Avanti PRO 8" Stacked Dado = SUCKS

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Review by Brian Strothcamp posted 12-16-2012 03:09 AM 26807 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Avanti PRO 8" Stacked Dado = SUCKS Avanti PRO 8" Stacked Dado = SUCKS Avanti PRO 8" Stacked Dado = SUCKS Click the pictures to enlarge them

There should be a ZERO star rating. I think the photos speak for themselves…

They sell this junk at Home Depot and Im returning it per the instructions on the box (see pic)

$49 USD… it was sharp though

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#1 posted 12-16-2012 03:24 AM

It’s hard to find a good Dado set in that price range,to be it didn’t work out.


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#2 posted 12-16-2012 05:04 AM

Seems like the best sub-$100 dado set is probably the Oshlun

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 05:30 AM

Don’t you recognize the excess glue squeeze out trough when you see one ? LOL

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#4 posted 12-16-2012 07:17 AM

That’s a pretty bad cut…

If you catch it on sale, (like now) the dewalt/delta dado set is probably best bang for your buck. Right now, with amazon’s $25 off $100 dewalt deal, it's $88.65 shipped. I paid $85 for mine over the summer and couldn’t be happier. I’m sure the $200+ sets cut nicer, but not $115+ nicer. I love the case.

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#5 posted 12-16-2012 09:52 AM

I agree. I took mine back too and have been happy with the Freud I bought.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 12-16-2012 11:10 AM

I get the same cut as well. I would not recommend this set even at $49.

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#7 posted 12-16-2012 03:44 PM

There’s an old saying: you get what you pay for. Since you saved some money (the amount of which is determined using the price of this units replacement) may be sufficient to purchase a nice shoulder plane, which would clean up that rabbit in one or two passes.
It all boils down to personal preferences for tool purchases and willingness to spend more.
Are you going to get a more expensive set?

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#8 posted 12-16-2012 03:49 PM

Ever so often you can find the Diablo dado set at Home Depot for $49. That’s what I paid for mine and have been pretty happy with it.

I looked at this same avanti set.
Then I remembered my only experience with Avanti was a saw blade that someone had given me as a present. It cut so badly that it only made two cuts on my saw before I threw it in the trash.
So I decided to leave the Avanti dado set on the shelf.


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#9 posted 12-16-2012 05:28 PM

Two words, Infinity Dadonator.

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#10 posted 12-16-2012 06:06 PM

I wonder if it’s an inaccurate arbor hole (I don’t know the proper terminology). That’s a pathetic cut. Maybe you can make some throwing stars out of it;) Sorry for this experience, but thanks.

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#11 posted 12-16-2012 09:05 PM

thanks for the review.i’ve looked at that set at hd and wondered if it was any good.will definately save the extra money for a better set.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#12 posted 12-17-2012 03:18 AM

My money would also be on arbor holes of different diameters, or blades/chippers of different overall lengths. Either way that is a very bad cut. I purchased the Freud SD208 at HD for $99 and have been pretty happy with it, but as NiteWalker suggested the DeWalt set is cheaper, probably just as good in terms of cut quality, and I believe it also comes with a chipper size that allows you to cut 23/32” dadoes without having to use shims, which is the thing I hate the most about the SD208.

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#13 posted 12-17-2012 04:04 AM

Avanti 10” blades make good Hand Plane blades, that’s about it!

-- John

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#14 posted 12-17-2012 02:40 PM

To add to the review…

The arbor holes were very nice fitting so the bad cut relates to chippers of different diameter.
Im going for the Freud SD208 at woodcraft for 99 – 10 bucks on purchases over 25… so 89 total

I knew it was going to be poor quality but sometimes you never know. With the no hassle return policy figured whay not try it… so now I write this review so others can save their time.

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#15 posted 12-17-2012 03:59 PM

Brian, I also saw that set at HD next to the SD208 (which I ended up buying). I think you’ll be much happier with the SD208.

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