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Forum topic by ellen35 posted 06-02-2009 07:33 PM 1834 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-02-2009 07:33 PM

I have been looking at dado sets this week. I actually ordered the Grizzley H777 set for $50. I’m not sure what’s going on with Griz but they have an incredible back order list including this set – not in till July 13. I was wondering what other LJs recommend for “inexpensive” carbide tipped dado sets. I looked at a Northwoods for $80 with brass shims. I’d like to stay under $100 for this including shipping. This is not something that I will use on a daily basis so I don’t want to spend all my $$ on this…any advice would be appreciated!

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#1 posted 06-02-2009 07:41 PM

Hey ellen
I thing a lot of companies are waiting for orders to come in before the order from their manufacturers.
To be honest most dado sets under $100 are not that good at least the ones I’ve had or my students have purchased . If you can you might stretch your budget a little for this Item because the lowest priced one I would recommend is Freud I think they are around the $149 range .

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#2 posted 06-02-2009 07:45 PM

Thanks Jim.
I have seen the Freud for around $100. I think they make several and that one is their low priced model.
I looked at the Grizzley b/c of the review on LJ.

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#3 posted 06-02-2009 07:49 PM

I just looked also and was surprised that they were less than I thought. You might check out reviews on Finewoodworking .com also.

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#4 posted 06-02-2009 08:17 PM

Ellen, I have a Delta set which is ok – definitely good enough for my needs. as with most things in my shop – those were from craigslist – keep on eye on that one. also check out amazon and eBay. for the delta 8” set. I’ve also seen good reviews on the Dewalt 8” set. I believe those are all in the <~$100 range.

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#5 posted 06-02-2009 08:49 PM

You can find the freud set for ~85 on amazon. From the reviews I have read on here and else where I don’t think you can beat it. I have been looking into this set for a while. Just haven’t purchased yet.

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#6 posted 06-02-2009 10:04 PM

I have the SD208 Freud dado set and a extra 3/32 chipper which which is great for my shop. The 3/32 chipper allows for cutting dados for under size plywood. If I were to replace it I’d go for the SD500 series for a smoother and faster cut (the difference being 4 tooth chippers vs 2 with the 200 series). I also have a HF set for rough carpentry (approx $25) which gives a very uneven cut on the bottoms. I find that taking a skim cut on veneered plywood cause less blow out. Please do a follow up on your Grizzly dado set; for the price looks like a deal. Good luck.

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#7 posted 06-02-2009 10:19 PM

I’ve had four good sets that include the Freud SD208 ($90), DeWalt DW7670 ($100), Systimatic S42 Superfine ($300), and now have the Infinity Dadonator ($200). Because the cheaper SD208 Freud set only has 12T cutters and 2T chippers, you can get better performance in this price range if you know where to look. In the $100 range, the 24T/4T DeWalt 7670 (also available as the Delta 35-7670, and DeWalt H7200….all the same set) is very tough to beat…you get a taste of the premium performance for closer to a bargain price…Grizzly has had it on sale for ~ $90 plus s/h. Oshlun has a set that has a similar design to the $50 Grizzly set you ordered but uses better C4 carbide…(that design is actually a copy of the Systimatic 42T Superfine set). Holbren sells it for ~ $80 shipped with “woodnet10” or “SMC10” discount codes….I haven’t tried that one but am hearing positive reports about it. If your budget allows, I’d grab the DW7670 set.

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#8 posted 06-02-2009 10:30 PM

I still have this Freud 208 I used two, three times before leaving my shop…’s in excellent-like new condition, I’m asking $60 for it, shipping included.

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#9 posted 06-02-2009 10:37 PM

I agree with jim add a litlle more cash and buy a better set you will live to be happy with that decision. we are really not allowed dado blades here in Europe and the table saws are designed not to accept them ( our spindles are deliberately manufactured too short oops LOL did I say that? ) anyway best of luck Alistair

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#10 posted 06-02-2009 11:09 PM

Ellen, I would consider Moai’s offer. The Freud is a good set for the money. It uaually sells for about $100
Good luck


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