Forgive me if this post has already appeared but if so, I missed it or
possibly didn't post correctly. Will watch closer this time.
My question is, what diameter dado blade should I purchase 6" or 8" and why.
My saw is a Delta contractor.
All advise appreciated
A smaller blade will require less horsepower to cut with (cutting speed is
slower) so it might be more appropriate for a saw with less power. I think
that if you are cutting wide and deep dadoes with your saw, and your motor
is 1 1/2 HP or less that you should consider the 6".
While this certainly makes sense from a physics point of view, my 1.5 HP
saw has no trouble spinning a 3/4" wide dado into oak with an 8" stackable
on it. Granted I'm not going deep, but something tells me it could if I
Hi Tom. In addition to the depth and power answers, also consider rim
speed. The 8" set will be travelling at about 82mph while the 6" size
runs at about 62mph - at 3450rpm. That's akin to dialing down a router
from 22,000rpm to 16,500rpm. Many (as in most) woods will produce a
cleaner cut at the higher speed.
I bought a Freud 8" 24 tooth/4 tooth chipper set (the SuperDado, I
believe it's called), years ago back when I had a Jet 1.5hp contractors
style saw and never ran into any problems with it bogging down on normal
depth dados in hardwoods or half-laps in 2x materials.
I don't know if the 6" would have performed just as well, but I've had
no problems with the 8" set - and it's always nice to have that extra
depth should the need ever arise - tho it hasn't arisen for me yet.
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I've had exactly the same experience with my 8" super-dado set. However,
I have liked the extra reach the 8" offers when I use my crosscut sled.
I'm running mine on a 1.5 hp grizzly contractors saw.
I think you could be happy with either - perhaps let cost factor into your
decision. I ran a 6" in a benchtop and now run an 8" in my contractor saw.
The 8" can cut deeper, but it's a capability I've not needed yet.
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