You guys with the Rigid R4512, Porter Cable, or Craftsman 218330? Dado Stack

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Forum topic by Kaleb the Swede posted 06-12-2013 05:10 PM 1945 views 1 time favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kaleb the Swede

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06-12-2013 05:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tip tablesaw


Anyway, I got the Craftsman 218330 table saw (After begging and pleading my wife like servant asking the queen not to hack his head off with a dull axe). I am very happy with it. For a guy just having fun with woodworking, this saw is like riding in a cadillac with a driver after having a unicycle with a flat tire

Analogies aside, onto the question? Dado stack. I’m pretty sure I can support an 8 inch dado stack (please correct me if I am wrong). I would like to buy a good dado stack for this, I am hoping to keep it less than $150. I’ve heard the amazing stories of the forrest dado stacks but I don’t think I have the money for those yet. So anyway was just wondering thoughts for a decent set under $150.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#1 posted 06-12-2013 05:17 PM

This one.
I just used it to cut some box joints and the cuts were clean and had flat bottoms. I use a bosch 4100.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 06-12-2013 05:19 PM

I started with a garbage 8” stack in my 218330, and it worked. I upgraded to a 6 inch Oshlun and it works MUCH better, even great. The Oshlun set was one of the leading ones in one of those “which dado stack do I buy sets” threads for price & performance.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#3 posted 06-12-2013 05:45 PM

I have the 21833 and have had this dado for about three years and use it a lot. Makes nice clean dadoes in both solid wood and plywood. Also use it for things like tenons and rabbets and not had any problems.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#4 posted 06-12-2013 06:02 PM

Awesome. Two votes on the Oshlun, I have been wondering about them. Thanks for the responses guys. I have used dewalt blades in my circular saw that I break down sheet goods with and it is absolutely splinter free, maybe it’s worth a go as well. Thanks again guys

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#5 posted 06-12-2013 06:44 PM

I have an 8” stack for my 21833, but I wonder why I spent the money for an 8” when a 6” would have done everything I need. If I had it to do over I’d much rather have a good quality 6” than a so-so 8”. Pretty much what Douglas confirmed above.

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#6 posted 06-12-2013 08:30 PM

The Oshlun, Freud, and DW/Delta are all decent sets in the price range, but I think the 7670 is $25 more that’s well spent IMO.

DW/Delta 7670:


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#7 posted 06-12-2013 09:20 PM

ebay is the place to buy Dado blades cheap and good

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#8 posted 06-12-2013 09:33 PM

those pics from KS tell a pretty solid story. i use a freud 8’ stack and my dadoes look more like the oshlun dado than the dewalt dado. if i ever upgrade, i’ll look at that dewalt.

somewhat off topic, i wonder what led the OP to the 21833 rather than the 4512, as they are pretty much the same saws operationally. the 21833 has a one year warranty while the 4512 has a 90 satisfaction guaranty, a 3 year new tool warranty and is eligible for registration with ridgid’s LSA (free parts and labor on repairs for life). not being critical, just curious.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#9 posted 06-13-2013 02:36 AM

Thanks knottscott that was very informative. Picture tells the story well. I was hoping you’d chime in, you seem to be the table saw guy.

Steve I’ll be checking out ebay definitely.

Toolie, I picked the craftsman because it was labor day and there was 100 dollars off the original price along with a manufacture coupon for more. The service on the Rigid is great if you want to bring it back to the store (I may be wrong about that), but the Craftsman warranty if something happens they come directly to the house and fix the problem or replace the saw. Plus in my mind I was kind of dead set on the craftsman from the beginning. I know they are essentially the same saw, but for some reason I liked it better. Plus the home depot did not have a saw in stock, Sears did, and at that point I needed one. I don’t know maybe I like silver and red as opposed to orange and silver. Oh well, I’m happy nonetheless. Thank you for the info

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#10 posted 06-13-2013 03:47 AM

I have the oshlun and have been quite happy with it, but I know that in the past i’ve used the freud and it was very nice as well

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#11 posted 06-13-2013 03:59 AM

Congrats on the saw, I have had mine over 3 years and happy with it. Unless you need an 8 inch buy a 6 inch dado. And if you will be cutting mainly 1/4 or 3/8 box joints and/or groves you may want to get a Freud Box Joint Cutter, I have one and it cuts clean and flat bottoms constantly

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 06-13-2013 07:47 AM

lifetime repair by ridgid is a bum steer. I have the 18volt cordless and twice I needed new batteries it took 8 weeks to get them in. in the mean time I had to turn in the whole set up for them to order the batteries. same with the planer for new blades. Turnaround takes for ever!

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#13 posted 06-13-2013 12:16 PM

the unfortunate part of ridgid’s LSA is that it’s administered by independent repair shops. crummy local shop = crummy service. the shops i’ve used locally have been excellent, so i’m quite satisfied. perhaps that’s the reason that HDs with proper tool rental departments are now taking in ridgid tools as a “go between” to facilitate repairs for owners.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#14 posted 06-13-2013 06:49 PM

there is a frued box joint set on ebay for like 25.00 brand new

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#15 posted 06-13-2013 11:14 PM

I took knotscott’s advice some time ago and purchased the DW/Delta 7670 for my rigid 4512 and his pic is pretty much right on…comes in a really nice case also…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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