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realcowtown_eric

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#1 posted 07-04-2013 07:00 AM

8” dado is the more rational decision, even for a 10” table saw. Cost to resharpe and replace a few teeth in my 10” set was more than a new 8” set. No brainer.

I can’t believe you have gone 40 years without one, but then there’s no underestimating the ingenuity of folks!

Wobble blades are available at GS’s for a dime a dozen, but would make a mess of any finishing materials Avoid them like the plague unless you are ripping dados in 2by for fencing or other coarse applications. .

24 or 40 tooth—- I’d opt for the 40 count, as that will give yu the best dado in higher quality materials and only costs a few dollars more.

Most of the dado sets have negative rake teeth, so they have a tendency to “lift ” the work, if you don’t know this, you will set yer saw for a a particular depth of cut, cut all yer pieces, and perhaps only later find out that the dado you cut is not consistent. Slow feed is imperative. . I use a cheap digital caliper to ensure that my dados are consistent. And of course if yer fence isn’t precisely parallel to yer blade, tear out is gonnna be a problem. but that’s a known ain’t it?

Just my thoughts. No brand names mentioned.

Eric.

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