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Forum topic by gary351 posted 10-18-2010 08:28 PM 989 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2010 08:28 PM

Hi everybody,

I was wondering if anyone knows if a stacked dado, can be used on a 1948 craftsman contractor saw?
3/4hp 5/8 in arbor. I have never done this, and would like to try some mortise and tenon work.


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#1 posted 10-18-2010 08:40 PM

You can use a stacked dado on most contractor style saws. Usually the older ones are actually better so that could be in your favor.
The big thing is the length of the arbor. You have to be able to get the nut on far enough that at least one thread sticks through the nut. You don’t have to use the outer washer with a stacked dado set but the nut MUST go on all the way! that might mean running the dado at less than its full possible width. I have a whole story on using the stacked dado at the link below if that would be of help.

-- Tom Hintz,

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#2 posted 10-18-2010 09:06 PM

Thanks Tom,
I will check out your link.

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#3 posted 10-19-2010 02:57 AM

Hi Gary,
I agree with Tom. Another thing you may want to play with will be your feed speed. Depending on the width of the dado you may want to slow down or speed up a little. Generally the wider the dado the slower the feed rate to give the saw time to smoothly make the cut. You may also find depending on the width of the dado and the depth of cut to make it in 2 passes. I use mine on my 1958 Craftsman RAS all the time.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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