I've noticed whener anyone talks about dado's round here they refer to the
stacking type. My only experience with a dado blade is one of the
adjustable wobble sort that my father has. Seems to work well enough to
me... and it's significantly less expensive. I was wondering if anybody
could tell me why I would want to go with a stacking blade? Keeping in mind
I'm working on a slim budget and won't be using it all that frequently.
Hey Chris, listen to Larry on this. I've got that HF Dado set and they are
regularly on for $20. They work better than either of the Sears sets that
were given to me as gifts, and have compared cuts to a sample of the Freud
set ($150), and they seem to stack up pretty well.
The set (8 inch) comes with various brass shims so you can set your
in quite fine increments (great for plywood to plywood dados). I did
that messing with how each blade is rotated with respect to each other
a small effect on the smoothness of the dado bottom. Probably a very
off center hole or tooth grinding issue.
Repeating a given width is pretty lucky. I bought the HF because I thought
it would be quicker to adjust, than taking off the nut and messing with
shims to get exact cuts with my $50 stack set. It ain't.
On Wed, 13 Aug 2003 21:41:24 +0000, SamsDad wrote:
I was talking about the HF $20 stack dado set, not the wobble set. For my
needs, it's the best bang for the buck. I've used it on melamine with no
chipping, and the bottom of the dado cut is smooth emough for me.
Up until last week I had an old Craftsman wobble type. It did cut a
dado but it looked really bad. I never knew the difference really.
When I put the blade on last week my saw started vibrating like crazy.
For some reason the blade wasn't cutting a flat bottom but rather a
series of "steps" in the dado. I couldn't figure out what was wrong
so I bought a Freud at the BORG for $95.00. It's a stacked set and
makes a world of difference. It's very smooth when the saw runs -
little to no vibration. It cuts a super flat dado and the sides are
clean as can be. As other people have said here, you can get an exact
width a lot easier too. You still have to take the nut off of the
arbor to adjust it (just like the wobble blade) but at least you can
write down the combination of chippers & shims you used to duplicate
the same width.
Get a stacked set if you can afford it. Lowes also had another
stacked set that was $50. I don't recall the manufacturer but you
might find out and see if anyone has reviewed it.
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