When I was at the Springfield show, the owner of Ridge Carbide Tools was
hakinghis wares. They offered the 6" and 8" at the same price that day. I
asked about what to buy. He said that any 1 1/2 hp contractor saw can
handle the 8". The 6" were mostly for smaller benchtop saws. He was, in
fact, doing demos with the 8" on a contractor saw.
FWIW, the Ridge dado sems to be a very nice set. I've not had time to do
much with it yet as the shop is too cold when the outdoor temps are single
adjustments didn't randomly 'self-adjust'. But there was enough
power to cut reasonable depth and width dados & rabbets.
(A Unisaw changed my woodworking life. And the Shopsmith is now in my
son's garage. We're both happier.)
If you want to cut 1.5" deep, 3/4" wide dados in 12/4 white oak, in a
single pass, you may be disappointed. If you select your battles, a well-
tuned contractor's saw should be just fine with a reasonable quality
stacked set. Keep it cleaned up and sharp.
And enjoy the process!
I have the Delta 36-650, and the freud 8" dado set. This past summer, I
made some tongue and groove floorboards for my porch (7'x25') with this
combination. Granted, this was only 1/4" tongues and grooves, but it did
them just fine. I have some upcoming projects that will use 3/4" dado
blade, but note anywhere as "intense" as the floorboards.
I own the 36-650 and use a Frued dado set. Works just fine.
Delta recommends an 8 inch set. The limitation is on the width
of the dado (or length of arbor). But it can handle 3/4 just fine
an that is all one should need.
Joey in Chesapeake
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