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isu1977

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08-10-2010 05:42 AM

I’m looking at buying a good Dado set that will last me awhile and perform well. Any ideas on what to buy?

-- Cy - Des Moines, IA


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Eagle1

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#1 posted 08-10-2010 11:44 AM

There a lot of good ones out there. I have a freud set myself.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#2 posted 08-10-2010 11:59 AM

I’ve owned 4 sets…first was a Freud SD208, then a DeWalt/Delta 7670, Systimatic Superfine 37163, and now have an Infinity Dadonator set. All were very good sets that did a good job…each set was incrementally better than the previous.

IMHO the DW set was the best bang for the buck at a ~ $100….with 24T cutters, 4T chippers, it has twice as many teeth as the Freud set and made cleaner cuts. It also has great shim stock, and an excellent carrying case. The design is somewhat of a watered down version of the Forrest.

The Infinity Dadonator is just impressive…best of the bunch. It’s hard for me to imagine another set giving better cuts. (~ $190 shipped) See my LJ's review here.

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

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David Craig

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#3 posted 08-10-2010 01:41 PM

You are going to get a large variety of responses. I work with a tighter budget and a 1.5 horse saw. I went with the Freud SD206 set as it received generally good reviews and sized sufficiently for my needs. I read a Wood magazine article covering 6 inch as adverse to 8 inch dado sets. The larger sets offer you deeper dadoes but I have yet to have a project where I required dadoes deeper than what my current set can cut and without the additional load on my saw.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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rance

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#4 posted 08-10-2010 02:07 PM

Don’t get a wobble set, the bottom of the dado won’t be flat(unless I’m missing something). I’ve used the Freud set at work. For home I just bought the Oshlun set on sale from Amazon, but havn’t used it yet. There’s a review of it on here. As noted in the review, except for the cardboard box, it looks good. I’m paying for the blades, not the box. I can build a better box. For $50-$60 bucks you can’t beat it.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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richgreer

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#5 posted 08-10-2010 02:27 PM

Some general advice. Most people do not need an 8” set. A 6” set handles everything I need to do and it is cheaper.

I use the Freud Dial-a-Matic. It uses no shims. I can fine tune the width by turning a dial. I like it. If you have any curiosity about this option, I wrote a review on this set where I tried to objectively spell out the good and the bad.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 08-10-2010 02:38 PM

If you are looking for a good performer at a reasonably low cost, I offer another vote for the Oshlun 6” set.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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rance

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#7 posted 08-10-2010 02:44 PM

Yeah, a 6” would do for most folks. I do have a regular 1.5” dado that I cut once a month though. Rich, how deep can your 6” set cut?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 08-10-2010 03:18 PM

I would get a Forrest, hands down.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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richgreer

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#9 posted 08-10-2010 04:48 PM

rance – The dial-a-matic mechanism causes my dado to not cut as deep as normal 6” dado sets. I can only go 1.25”. In the type of work I do, that is all I need. If I ever needed a deeper cut (unlikely) I would make multiple passes with a normal saw blade.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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RKW

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#10 posted 08-10-2010 06:30 PM

I paid around $90 for a freud set. Ive only used it a couple of times and i am pleased so far.

-- RKWoods

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Dan

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#11 posted 08-10-2010 06:46 PM

I have a ShopSmith dado set which works really well. I don’t know if they still make them or not.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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ZeroThreeQuarter

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#12 posted 08-10-2010 06:47 PM

I personally can’t stand dial-type dado blades. Not only do i find they leave the bottom slightly cupped, but the thought of a blade wobbling around under the wood just doesn’t sit well with me. That said, I know several people that swear by them. Lately I’ve been making my dado’s using my router, I find it a cleaner result and a lot easier to do.

-- Your mind, much like a parachute, works best when open.

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TheDane

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#13 posted 08-10-2010 06:52 PM

Four years ago, I bought a cheap 8” set from HF … they were a waste of money. A couple of months later, I bought a Freud 6” stacked set and have been happy as a clam with them.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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David Craig

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#14 posted 08-10-2010 07:11 PM

ZeroThreeQuarter – I believe you are thinking of a wobble dado set and I agree that they are far from accurate and do look scary when they are running. The dial-a-dado set Rich is talking about is like a compressed full stacked dado set that expands and contracts to the dial size indicated. They are kind of slick (but expensive) as you can make adjustments by dialing in without having to add or remove shims.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Wolffarmer

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#15 posted 08-10-2010 09:44 PM

I have an Ohslun and it works good for me, I am just an armature, hobbyist and is far better than I am. The box is crap so i built my own. see it in my projects.

Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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