I am trying to decide which dado set to buy................could someone
give any suggestions on dados? This is mostly for fine work like joints etc.
I am looking at Dimar's 46 tooth set. Regards. -Guy
You generally get what you pay for. My older Amana set, while pricey, will
cut a lot of clean, crisp edged dadoes before sharpening, while some of the
cheaper sets cut good out of the box, but soon lose their crispness,
particularly on laminates.
I bought a Ridge Carbide dado set at a woodworking show about two months ago,
after seeing it demonstrated and comparing the cut to the Forrest Dado King.
Both make *very* smooth-bottomed dados with negligible tear-out of the edges,
better than any other dado set I'd ever seen. The differences that caused me
to buy the Ridge set instead of the Forrest are:
- although the Forrest leaves only a very tiny "wing" in the corner of the
dado, the Ridge leaves a nearly invisible faint _hint_ of a wing.
- the Ridge set is almost a hundred dollars (US) cheaper.
Slightly better cut at sixty percent of the price is a no-brainer.
The only complaint I have about the Ridge set is that it's hard to get on and
off of my table saw arbor: the OD of the arbor is 0.625", and the IDs of the
borings in the dado cutters must be about 0.6250000001". Seriously, they both
measure dead-on 0.625" on my dial caliper, and it's a *really* tight fit. By
contrast, the ID of the boring in my Forrest WWII blade measures about
0.6255", and the extra half a thousandth makes all the difference in the world
in the ease of getting it on and off. Light polishing of the inside of the
Ridge cutters with 800-grit sandpaper has helped quite a bit.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss
I noticed some sets like the Forrest King has 24 tooth outside blades while
Dimar has 24 and 46 available. Is there any particular reason a person would
buy a 24 tooth instead of a 46 tooth on an 8" stacked dado set? Wouldn't a
46 tooth naturally make a better cut than a 24 tooth? Or is there other
reasons why I should buy a set with 24 tooth outside blades? Regards. -Guy
I got this blade for use with melamine and am very happy. Works well
for all around use too and is a good price. I haven't used anything
better at any price. However the tooth geometry is designed for fine
cut of veneers without chipping so if I were just plowing miles of
dadoes in plain wood i would choose a different one.
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