Your saw can handle an 8" but you probably only need a 6".
I bought an 8" but never cut a dado deeper than about a half an inch.
Go for the 6" and save some money unless you see the need to cut a really
Go for the 8". I use a crosscut sled that has a 5/8" bottom and a 6"
wouldn't cut high enough for some of the notching applications I've done.
You can always lower an 8" blade but you can't stretch a 6" up!
A good dado blade is expensive no matter how you look at it. If you want
good results, buy a good dado. I have had experience with stackable dado's
ranging from a craftsman, forrest, and the freud. Stay away from the
craftsman. The forrest is very nice and cuts perfect dados but uses shims
for adjustment. I own the freud SD 608 (dial a depth) and it cuts perfect
dados. With that being said, your saw will handle both a 6" and an 8". If
it were me, I would spend the extra dough and buy the 8". Have fun dadoing!
You can get an 8" Freud for about $70.00, if you shop around and the 6" is
not going to be that much less. This is a perfect of the Brit phrase of
"penny wise and pound foolish." If it were me, I would go for the 8" and
its benefits, over the smaller 6".
Just another thought for someone to chew on: The contractor saw will
obviously fit an 8" blade and the cost isn't much greater over a 6" blade so
the choice would seem obvious, but... Is there a power issue? Maybe there
isn't an issue with the power needs of an 8" dado blade compared to a 6"
one, but maybe there is. Should Ken be concerned about whether his
contractor's saw has enough power for an 8" dado blade? For a given dado
depth and width, an 8" blade will take a bigger bite than a 6" blade which
will then tax the motor more.
Larry C in Auburn, WA
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