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Forum topic by Novice1231 posted 02-12-2010 01:51 AM 2537 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-12-2010 01:51 AM

Hello, Please excuse my ignorance, I just recently decided I want to take up woodworking. I have a 10” (Pro-Tech) tablesaw. Do I need to buy a 10” dado set? Or will an 8” set work on my tablesaw? Any advise will be appreciated.

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#1 posted 02-12-2010 02:01 AM

dado sets come in 6” or 8” sizes, usually a 6” set is more than enough for most dado operations, an 8” is usually only necessary for very deep grooves. Also less powerful tablesaws may struggle with the extra mass of the 8” set, especially for wide dados.

Rockler sells the Oshlun 6” set (which has gotten lots of great reviews) for about $70, although if you have a more powerful saw and go the 8” route their 8” stack is on sale for $60.

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#2 posted 02-12-2010 02:11 AM

Hey Novice,
I just posted this LINK
If you are interested.

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#3 posted 02-12-2010 02:13 AM

Your saw won’t take a dado blade if it’s the kind of 10 ” Protech that has a direct drive. If your could put one on it won’t be safe. Sorry about that.

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#4 posted 02-12-2010 02:57 AM

Im not familiar with your table saw, but like jim said, it may not take a dado. The first table saw i had would not. One thing to keep in mind, the quality of blade makes a huge difference. I now have two dado sets, one is a cheap harbour freight set which is great for mdf, the other is a freud set. The later set cost three times as much, but produces very little if any tear out. Good luck

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#5 posted 02-12-2010 03:00 AM

oh yeah, i didnt even answer your question. 8” should be fine. (if your saw will take it) The arbour was not long enuff on my first saw. I could only fit the two blades and one chipper on it.

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#6 posted 02-12-2010 03:47 AM

If your saw isn’t up to the task of spinning a stacked dado set, a router with a straight bit can also do a good job….the bits are usually a lot less than a dado set, and a router is just plain handy to have if you don’t already own one.

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#7 posted 02-12-2010 03:55 AM

I’m betting the arbor isn’t long enough and the saw doesn’t have the umph tp handle any dado set… Once again, Jim is right on… It is my understanding that the Protech’s are extremely light duty saws.

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#8 posted 02-12-2010 05:41 AM

I am not familiar with the Protech table saw, but if it will take a dado blade, you could try a short arbor dado blade. They work quite well. I use one on my bench top Delta saw when on a job site and it cuts very well even though the saw has a very small motor.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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