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05-16-2016 01:00 PM

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When I bought my Craftsmen TS from a garage sale, it came with an assortment of blades in a wooden box. This thing was among them. Is it safe to use on a modern table saw. I guess its to create moldings and dados?!

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#1 posted 05-16-2016 01:17 PM

I used them successfully quite a while back, and they can do some things most router bits struggle with. Just make sure that all the threads are intact and tightened well. I’ll warn ya though….I recall the sound they make as being a little terrifying!

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#2 posted 05-16-2016 01:28 PM

I owned a set like that back in the 1980’s. I thought it worked rather well but, as knotscott said, it is kind of scary to use. I eventually became so nervous about it that I stopped using it and sold it.

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#3 posted 05-16-2016 03:15 PM

I agree with the above….LOL. I used mine with the fluting cutters to make door trim in my house. Worked great, but I made sure that I had plenty of featherboards….and I also stepped my cuts as not to remove too much at one time. I’m not sure I would use the other ones….to me they seem a bit more dangerous.

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#4 posted 05-16-2016 04:54 PM

They looked scary to me too, just sitting in the package. I’ll hold on to them. Maybe in a unique project I might throw caution to the wind, and try them out.

Thanks for the info

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#5 posted 05-16-2016 06:35 PM

Another vote for the sound being awful dang scary. Used mine in late ‘80s early ‘90s for cope & stick cabinet doors. I moved to a router based setup pretty quick after a few doors thinking my TS was going to take flight.

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#6 posted 05-16-2016 06:38 PM

I have a set like that . Never have tried them. They were given to me. I see Harbor Freight sells a similar product.

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#7 posted 05-16-2016 06:39 PM

I picked up a set at a garage sale a couple years ago. I think I paid about 10 bucks. Haven’t had the opportunity or the nerve to use them yet.

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#8 posted 05-16-2016 06:44 PM

Is it safe to use on a modern table saw.

Depends on the saw… the arbor needs to be fairly robust to handle the forces involved. I’m guessing that since it came with the saw you bought, it probably is fine. For years, the user manuals for most of the larger Delta saws, particularly the Unisaw, advertised their version of a moulding head cutter (Cat #24-813) and lots of various shaped knives. I have one of those and while it takes some getting used to, does work as advertised – although in many cases, a router table is a better method to accomplish most profiles.


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#9 posted 05-16-2016 08:19 PM

Might sound like an F-86, but they do work well if ya have the moxie on the saw.
I’ve used mine on a radial saw as well as a TS. As was said, be sure the gib screws are tight and the blades are sharp.
They/it work(s).


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#10 posted 05-16-2016 08:26 PM

I bought one a few decades ago, and used it a few times, not much. I still have it, and there is no way in the world I would try to use it ever again. I am really much safer with that thing in its plastic case, on a shelf, and in a cupboard.

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#11 posted 05-16-2016 09:40 PM

Nice to know I’m not the only one who found that molding head to be scary to use. I used mine on a radial arm saw back in the 80’s and it just made me nervous. Haven’t used it since then.

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#12 posted 05-16-2016 09:55 PM

To enhance the scary sound and at the same time reduce some of the hazard, a ZC insert should be made for each cutter set. Ease into the cut with shallow (!/8”) cuts to sneak up on the last pass which will be very very clean at 1/16” removal. Proper hold downs (a board clamped to the fence and table work well) and proper feeding (not too fast not to slow…work the motor but don’t be racing) will result in a great variety of beautiful, efficient cuts. Along with the good advice above, observe all the safety rules of using a shaper or jointer. DO NOT USE ON A RADIAL ARM SAW!

Overall, this is no more dangerous than a jointer, shaper, dado head or just a powerful table saw. Use it with the appropriate respect and it will serve you well as long as my four have…some 50 years.


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#13 posted 05-16-2016 10:16 PM


- Dan Krager

You say that, but the Craftsman instructions for the molding cutter shows how it’s to be used on a radial arm saw. The motor head is to be turned vertical with the cutters protruding through the fence. But with that said, I agree with you.

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#14 posted 05-16-2016 10:40 PM

I had the exact same cutters!
I bought a tongue and groove cutter for it and used it once.
It was scary so I added guards to guide the material, at the same time keep the cutters contained, and make sure my fingers couldn’t even get close to the cutters.

Don’t know what I did with it but good riddance, I’ll use my router instead!

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#15 posted 05-16-2016 10:45 PM

Ya, that vertical setup works the best, WhyMe and the first thing I wanted to do with my new purchase of Craftsman radial saw was put molding on the edge of a board that was too wide to stand on edge. I completed it safely, but it burned a whole new respect into my memory for the shaky setup involved in cutting it flatways.


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