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Forum topic by Randy_ATX posted 02-06-2014 07:48 PM 1634 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2014 07:48 PM

Just got this email and I am wondering if this set is better than the $99 Diablo stack I always see at Home Depot.
Does anyone have experience on which one is a better value? Thanks.

EDIT: in case it is hard to see, it is on sale for $89 and is model G2795.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#1 posted 02-06-2014 09:52 PM

I’m guessing but it’s very doubtful that the Oldham is anywhere near as good as the Freud set. Most of the current Oldham stuff is pretty mediocre. The basic Freud set is pretty much universally well thought of for a starter set. The Oshlun sets would be another good choice in that same price range. The Delta/DeWalt 7670 set would be better yet in the $100-$120 range.

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#2 posted 02-06-2014 10:18 PM

Well Diablo works for me.

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#3 posted 02-06-2014 11:23 PM

I also got an email from Woodpeckers pushing the “Ridge Carbide Dado Master”

It was on sale for something like $130 a few weeks ago, but now up to over $200.

I have a Freud stack that has been working well, but the Dado Master has more teeth on the inner parts of the stack. I wonder if any of you folks have that item?

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#4 posted 02-07-2014 03:14 AM

I have had the freud stack and It’s been fine. I don’t pull it often though.

It does not leave a flat bottom and that is a major reason for not buying another one when the need arises.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 02-07-2014 03:43 AM

I have the Diablo, and cannot imagine there is a better set for the money. I have used mine for years, through dozens of big projects without so much as a sharpening. It still cuts clean crisp shoulders.
People say that dados don’t cut flat bottoms, and that is because the outer cutters have blades that extend slightly beyond the reach of the chipper blades. This is to produce clean shoulders, and avoid chipout.

In reality, the first 3/4” of your tenons will be perfectly smooth and flat. As with most dado sets, you will see a little line or two on tenons longer than 3/4”. This does not affect the performance of the joint, and really doesn’t matter at all unless you are cutting through tenons. Usually my through tenons are chamfered and extend only 3/8” past the mortise, so for me it is a non-isssue.

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#6 posted 02-07-2014 03:50 AM

The Freud Diablo works great for me. One thing to think about is how powerful your saw is. If you have anything than a full cabinet saw, you might notice a power drop with a 10” stack. 8” works great for contractor saws unless you’re severely underpowered.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#7 posted 02-07-2014 03:51 AM

Thanks for the info everyone. I’m leaning toward the Diablo, especially with this feedback. It will be my first dado set.

MrFid – I have a 4512.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#8 posted 02-07-2014 04:18 AM

At one time Oldham made quality blades, The best mid priced combo blade I’ve ever used was the Oldham Woodworking Wizard. Glassy smooth rips and crosscuts like you’d expect from a high end blade. That was then and this is now. Oldham must have changed hands because now they are at the Vermont American level. Sad business. In the price range you are considering I’d recommend the Oshlun dado set it’s a real jewel for the money. So sharp I cut myself twice getting it out of the box. Scary sharp, the 42 tooth outer plates leave no chip out and the 6 wing chippers are a feature usually found on premium sets. It leaves flat bottoms and no bat ears on the outer walls. Great value and performance. I have owned the Freud 8” set before they stamped Diablo on the side of it and prefer the Oshlun. I just checked and Sears carries the 8” set for 89.99. I hate to sound like a commercial but I really like this dado set.

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#9 posted 02-08-2014 04:28 AM

mantwi – what model oshlun is that that you are talking about?

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#10 posted 02-08-2014 06:25 AM

I have the Delta 7670…No other experience with others but it does produce flat bottoms,has a nice array of shims all in a nice case…My R4512 spins it nicely…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#11 posted 02-12-2014 01:53 PM

I have the Oshlun SDS-0842 8” dado set. Look it up on Amazon and check out the reviews.

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