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Forum topic by torx posted 07-25-2016 08:37 PM 782 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-25-2016 08:37 PM

I recently got this dado set for nothing (literally). I cleaned all of the buildup off of the blades (it was pretty caked) and it seems to be in excellent condition. Since I’m a rookie at this stuff, I’d thought I’d ask…Does anyone here know anything about these sets, and are they any good?

-- When I go I want it to be like my Grandfather. Peacefully sound asleep. Not screaming in terror like the rest of the people in the car.

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#1 posted 07-26-2016 08:26 PM

It appears to be a steel toothed dado set. While it may well work just fine now I doubt it will for long. Meaning, you will have to sharpen all those teeth on a very regular basis. I have no experience with a set like that so I’m mostly WAGing on its performance.

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#2 posted 07-26-2016 08:43 PM

They work but they’re generally terrifying to use. The two tooth chippers tend to take huge scary chunks. They usually vibrate when not cutting, more so as you start to feed.

Modern sets have more teeth on the chippers reducing the risk of over-feeding kickback and for smoother dado bottoms.

Make a clock out of the outer blades.


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#3 posted 07-26-2016 09:15 PM

I purchased that same dado set many years ago for my first table saw. All steel teeth, that do not cut very cleanly. It will cause a lot of tear out especially on plywood and the bottom of the dado will be rough. The two toothed chipper is very common even on many good dado sets; not an issue. You can try some test cuts to see if it works to your liking. My opinion: get a good quality dado set; it will make a big difference.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 07-27-2016 04:55 PM

+1 from Julian…...IMHO it could not be said better. A friend that taught me a lot gave me one of the same sets. I used it a few times, and I did not want to seem ungrateful, but I should have given it back…..

-- Mike

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#5 posted 07-27-2016 06:17 PM

My very first set of dado blades was Delta. It’s a 6” set with 2 blades, and several chippers. It was/is hardened steel, and no carbide…I bought this set in 1989-90…That prolly was before carbide came out….I used it till the dado sets with cabide tips came out….I now have 2 sets of those…both 8”....I still have the Delta set….Still works.

-- " The secret to staying young looking.....hang around old people.." R.D.

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