Back when I was just starting to make firewood, I purchased a HF wobble
dado, not knowing any better. To make matters worse, I was using my dad's
Atlas-Power King 7" 1/2 HP (Sears: 6 HP) and it only had a 1/2" arbor - I
didn't know any difference... I didn't want to use arbor adapters cause
it just didn't feel safe, and so the blade went up on a shelf.
Today, I needed to cut some dados and usually use the router for that, but
remembered a couple of things: 1) New Saw! and 2) Old/New dado blade.
I knew that the dadoes might not be first rate and would have a coved
bottom, but for a face framed shop cabinet, I figured it was worth a try.
Well surpriiiiise, surpriiiiise! There was some fuzzing along the cut edge,
but no tearout of baltic birch ply, and I was able in just a couple of
minutes to "dial in" the width of the cut perfectly. The fuzz cleaned up
with a pass o' the sanding block and I was good to go. I had the carcass
parts cut, dadoed, fitted, glued and clamped in well under an hour. It might
have taken me that long just to find the fence for my router...
I would use this blade where the dado would be fully concealed, such as a
face frame, because of the curved bottom. I don't know if it is up to doing
a good job in solid wood or a "mission critical" cut, but for a handy "shop
use" doo-dad I give it 4 stars. Especially since I 've been drooling over
the Freud "dial a width" flat bottom dado with BINFORD technology at what,
It's agreed that most of what HF sells is junk, but there are some gems. I
think this is one of them. I paid 20 bucks for it quite a while ago and a
quick check of their website still has it at that price. Whoo -hooooo!
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