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Which Dado Stacks do You Use?

by IantheTinker
posted 01-21-2018 12:44 AM


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TheFridge

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#1 posted 01-21-2018 12:52 AM

Freud 8”. Meh. It’s a dado stack.

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jonah

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#2 posted 01-21-2018 01:48 AM

Freud Super Dado set. It’s fantastic. I got it used for $85 and spent ~$30 to get it sharpened.

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IantheTinker

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#3 posted 01-21-2018 01:50 AM



Freud 8”. Meh. It’s a dado stack.

- TheFridge

I saw one of those at the store after I bought my Irwin Marples, it was the same price as mine and I briefly wondered if I should return mine and get the Freud because so many folks say Freud is a good company and product. I didn’t feel like goin through the hassle though, and I do like my Irwin Marples.

-- pensivewoodworker.com

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IantheTinker

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#4 posted 01-21-2018 01:52 AM

I do love the used market for tools, all sorts of gems out there, Jonah.

-- pensivewoodworker.com

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#5 posted 01-21-2018 03:18 AM

THe only one I have or have tried is the Dewalt 8” set. I like it a lot. Good clean cuts and very flat bottom. The bat ears are virtually invisible.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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felkadelic

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#6 posted 01-21-2018 03:23 AM

I use an 8” Oshlun stack. At the time, I bought it for $69, but the current price is about $94. At that price I’d probably look elsewhere.

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BlasterStumps

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#7 posted 01-21-2018 03:26 AM

I have a freud 8”. I suppose there are better ones out there but it works for me. I think I bought mine at a big box store.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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TungOil

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#8 posted 01-21-2018 03:27 AM

8” Forrest. Nice but pricey.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#9 posted 01-21-2018 03:35 AM

I am in the 8” Freud camp as well. I got mine after someone returned it having opened the Box but never even mounted it on there saw. I probably would have gone with the oshlun one otherwise, it’s what I learned on and the price was right at the time.

-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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Rayne

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#10 posted 01-21-2018 03:48 AM

I have the Craftsman 8” dado stack. Love it as it has a 3/32” blade for those unsavory undersized plywood.

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#11 posted 01-21-2018 03:51 AM



THe only one I have or have tried is the Dewalt 8” set. I like it a lot. Good clean cuts and very flat bottom. The bat ears are virtually invisible.

Brian

- bbasiaga

I thought about getting the Dewalt stack before I purchased the Irwin, but the price was a little tough to swallow, Lowe’s had it at $123. My shop money is precious to me because I just don’t get a lot of it, lol.

-- pensivewoodworker.com

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IantheTinker

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#12 posted 01-21-2018 03:52 AM



I use an 8” Oshlun stack. At the time, I bought it for $69, but the current price is about $94. At that price I d probably look elsewhere.

- felkadelic

I looked at the Osborn as well and would have gone with it if I hadn’t found the Irwin set in a local store. I would have had to order the Oshlun on Amazon. I needed it for a project, so I didn’t really want to wait.

-- pensivewoodworker.com

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IantheTinker

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#13 posted 01-21-2018 03:54 AM



8” Forrest. Nice but pricey.

- TungOil

I would like to be able to try the pricier blade someday, but that day is probably quite a ways off. I hear great things about Forest blades.

-- pensivewoodworker.com

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#14 posted 01-21-2018 01:16 PM

The best I’ve used is the Infinity Dadonator. The Freud 208 was good, the DeWalt/Delta 7670 was better yet, the Systimatic was really good, but the Dadonator is the cat’s meow. When the DW7670 goes on sale near $100, it’s the best value of the bunch IMO.

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#15 posted 01-21-2018 02:33 PM

Royce and Dimar.
Happy with both.

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IantheTinker

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#16 posted 01-21-2018 07:02 PM



The best I ve used is the Infinity Dadonator. The Freud 208 was good, the DeWalt/Delta 7670 was better yet, the Systimatic was really good, but the Dadonator is the cat s meow. When the DW7670 goes on sale near $100, it s the best value of the bunch IMO.

- knotscott

I have never heard of the Infinity Dadonator, sounds like a name one of my sons would come up with, lol.

-- pensivewoodworker.com

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Rich

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#17 posted 01-21-2018 07:09 PM

The best I ve used is the Infinity Dadonator. The Freud 208 was good, the DeWalt/Delta 7670 was better yet, the Systimatic was really good, but the Dadonator is the cat s meow. When the DW7670 goes on sale near $100, it s the best value of the bunch IMO.

- knotscott

I have never heard of the Infinity Dadonator, sounds like a name one of my sons would come up with, lol.

- IantheTinker

Take a look at it. Its’ a beast. I have an Amana 8” that performs well, but the chippers are just double-ended. The Infinity chippers have six teeth.

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Walker

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#18 posted 01-21-2018 07:25 PM

The 8” oshlun comes in two different styles/price point—30 tooth w/ 5T chippers or 42T w/ 6T chippers. I have the cheaper one and it’s okay for the limited use it gets. The dado bottoms are a little rough, but I probably just need to slow my feed rate.

-- ~Walker

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AlaskaGuy

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#19 posted 01-21-2018 07:33 PM

I have a 12’’ Infinity but not what they now call their Dadonator. I bough mine way back when they call it something. Yes I’m happy with it.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#20 posted 01-21-2018 08:35 PM

I use an 8” from Tenryu. It had ferocious bat ears. Had them ground flat. It does a good job, now.
I shoulda got a 6”, though. I’ll never need to dado that deep.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#21 posted 01-21-2018 10:42 PM

I picked up a CMT set from EBay about a year ago. It does a nice job. No bat ears. Leaves a very smooth bottom and no chipout. Prior to that, I used an old Craftsman adjustable wobble set. It did a surprisingly good job. It could leave some fuzzy edges, but the bottom was surprisingly flat.

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IantheTinker

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#22 posted 01-22-2018 12:16 AM



I picked up a CMT set from EBay about a year ago. It does a nice job. No bat ears. Leaves a very smooth bottom and no chipout. Prior to that, I used an old Craftsman adjustable wobble set. It did a surprisingly good job. It could leave some fuzzy edges, but the bottom was surprisingly flat.

- bilyo

I have always thought the wobble sets seemed interesting, but I have never seen them in action. I have seen some CMT stuff around, but have no experience with the brand.

-- pensivewoodworker.com

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YesHaveSome

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#23 posted 01-22-2018 02:59 AM

8” Dewalt here. Works well but it’s also the only dado stack I’ve ever used so not a whole lot to compare.

-- But where does the meat go?

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Rich

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#24 posted 01-22-2018 05:30 AM

I got sucked into buying one of the wobble blades back in the early ‘80s. It seemed cool, but if you think about it, given the design there is no way to obtain a flat bottom and parallel sides to a dado. If all you’re doing is dadoing in shelves or something, they work fine.

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#25 posted 01-22-2018 07:26 AM



I got sucked into buying one of the wobble blades back in the early 80s. It seemed cool, but if you think about it, given the design there is no way to obtain a flat bottom and parallel sides to a dado. If all you re doing is dadoing in shelves or something, they work fine.

- Rich

Yep, back in the day I build a lot of cabinet with a Craftsman Wobble blade.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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knotscott

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#26 posted 01-22-2018 12:02 PM

The best I ve used is the Infinity Dadonator. The Freud 208 was good, the DeWalt/Delta 7670 was better yet, the Systimatic was really good, but the Dadonator is the cat s meow. When the DW7670 goes on sale near $100, it s the best value of the bunch IMO.

- knotscott

I have never heard of the Infinity Dadonator, sounds like a name one of my sons would come up with, lol.

- IantheTinker

Take a look at it. Its a beast. I have an Amana 8” that performs well, but the chippers are just double-ended. The Infinity chippers have six teeth.

- Rich

Infinity was founded by David Venditto, son of Carlo Venditto, who put Freud USA, CMT USA, and Jesada on the map. Darn near all of their blades that I’ve tried have been best in class IME. Made in Italy.


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Holt

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#27 posted 01-22-2018 12:26 PM

I use the Freud SB208 and the Freud Box Joint set. I have a smaller 6” set that came with my ShopSmith, but I’ve never used it…

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#28 posted 01-22-2018 12:50 PM

I have an Oshram stack. It cuts very well. The dados come out 1/64” under sized so I have to add a .015” shim to get the exact size I’m expecting.

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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IantheTinker

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#29 posted 01-22-2018 01:59 PM

Good machines and tools seem to consistently come out of Italy. At least, better than the tools that come out of China, though I have my fair share of those, lol. I don’t have a big budget.

-- pensivewoodworker.com

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#30 posted 01-22-2018 04:04 PM


I got sucked into buying one of the wobble blades back in the early 80s. It seemed cool, but if you think about it, given the design there is no way to obtain a flat bottom and parallel sides to a dado. If all you re doing is dadoing in shelves or something, they work fine.
- Rich

Yes. Back when they were sold, I understand the the main criticism was the rounded bottom. However, the Craftsman I have somehow adjusted their design so that the bottom is almost flat. I agree. I would not use this to cut an exposed groove or dado, but for shelf joinery, etc, it worked quite well. Very easy to adjust. I would love to try out one of the modern double wobble versions.

That was the time that all I had was a radial arm saw. Running that thing on the RAS was a scary monster!

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pontic

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#31 posted 01-22-2018 11:40 PM

Freud super dado 6” coated blades. Beats the old Amana I was using. Anybody want an Amana?

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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Robert

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#32 posted 01-23-2018 03:11 PM

Careful when you have them sharpened ask the service to double check all the radiuses…....

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#33 posted 01-23-2018 03:35 PM

I am getting very good results with the 8” Dadonator from Infinity Tools

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#34 posted 01-23-2018 04:06 PM

I have the Forrest Dado King 8” set. If I recall, I got a decent deal on it, as I had always been happy with their other blades I have. It does some things pretty well, it can go cross grain in plywood with very little tear out. The bat ears are a bit more than I would have hoped for tough. Way better than the cheaper one I have before, it was a $50-60 big box store one, tear out was bad cross grain on that one.

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IantheTinker

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#35 posted 01-27-2018 12:12 AM


I have the Forrest Dado King 8” set. If I recall, I got a decent deal on it, as I had always been happy with their other blades I have. It does some things pretty well, it can go cross grain in plywood with very little tear out. The bat ears are a bit more than I would have hoped for tough. Way better than the cheaper one I have before, it was a $50-60 big box store one, tear out was bad cross grain on that one.

- ShaneA

I almost went with a cheaper option from Harbor Freight because their tools have surprised me a few times and they had a stack for about $30. Yet, I figured I should take the safer route even though it cost me 3x as much money. Sometimes going cheap just isn’t worth the potential hassle.

-- pensivewoodworker.com

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Kelster58

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#36 posted 01-27-2018 12:28 AM

I used wobblers for the longest time. Now I have two Freud sets and I just got this Oshlun set and love it.
Oshlun SDS-0842 8-Inch 42 Tooth Stack Dado Set with 5/8-Inch Arbor. Got it off Amazon…......
When I have to buy another set I will get the Oshlun again.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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IantheTinker

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#37 posted 01-27-2018 01:39 AM



I used wobblers for the longest time. Now I have two Freud sets and I just got this Oshlun set and love it.
Oshlun SDS-0842 8-Inch 42 Tooth Stack Dado Set with 5/8-Inch Arbor. Got it off Amazon…......
When I have to buy another set I will get the Oshlun again.

- Kelster58

I hear good things about Oshlun and almost got a set myself, but I don’t like waiting for things in the mail. Case in point, my new Delta T3 table saw fence was estimated to arrive today, it didn’t, and it bothers me even though I know it was just an estimated delivery date, lol. I just want the tools in my hands as soon as I pay for them.

-- pensivewoodworker.com

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#38 posted 01-27-2018 09:59 AM

Forrest Dado King (8”) pricey but only paid once and never looked back

-- Ken

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AlmostRetired

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#39 posted 01-27-2018 10:40 AM

Great list of tools….so many good reviews for so many products now I have no idea what to buy. Grrr!

Roger

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ppg677

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#40 posted 01-27-2018 11:10 AM

Bought the Oshlun a few years ago. The bottoms were not flat so I upgraded to a Freud Super Dado.

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#41 posted 01-27-2018 02:13 PM

I’ve been very happy with my 8” Infinity. The name is dumb, but it’s a great dado stack.

-- John

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#42 posted 01-27-2018 02:41 PM



Great list of tools….so many good reviews for so many products now I have no idea what to buy. Grrr!

Roger

- AlmostRetired

Just don’t go for the cheapest you can find. The Irwin, Freud (Diablo), and Oshlun are all good products without getting into the really high end stuff.

-- pensivewoodworker.com

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pontic

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#43 posted 01-27-2018 05:04 PM

I have a 6” Amana still in good shape, no carbide chips. Still has the box. got it back in 1986.

If you want it send me a message.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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