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Blog entry by Alvarez posted 01-25-2010 05:46 PM 1756 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I need someone’s expertise, I have a 10” Delta Table Saw, not a full size table saw, I have a dado set that makes the saw just shake and makes it difficult to cut accurate dados, is there a particular dado set made for the smaller table saws?

-- Alvarez

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David Craig

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 06:15 PM

What size/brand of dado set do you currently use on the saw? Does it shake no matter how many pieces are on the set? Or only when 3/4 or more is on the arbor?

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 06:43 PM

Greetings Alvarez:..... What size set are you using now? 8”.... 6”...? If an 8”, it might be more than your saw can handle. You may have to drop down to a 6” set, but that might not be it either. Also.. your saw may be too light, and not enough weight to keep it from shaking… hard to say. Also… you may need a balance shim. A lot of variables. Does it do it with a regular 10” blade? You didn’t say that, so I take it it’s just the dado set.

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#3 posted 01-25-2010 08:27 PM

Does it look something like this?

Does it look something like this?

If it does then your saw is operating properly. That is a wobble style dado cutter and they wobble as they spin. Get your self a stacked set dado cutter

 sracked set
and some of these shims to fine tune the width.

These dado blades tend to be a bit pricey but get the best you can afford a six inch set would work since seldom is a dado deeper than 3/8 in. . .. ... at least for me I prefer the stacked set over the adjustable but once again that is just me.

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#4 posted 01-26-2010 01:07 AM

Check your owners manual too, to make sure you’re using the max allowed size of dado blades. If your saw is only 1HP, you probably shouldn’t be using an 8” dado set. Mine is 3HP and says in the manual an 8” is OK. I bought the Oshlun 8” stacked set, but I haven’t had a chance to use it yet. When I do, I’ll review it for sure, but it has great reviews on Amazon.

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#5 posted 01-28-2010 03:06 AM

Alot of good comments…. I use a Forrest 8” set… they are expensive but they are 10 years old and still cutting perfect. There are reviews out there on others search “stacked dado blades”.... I bet the one you have is a wobbler… they are scary in my opinion unless you have a big saw. If you just turn it on and its rocking then maybe you can weigh down the table to mitigate that? If its an open frame type of table maybe put a piece of plywood between the stretchers and add sand bags to make it more stable? I started out with an old Ryobi TS when I got married and found the same issue your seeing.. I went to the local granite top guys and asked them for scraps and stacked like 12 of them laying across and under the table and that fixed alot of the wobble…


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#6 posted 01-28-2010 06:25 PM

Thank you all for the comments, all of them are helpful, I believe I will have to upgrade my table saw, but thanks again for all the tips!!!!!!!

-- Alvarez

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