I have this Freud Diablo dado set.
I have been extremely happy with it for the limited use I’ve done with it. Then the other day, while removing it from the saw after cutting some three quarter inch dados, I noticed one of the teeth on a chipper was gone. It looked like it either broke off clean or was never there to begin with.
As I’ve dealt with Freud before (they’re always helpful on their products), I was well aware that, since I’d had it less than ninety days, I needed to carry it back to Home Depot from where I got it.
So I did. They exchanged it with no questions asked, and all was well.
Then I got back to my shop and started pondering the situation.
The instructions on this dado set aren’t exactly clear and I’m wondering if I’m installing the chippers correctly. If I’m not, then it may have been my own fault that the tooth was broken off the first set. So I’m hoping some of you experts out there can assist me before I use this new set.
Here is an outer blade and a chipper from my old el-cheapo set. As you can see, there is no mistake on how the chipper aligns with the outer blades because there is an opening on opposite sides of the teeth set for the chipper to go.
In the instructions with the Freud set, it says to allign the teeth of the chipper with the two open areas of the outer blade. If you look at the very first photo up there though, there is no clear open areas. There are actually twelve evenly spaced carbide teeth on each outer blade.
To compound my confusion, the chippers are not made like the ones on my el-cheapo set either, so I’m a little lost as to what to do.
In the next two photos, I will show you the only two way possible to allign the chippers with the outside blades. I need to know which one is the right way.
Here, just the teeth are between the teeth on the outer blades. With them set up this way, if a blade or chipper slips while using, the chipper tooth contacts the metal piece behind the tooth on the outer blade. Or the other way, the metal tab (not sure what this is called) in front of the chipper tooth contacts the carbide teeth on the outer blade.
In this photo, the entire chipper assembly is between the teeth of the outer blade. With this setup, if something slips, the chipper teeth and the outer blade could possible contact each other. If it slips the other way, that metal tab on the chipper will hit the backside of the outer blade teeth.
So, i’m hoping any of you have an opinion on this.
I know it may seem that I’m being paranoid, but with a hundred dollar dado set (I don’t have a large budget) I would like to feel a little more confident that I’m doing this right.
Thank you for any words of wisdom any of you can offer.