price range, I’d go with the DeWalt/Delta 7670 (Grizzly - $90 + s/h), or the Oshlun from Holbren offers 10% with discount codes “BT310” or “SCM10” and has free s/h over $75 (he’s a great supplier). The $90 Freud set is very good, but has half the teeth of the 7670 set and doesn’t cut quite as cleanly…I bought the 7670 as a replacement for my Freud SD208. I haven’t tried the Oshlun, but owned the $300 US made Systimatic Superfine 42 that the Oshlun is a copy of…also an excellent set. You should get good results with any of these.

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#3 posted 01-11-2010 09:18 PM

I have the Freud set and have been very happy with them. Set up is straight forward. The dados are clean and flat. No complaints. However, I have never used any others, so I don’t have anything to compare to.

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#4 posted 01-12-2010 11:41 AM

Same as DSH. I’ve got the Freud, but the Freud is the only model I’ve ever used. No complaints or problems.

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#5 posted 01-13-2010 07:50 PM

I have the Oshlun set and I’m very happy with it. That said, I should mention that I haven’t used anything else, so I can’t really make a fair comparison. Like you, I’m a hobbyist.

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#6 posted 01-13-2010 08:14 PM

When you get your dado set, get some magnetic shims too. They look like thin, round, refrigerator magnets, and come in sets with various thicknesses (Mine has two each of .010”, .012”, and .015”).

Metal shims like to slip down while you’re building your stack, and can drop slightly into the arbor threads which can cause the dado set to wobble like mad when you start the saw. (I’m sure you’ve guessed how I figured this out, by now. – lol) The magnetic shims stick to the blade/chipper and stay put.

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#7 posted 01-14-2010 02:19 AM

Glad you made this post Brandon, I had a dado set on the agenda and wasn’t sure if the HD set was any good or not. I had seen the $300 sets being raved about, but those are outside my budget and need.

knotscott – I’m reading between the lines that your experience with both the HD Freud and 7670 is that the 7670 is much better. Is that right?


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#8 posted 01-14-2010 02:39 AM

If you don’t just have to have primo dados. a “wobble” type dado cutter also does an acceptable job. I have an inexpensive Craftsman that does just fine on drawer bottom dados (where I’m cutting with the grain of the 1/2” ply sides). I don’t recommend them if you’re cutting across the grain, however.

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#9 posted 01-14-2010 03:30 AM

Well I decided to go with the Oshlun. I like the idea that it has more teeth and full chippers. Also the smaller chippers to handle the plywood. Also it was cheaper as well got it on Amazon for 72.45 and free shipping. Will tell you guys how it does when it arrives.

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#10 posted 01-14-2010 03:37 AM

Hi Steve – I thought the 7670 is “better”, but I’d stop shorting of calling it “much better”. The SD208 is a good set, well made, and it works well, but it only has 12T on the cutters, and 2T on the chippers, and doesn’t cut quite as cleanly as the 7670….when both are available near $100, I’d go with the 7670, but both are capable of good results.

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