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80 days ago

Irwin’s Marple blades get excellent marks pretty much across the board, and their reasonable prices make them an excellent value. I recently noticed they also offer an 8” dado at a very nice price, but I couldn’t find any reviews on it. Was wondering if it was as good as the other blades in their line up, does anyone own or have experience with this one?

Thanks,
Russ

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#1 posted 80 days ago

I’ve seen them but they were almost the same price as Freud.

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#2 posted 80 days ago

Rick – They are priced comparable to the Freud SD208, which is a very good dado set, just wondered if the Irwin might be better.

-- "South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum" - James L. Petigru, 1860

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#3 posted 80 days ago

Wish I could offer some hands-on insights, but I haven’t tried the Marples dado set yet. I will say that it’s a very similar design as the Freud SD208, so I’d expect very similar results if the design is as well executed. With that said, the only dado set I’ve tried near this price range that I thought was clearly better than the Freud is the DeWalt/Delta 7670 dado set. The 7670’s design in similar to the Forrest, and has twice as many teeth as the Freud. I doubt it’s as good as the Forrest, but it gives a taste of the better sets for not much more money than the better entry level sets. It also has a really nice carrying case and better shim stock. Grizzly has it for $110 plus s/h, which is a little bit extra money that’s well spent IMHO.

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#4 posted 80 days ago

i have the irwins marple dado set, and with my limited experience , ( only dado blade set ive ever owned ) it works perfectly, it comes with tons of shims, and all the measurements work out flawlessly. i paid $100 for it at lowes.

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#5 posted 80 days ago

Knotscot – I am aware of the Dewalt 7670, but I’m no longer purchasing tools made in China do to a number of “philosophical differences”. I’ve found I can usually get better quality for the same money, but will gladly pay more if that’s what it takes. I’m considering numerous options in numerous price ranges, all the way up to the Infinity Dadonator, was just wondering if this Irwin was a bargain priced sleeper.

-- "South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum" - James L. Petigru, 1860

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#6 posted 80 days ago

Kirbi69 – have you tried it with cabinet grade plywood, how was the tear out?

-- "South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum" - James L. Petigru, 1860

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#7 posted 80 days ago

”...I’m no longer purchasing tools made in China…”

I applaud your stance, and wished more folks would join you when there are viable options. The Dadonator is the cat’s pajamas.

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#8 posted 80 days ago

I looked at one, they have reduced the number of chippers in the set (in the one I saw a year ago or so). In this set, the chippers had 1/4” wide teeth, and if you wanted the wider dado’s, you put 1/8” thick shims between the chippers. The wider teeth then would span that gap providing a complete cut. I can’t even come up with a reason why this wouldn’t work, and probably very well….but it sure seemed like a cheapening process to me. That would be OK, if it made the set cost less than comparable…but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#9 posted 80 days ago

Hey Ras I have used that set for a little less than a year now. I have no complaints. It doesn’t leave any “hills’ in the dado itself. I have used it on oak ply and birch ply (from the box stores, not the really good ones) and it does a very good job. Hardwoods are great. The set is easy to dial in for precise measurements. And it does leave the rounded ends I have sometimes seen on other dado sets. So if it does good in the thin veneer of what the box store has I imagine the thicker veneer in the better plywoods it will be great. I have never used it over 3/4 inch so I couldn’t tell you about higher than that. I have only been woodworking for about 2 years now, so maybe somebody with more experience would have better thoughts. Hope this helps a little

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#10 posted 80 days ago

Kaleb – Thanks for the feedback. As previously said, it looks very similar to the Freud SD 208, where is your set manufactured, I wonder if they come from the same factory?

-- "South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum" - James L. Petigru, 1860

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#11 posted 80 days ago

”...In this set, the chippers had 1/4” wide teeth, and if you wanted the wider dado’s, you put 1/8” thick shims between the chippers. The wider teeth then would span that gap providing a complete cut. I can’t even come up with a reason why this wouldn’t work, and probably very well….but it sure seemed like a cheapening process to me… ”

I can’t say for sure how well it’ll work, but it seems that 1/4” wide teeth on a plate the same width as standard chippers with 1/8” wide teeth would have less support behind them and more overhang. My guess is that there’d be more stress on the edges of the carbide, and more tendency for the tips to break at the edges.

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#12 posted 80 days ago

I’ll have to check when I get off of work today. I’ll let you know then

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ras61

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#13 posted 80 days ago

Kaleb – I just checked online, and both the Freud SD208 and Irwin Marples are made in Italy. It’s probably a pretty safe bet they came out of the same factory and are identical.

-- "South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum" - James L. Petigru, 1860

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Fred Hargis

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#14 posted 80 days ago

It could also be made by CMT, they are still manufacturing some of their stuff in Italy.

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