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#1 posted 05-31-2012 12:49 AM

The 113.zzzzzz series of Craftsman contractor saws retract the blade to a point even with the table top. Your idea to use a dado blade is a good way to go. It doesn’t matter if the starter hole you make is a bit wider than the saw blade. The “non tear out” advantage of the ZCI takes place at the front of the blade, not the middle. I clamp a board front and back…can’t be too careful.

My Grizzly 1023SL does not lower enough to start a cut in an insert and IIRC, Unisaws don’t either.

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