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Forum topic by BroncoBrian posted 06-03-2018 05:34 PM 1080 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BroncoBrian

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06-03-2018 05:34 PM

I was arguing with myself and decided that for the limited use that I needed a Dado Stack, I went with the Dewalt set. It was that or the Forrest Dado King. I read most of what was available and understand the quality and performance differences between them.

For a SawStop, the decision was clearly between those two. But why not the Ridge Carbide?

https://www.holbren.com/Ridge_Carbide_NW8-DM-DS

This set is priced right between the two, is the same design, same chipper variety, US-made, etc. But it was mentioned about 1-10 of the other two.

Thoughts?

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#1 posted 06-03-2018 05:59 PM

Nothing wrong with a Ridge set,
might need to get a shim pack separately, if one doesn’t come with it, for the odd sized plywood’s.

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#2 posted 06-03-2018 07:41 PM

Agree, Ridge Carbide makes excellent quality saw blades. I’ve been using them for years and haven’t been disappointed yet.

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#3 posted 06-03-2018 08:22 PM

Forrest is the more popular name, the DW is the value winner. Ridge Carbide makes excellent blades that are on par with Forrest and other elite manufacturers. There’s no reason not to give it a try if it fits the bill and saves some money vs the Forrest.

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#4 posted 06-03-2018 09:05 PM

I guess I am curious where the value/quality stands.

A) Is it like this:

Forrest – 10
Ridge – 9.5
Dewalt – 9

B) Or more like:

Forrest – 10
Ridge – 9
Dewalt – 7

A lot of times you pay double for that last 5-10%, Sometimes you get what you pay for. I would say that with portable/contractor/cabinet saws you definitely get what you pay for. Blades, chisels and hand tools seem to be more about premiums for brands or that last 10% (once you get past the level of crappy options).

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#5 posted 06-03-2018 09:11 PM

Not necessarily.

Forrest and ridges carbide is more than likely a better grade than dewalts.

Negative. The value brands are good enough to solid while LV, LN and others try to give the best mass produced items they can. Not the one with the most value. With value, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

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#6 posted 06-03-2018 09:51 PM

Since I see the Forrest and Ridge Carbide as comparable quality, the Ridge would represent better value than the Forrest due to it’s lower price. They also tend to offer larger chunks of carbide.

IMO the DW is not on quite par with the dado sets from makers like Forrest, R/C, Infinity, but is surprisingly good …good nuff for the vast majority of dado operations and cost a lot less.

One of the problems when comparing dado sets is just the sheer cost, so most of us end up relying on reviews or extrapolation based on experience with other blades from the same manufacturer, which is certainly not the most accurate method of evaluation.

I agree that it can cost double to get that last 5-10% of excellence, which may or may not be worth it when you consider that most dados are hidden.

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#7 posted 06-03-2018 10:13 PM

I’ve never used that set, but it would be on my top two list. The Infinity dadonator has been my go to set, but I need a replacement that’s safe for full stacks on the Sawstop.

Most any dado set will make clean dados in plywood, but the true test of a dado blade is hardwood joinery. The Infinity cuts great tenons.

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#8 posted 06-03-2018 10:15 PM

Interesting Pinto. I don’t care about plywood. Other than sleds and some shop stuff, I don’t use it.

The Infinity is not recommended by SS. But the RC was not either (though it does not seem a problem, it appears to be the same design as the Forrest and DW).

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