Dadonator versus Forrest versus Freud -- comparisons


I'm in the market for a new dado blade? Anyone know the tradeoffs between these? I read glowing reviews of the Infinity Tools' Dadonator. Forrest has the reputation (and cost about $100 more). I'm replacing a Freud, which I ruined accidentally by sliding my mitre across several of the blades.....
TIA.
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I bet that was a bit of a wake up call.
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If you think you may do that again get the cheapest set. If you think you may do better the Forrest may not appear to do a much better job but I would be willing to say that it will do a better job after several hours of cutting. The Forrest blades tend to stay sharp a lot longer. I have the Dado King and it works great.
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Hi NEM,
About 9 months ago I bought the Freud SD508 set. I was very impressed at how much better it was than the Sears "Excalibur" blade that had served well for 8 years. The Freud is very good.
About 6 weeks ago, I bit the bullet and bought the Forrest WWII. I am amazed at how much better this blade is than any other blade I have ever owned. Today I was "crosscutting" 3/4 oak ply with this blade. I swear that it does just as well as the Freud laminate blade that I paid $80 for. Plus, it will glue-rip 8/4 oak without a problem.
What I am getting around to saying is that if I had to buy another dado set now, with what I have experienced with Forrest blades, I would spring for the extra $ and get that Forrest SD.
These blades are way beyond what most of us think of as "good". I am retired, but a woodworking hobbyist for about 20 years, so I have gone through quite a few blades.
If you can swing the $, get the Forrest. I will never buy another brand of blade - period.
Don't know nothin' about the Dadonator.
Lou
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Like the others, I once bought a forrest WWII. I now have two of them, a hi a/t plywood blade and an 8" dado king. I still keep a non-forrest blade around in case I need to rip a 2X4 or something, but as the others have said, buy one forrest and you won't want anything else. Unfortunately, aside from being very happy with my dado king, I do not have any experience with the others.
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I've used Infinity router bits and they are top quality. If their blades are too, it would be a no brainer. they offer a money back guarantee so there is no risk. Forrest does make good stuff, but for the $100 difference, I'd go with Dadonator.
I have a Ridge Carbide dado, but I'd still consider the Infinity if I was buying today.
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Hey! I did that once! :)
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I saw a review, comparison, recently. Cant remember exactly where it was. Fine Woodworking IIRC. I have not yet bought a dado bblade but one is on my short list. There was one in the list that did not use shims, cut a flat bottom and was rated highly IIRC. I am going to look into that further when I am ready to buy. I have a forrest WWI that I am very happy with.

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