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#1 posted 11-29-2016 06:03 PM

I use dado sets often, and I think the fundamental action of cutting grooves with a tablesaw is better than with a router. A spinning router bit can make a straight cut , but it wants to veer off course given a chance. The dado head spins in-line with the groove, and makes really consistent cuts.

For plywood joinery, the inexpensive sets are fine. I used a Diablo set for years, and it cut perfectly in finish plywood. I’ve had it sharpened and it keeps on going. For hardwood joinery like cutting tenons, I prefer a set with more teeth. If you get a set with 24 teeth outer blades, and 4 teeth on the chippers you will notice less tearout with hardwood joinery. I use an Infinity set for that type of work.

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