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Forum topic by Pie posted 01-28-2012 04:13 AM 2581 views 0 times favorited 38 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2012 04:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dado freud dewalt oldham

I’m getting set to buy a set of dado blades. After reading some posts on here and looking around, I found these three choices

One is this Dewalt set
Second is this Freud set
Third is this Oldham set.

I am leaning towards the Dewalt or Freud with Dewalt being my preference. Any feedback is welcomed.

-- Pie

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#1 posted 01-28-2012 04:27 AM

Go for the Freud.I have the Freud Super Dado and it is top notch.The Freud Profesional Dado is a great value.Amazon has the 6” and 8” for $84 with free shipping

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#2 posted 01-28-2012 04:29 AM

I’ve been very happy with my Freud 8”. I’ve had it about 3 years now and it’s never done me wrong.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#3 posted 01-28-2012 04:42 AM

I haven’t used any of the exact ones you link to.
Long time ago though, I went through the cheap Avanti brand, the Ridgid Brand, the Freud brand (Diablo I think it was), and all were a dissappointment to me.
I had about given up on dadoes and was doing all my slot type cutting on my router table. At the time though I didn’t have the best of routers either and really didn’t like this.
Then I found an unopened Dewalt set at a yeard sale. For three bucks I figured it was worth a shot.
I have cut so much with that set and it’s still as good as the day I bought that high priced sucker (sarcasm, remember I paid three bucks).
So I can’t speak for the current batch available. I have to tip my hat to Dewalt because of mine though.


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#4 posted 01-28-2012 04:55 AM

I have the Freud 8”, #SD208 , works great, clean flat bottom dados.

-- Nat - West Sayville,L.I., NY

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#5 posted 01-28-2012 08:19 AM

I have a CMT dado set I bought at Lowes for about $85 and it makes nice cuts.

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 03:26 AM

Well after much researching (I even made a spreadsheet lol..what a geek) I think I will get the Oshlun 6” stacked blades. I probably won’t use them that much but could be wrong, so for the price and reviews (on LJ and other places) this set will do what I want. If not, I can return them and get the DeWalts or Freuds. I will post a review after I get them and use them.

I got so many reviews, pics to take etc, not sure when I will be able. Anywho, thanks for the advice and i wil let ya’ll know how this works out.

-- Pie

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#7 posted 01-30-2012 04:08 AM

I think that price is a good yardstick here.

So if you set apart, in your spreadsheet, the ones that have the number and size of chippers you want, I posit that $ tell the tale.

The more you pay, the more you get: more precision out of the box, sharper, tougher carbide, more carbide (for more sharpenings).

When you get up into the Systimatic and FS Tools and Forrest and Amana, you are investing in lifetime tools.

I would be reticent to spend $100 if I could get superior results and fewer disappointments by spending $200.

Your mileage may vary, of course!



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#8 posted 01-30-2012 04:12 AM


I have the Freud 8” set and have been very pleased with it. The first time I used it I set it up, per the instructions, for shim selection and cut a perfect fitting dado for undersized 3/4” plywood.

It cuts very flat bottom dados and use it to cut tenons also.

Good luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#9 posted 01-30-2012 07:59 PM

Not sure if you have made the purchase yet…so i’ll add my experience.

i have the Freud Diable 8”. not the exact freud set you have listed, but looks to be VERY similar. $100 of the shelf at HD. I’m very pleased with it up to this point. The shims work perfect as Viking stated above for cutting undersized plywood. I’m very pleases with my purchase up to this point.

so +1 for Freud

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#10 posted 01-30-2012 08:10 PM

I owned the DW/Delta 7670 and the Freud SD208….The Freud is good but the DW leaves a cleaner cut (twice as many teeth, similar to the Forrest design), has a great carrying case and really nice shim stock. Definitely recommended in the $100 range. Cripe has it for $85 on Ebay. If you want to spend more for a better set, the Infinity Dadonator is the cat’s meow.

I wouldn’t consider the Oldham.

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#11 posted 01-30-2012 08:30 PM


Talking about the SDB-800…

-- Rick

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#12 posted 01-30-2012 08:37 PM


Just saw your review of it…

-- Rick

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#13 posted 01-30-2012 09:18 PM

I don’t have any of those listed but I do know that blades designed for miter saws use a negative hook angle to get the really slick cut with no splinters. The Freud and Oldham both list a -12 deg hook angle. The Dewalt didn’t list a hook angle or at least I didn’t see one. The Dewalt does have twice the number of teeth on the chippers. Looks like the Freud wins in the survey above. They could all be good. It would depend on the craftsmanship and the kind and amount of carbide on the chippers.

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#14 posted 01-30-2012 09:26 PM

I’ve got the Infinity Dadonator, it is a very nice set. Precise and very clean, but more pricey to be sure.

-- John

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#15 posted 01-31-2012 12:07 AM

I have the Oshlun set. Works great. As the reviews note, the box is not a keeper. Love the 3/16 chipper to make up the plywood slots. With the included shims, even the xx/32nds sizes can be dealt with.

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