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Forum topic by Winny94 posted 01-06-2022 04:40 PM 805 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Winny94

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01-06-2022 04:40 PM

Im getting tired of running the single kerf, ATB for my dados, and buying a FTB is halfway to full dado set, so im just going to go that route. I typically use FS Tool blades, but wow, $250+ for their dado sets.

Seems Freud Super Dado is well received, but before pulling the trigger, is there anything better in the $130-$170 range I should look at before buying?


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JRsgarage

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#1 posted 01-06-2022 04:54 PM

I don’t own one but I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Dewalt (DW7670). I’ve been keeping an eye out to replace an old freud set.

-- “Facts don't care about your feelings.” ..., Ben Shapiro

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HokieKen

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#2 posted 01-06-2022 05:00 PM

I have the Freud SD208 set and have been happy with it. The Super Dado would probably be my choice if I were buying a new stack. It has a higher tooth count and wider maximum width than mine. If that price is in your sweet spot, I don’t see much direct competition for it. You could save some $ by going with one that has a lower tooth count but anything else with that tooth count is $200+

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 01-06-2022 05:09 PM

I’ve had the SD508 for over 20 years, it’s resharpened 3 times (close to needing replaced). When I replace it, it will be the same set…even though they aren’t recommended for a SawStop (my current saw). The anti kickback nubs might possibly hinder the brake performance, but after the first sharpening, those nubs get ground down anyway.

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Mike

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#4 posted 01-06-2022 05:31 PM

I have the Freud SD208 with 12 teeth. If I replace it, it will be with the Oshlun 42 tooth 8”. I have the Oshlun box joint cutter and it impresses.

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#5 posted 01-06-2022 05:33 PM

The problem with standard dado blades is they leave behind “bats ears” at the corners. I use a Freud box joint set that cuts either 1/4” or 3/8” box joints. By using the 3/8” joint setup and making multiple passes, I can get a smooth dado with a clean bottom. The box joint set cost $100.

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squazo

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#6 posted 01-06-2022 07:00 PM


The problem with standard dado blades is they leave behind “bats ears” at the corners. I use a Freud box joint set that cuts either 1/4” or 3/8” box joints. By using the 3/8” joint setup and making multiple passes, I can get a smooth dado with a clean bottom. The box joint set cost $100.

- MrRon

thatis actually what Im planning on doing, I was going to get two sets so I could do a 3/4” in one pass

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#7 posted 01-06-2022 07:53 PM

There is enough tooth overlap on the box dado set that I’d think you could get close to 1/2” with shims. Running two sets might pose problems since the teeth hang over the sides quite a bit. Another issue might be that the two sets are not ground to the exact same diameters, but I’d wager they’d be close ‘nuf.

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#8 posted 01-06-2022 07:57 PM

I’ve been using the Ridge Carbide 8” Dado Master. Its over $200 though. Really good blades, and they cut s very true dado with no ridges. Funny how the name is “Ridge ” carbide, huh?

-- Pete

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HokieKen

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#9 posted 01-06-2022 07:59 PM

I’m not sure you could run two of the box joint blade sets together. And if you can, like splintergroup said, the overlap would make the total width less than 3/4”. You’d probably get better results just putting a couple of shims between the blades and making two passes.

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Bill1974

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#10 posted 01-06-2022 08:52 PM

I have the Dewalt 7670 dado set and have no complaints with it. Price from Lowes is ~$140. I have not used any other dado sets so no comparison. Set up isn’t too fussy and the case is decent. Cuts seem flat and little to no bat ears.

The first thing to do when you get a set is make a bunch of cuts with different setups and make you self a gauge set with some notes on what cutters and shims were used for each cut. Otherwise every time you use it you’ll be doing numerous setups to figure out what cutters and shims to use. I tried being smart, using math and a caliber, it did not save much if any time. Being able to pull the cutters and shims out of the case and throwing them on the saw and cutting is a nice feeling. I still make a test cut, but 9 out of 10 times I am good to go and just messing with the cut depth.

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RDan

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#11 posted 01-07-2022 07:18 AM

I have the Dewalt 7670 as well. I purchased it since it does not have the Kickback ridges like my Freud Super Dado. I bought it since I have a Sawstop PCS. It is comparable to the Freud as far as I have found. I got mine off Amazon a few years back. Dan

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EarlS

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#12 posted 01-07-2022 12:01 PM

I have the Infinity Dado set. It is a bit more than $150 but it does a good job.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#13 posted 01-07-2022 12:37 PM

If you happen to have a SawStop, there are considerations. No kickback shoulders and no full blade cutters.

SS specifically recommends the DeWalt.

I know the Dadonator (Amana) is not compatible.

I also used a Freud set and multiple sharpening for probably 15-20 years. I gave it away when I sold my saw – still in very useable condition other than one cutter tooth broke off.

Don’t let the “bat ears” bother you that is the result of an ATB outside cutter which gives the cleanest crosscut. They disappear when glue hits it.

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Dark_Lightning

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#14 posted 01-07-2022 03:56 PM



I ve had the SD508 for over 20 years, it s resharpened 3 times (close to needing replaced). When I replace it, it will be the same set…even though they aren t recommended for a SawStop (my current saw). The anti kickback nubs might possibly hinder the brake performance, but after the first sharpening, those nubs get ground down anyway.

- Fred Hargis

Do you have an ICS or a PCS? I bought that set but it wouldn’t clear the brake on my JSS. There is no adjusting the brake on a JSS, and that set was just a skosh over 8”.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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Fred Hargis

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#15 posted 01-07-2022 05:19 PM


Do you have an ICS or a PCS? I bought that set but it wouldn t clear the brake on my JSS. There is no adjusting the brake on a JSS, and that set was just a skosh over 8”.

- Dark_Lightning

Mine is the ICS. I was unaware the job site saw didn’t have an adjustment on the brake, but then maybe that saw isn’t expected to use a dado set (?).

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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