I used my Freud 208, 8" stacked dado to make a tongue on the end of
some boards to fit in a groove for some dust panels I am making in my
dresser. I found that it blew out the wood at the end of pass to make
When I contacted Freud, they pointed out that their dados use a
negative hook (which he indicated is why my 208 blew out the back of a
board when making the dado without a sacrificial backer board). He
pointed out that a positive hook (Forrest has positive hook) tends not
do do that.
Has anyone used the higher end (44566) Harbor Freight blade? It
appears to have a positive hook. I have seen a couple of very
positive responses about it in a few messages on the newsgroups. Is
there anyone else that has bought this blade and can expound on it?
Here is a URL to that blade.
It is not stocked in their retail stores, so I can't just go and look
at it. I am about to chance the $50 and get one if I can't get more
feedback from other people.
I bought one on sale for $20 last year. I've used it for several
months with no problems. I've used it mostly on pine 2x4s. I used it
today on some particle board cutting dadoes for a drill press table.
It cuts nice sharp, flat dados. I've got no complaints with it. I've
used for some shelves, washer and dried pads (keep 'em off the
basement floor), and a toychest as well some other odds and ends.
Bear in mind I'm strictly an amateur newbie at this stuff so take my
advice with a grain of sawdust.
On 4 Apr 2004 08:50:06 -0700, email@example.com (Eric Anderson)
I think the problem with the HF dados is quality control. If you have the
time to do it, buy about 10 of them and find one that cuts flat and you'll
be ok. Return the rest. Or mix and match till you get a flat bottom.
OTOH, there is a nice Freud at Lowess for around $80.
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