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Forum topic by seadonkey posted 06-25-2019 03:41 PM 360 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-25-2019 03:41 PM

Quick question for ya’ll. I just got a sawstop professional and am trying to use the Freud dial a width dado stack, but it doesn’t come close to fitting, even at way less than max width. I removed the washer of course, but still only about half of the arbor nut fits. I don’t see any solution, but was just curious if anyone uses that dado with their sawstop.

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#1 posted 06-25-2019 03:55 PM

I use it but not full width as I want full arbor nut threaded.

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#2 posted 06-25-2019 04:02 PM

Thanks Redoak. Out of curiosity what’s the max width you are able to use with it?

-- I mostly make firewood...

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#3 posted 06-25-2019 04:51 PM

I have a sawstop, when ever i run into a question i call sawstop tech people, they are very helpful, RJ

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#4 posted 06-25-2019 05:06 PM

A lot of 5/8” arbor saws are only designed to accommodate 3/4” wide dado stacks. Looks like the dial-a-width goes up to .906”. So, there is a good chance you’re saw isn’t meant to accommodate the full width.

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#5 posted 06-25-2019 07:20 PM

Here is Sawstop’s recommendations regarding dado sets:

SawStop recommends only using 8” stacked dado sets, with a maximum thickness of 13/16”. “Wobble” dado sets are not recommended, as they may not engage correctly with the dado brake cartridge. Do not use dado sets with solid-plate interior chippers or blades with molding heads, as neither brake cartridge is designed to stop those blade types.

Hope this helps

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 06-26-2019 01:53 AM

What’s interesting is with this I can only get a 1/2 inch wide with that stack. The hub/dial on the stack is big, but I can’t even get the nut threaded with 5/8”. Seems strange and makes me wonder if I’m missing something. The saw specs say it takes up to 13/16, so I’d think I’d be able to get at least 3/4

I called sawstop and they said adjustable dados like this aren’t recommended because of the possibility of accidentally triggering the brake (though I don’t see how) and wouldn’t tell me much else

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#7 posted 06-26-2019 03:37 AM

I recently purchased a new Dewalt Dado Set because my Freud Super Dado has anti-kickback ridges. It is more to do with the diameter of the blade and the adjustment with the brake. There are some threads out there where people have used them without issue. Freud, has actually redesigned their 208 dado blade for the Sawstop. The price of the Dewalt was half the price of the Forrest. Figured it was only $40 more than a new brake. If I sell the other for about the same, it would be a wash. Dan

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#8 posted 06-26-2019 11:06 AM

Once you get that Freud dado set sharpened a couple of times those anti kickback nibs will get cut down (substantially, at least in my case). I suspect you could send it to a sharpener and have them reduced (with sharpening service) if you really wanted to use it, but I just went ahead and used it anyway until it needed sharpening.

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