Couple years ago it was rated very good in one of the ww'ing mags when they
tested several different ones. If I remember correctly, it was rright up
near the top, if not *the* top comparing price/performance.
The law of intelligent tinkering: save all the parts.
Its a good buy for the asking price.
I have one. Cuts nice clean dado's.
There are better freud models (SD608 for example) but they also cost a lot
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I agree that the SD608 is a great dado blade. My experience has been
all positive. My only issue with the set is that it took me a while to
figure out the sequence of stacking the plastic separators between
blades in the carrying case. One of the shims is oversize and that one
is for keeping the two outside blades apart. There is no shim necessary
underneath the lowest one of these two as the case itself lifts it clear
of the underlying chipper. Once I figured that out life was grand.
About the only other advice I have to offer is that unless you plan on
using this set infrequently, go for the upgrade. I am seldom sorry I
spent a little more on a better tool. What is the old proverb? The
bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of a good
price is gone ...
I like mine, very little vibration, must be
balanced well. The bottom of the dado could be
flatter, but it'll do. $94 at Lowes, 78 on
line, no tax or shipping, just can't remember
where, been 6 mo. or more.
FJ Shepley & JM Pfohl wrote:
I have a buddy who uses this blade and really likes it. He tells me it
creates very smooth-bottomed and square dados. I guess the only downside
with the two toothed chippers would be a reduced feed rate capability. But
this shouldn't hinder a casual user.
I have one and it works well. The only problem that I have had with it was
when cutting some birch plywood. I couldn't stop the back side from flaking
off the last layer of birch veneer, even when using a backer board. Might
have been the plywood too because it seemed like it was very dry. I didn't
have a moisture meter, but it was very brittle.
Other than that I have cut dadoes in mahogany, pine, red oak, and a couple
of other types of wood and all of the dadoes have been clean and almost
flat bottomed. I would prefer to have the SD608, and I will get one
someday, but until then this is a good blade.
One other poster mentioned the two blade chippers should require a slower
feed rate, and I guess that is true, but I have not had another blade to
compare with. Makes sense though. But a little patience will yield good
cuts with the SD208.
You didn't give us much about you, or your setup. to go on, Frank.
I bought this set when I needed a dado set to run in my Shopsmith. I still
use it in the Unisaw I bought to replace the really flaky operation of the
Shopsmith table saw function. I haven't felt the need to upgrade to a
fancier set. My neighbor has a SD508, which he would loan me in a
heartbeat, if I thought I needed it. (Yes. That's a neighbor gloat. Good
man to have around!)
How often do you want to use it? What saw do you have? What materials do
you want to build with? What's your 'tools & stuff open to buy balance'?
It's a solid, basic stacked set, with lots of versatility and value,
available almost everywhere. There are better, and you might want better.
I just bought a new Craftsman ts. I am looking for a good dado, but the
most expensive. It probably will not get all that much use. Since I bought
the table saw, I am now broke!
patriarch email@example.comDOTnet> <<patriarch> wrote in message
On Tue, 6 Jul 2004 21:51:57 -0400, FJ Shepley & JM Pfohl
Look at 6" models. Sometimes the price differential is such that you
can afford a better 6" than you can of an 8".
I've yet to need anything larger than a 6" dado, which means I'll have
an immediate need for one this afternoon.
I've got a "wobbler" from sears, (one my dad bought 20 years ago). It
still works fine, and is infinitely adjustable. It cuts grooves well,
and I've never been bothered by the theoretical "rounding" in the cut.
Local, to me, cabinet shop has one on a Unisaw as a mostly dedicated dado
saw and ended up replacing the arbor and the bearings. Don't know how old
the saw was, but he had the original sliding table attachment on it, could
split a sheet of plywood into 2 4' x4' pieces.
The SD208 has performed superbly for me. Built our kitchen cabinets,
island and pantry using this dado set.
Currently building garage storage cabinets - and the dado set is still
Go for it, you won't be disappointed.
Try the SD308 if you can find one in your area. It won't be at the
box stores. It is better than the negative hook Freud blades (SD608,
508, 208) seen in all these posts for hard wood applications.
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