8" Dado Stackable on a 10" saw

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03-26-2012 04:00 AM

New kid on the block here. I thought I recall reading somewhere not to put an 8” blade on a 10” saw.

I’m considering a Frued 8” stackable dado blade for my 10” table saw.

Any ideas if I’m risking my safety in doing this….???

Wilson Boudreaux
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#1 posted 03-26-2012 04:03 AM

I do it all the time. Never a problem, I think the 8” dado is made for 10” saws.

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 04:11 AM

Yep, what Tom said. I even use mine on my 12” RAS.

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#3 posted 03-26-2012 04:27 AM

As far as I know, they don’t make a 10” stackable dado set…if they do, I’ve never seen one, and I’ve been doing this ww for 28 years….only 6” and 8” to my knowledge…..An 8” is what you’re supposed to use …..

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#4 posted 03-26-2012 04:29 AM

Nope, the 8 inch was made for your saw. I have the same Freud dado blade in mine.

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#5 posted 03-26-2012 04:29 AM


I use my Freud 8” dado set on my 10” table saw all the time, no problem. You will probably never use its full depth of cut but, it is an excellent dado set.

FYI, You may want to get a set of the magnetic shim sets at Woodcraft, etc. to replace the ones that come with the set.

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#6 posted 03-26-2012 04:30 AM

8” dado is pretty much the standard. Some people even use 6” sets on the 10” job site saws. IIRC, 10” dado sets, which are pretty rare, usually have a 1” arbor bore and wouldn’t fit on most 10” saws.

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#7 posted 03-26-2012 04:35 AM

I use an 8” stackable dado set on my 9” bench saw. No problems in 37 years——-yet.


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#8 posted 03-26-2012 04:40 AM

Dado cuts are never “through cuts” so there is no need for the dado blade to be the same diameter as the regular rip and crosscut blades.

Like everone has said the standard dado for a 10” saw is the 8” blade.

Beware, however, that some 10” saws, especially some jobsite type saws, are not designed for any size dado. They don’t have arbor threads long enough to mount a dado.

And, some 10” jobsite type saws specifically are designed for the use of 1/2” maximum width x 6” dado blade sets.

Check your saw’s manual.

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#9 posted 03-26-2012 05:08 AM

I like Crank’s answer and would only add one more idea to it.

Since you don’t say what type of saw you are using you might be better advised to use a 6 inch dado on some saws. Dado blades have lots of blades and therefor lots of drag needing lots of power. Consult your manual. Some direct drive saws with low horse power will not do well with an 8 inch stacked set.

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#10 posted 03-26-2012 06:15 AM

Rick Dennington

Stacked dado’s up to 12’’ are common. Both Forrest, Amana and freud have one and probably others

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#11 posted 03-26-2012 08:12 AM

yes the proper dado for a 10 inch saw is a 8 inch so stick with that make sure your saw has at least 1 full horse power if not a 6 inch will serve yo0u best. good luck and be safe . also make a test cut to be sure your dado fits these may require shims to make the cut fit especially when using undersized plywood .make sure you unplug the saw from its power source when making a blade change or when adding shims no need for a silly accident

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#12 posted 03-26-2012 08:37 AM

You have your answer but I would add that you can use a regular smaller blade on your saw. There are a couple of very thin blades made for circular saws that are great for thin rips. Cheap and effective. I used a Freud Demo Demon, 7 1/4” very successfully when I really needed to conserve width. Can’t use them with my new SS :(

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#13 posted 03-26-2012 11:11 AM

If the bore fits your saw’s arbor, it’s ok to use a smaller blade on your saw as long as the blade is at least as wide as your splitter or riving knife….that doesn’t apply to a stacked dado anyway. 6” or 8” stacked dado sets are the norm.

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#14 posted 03-26-2012 02:50 PM

Either 6” or 8” is fine. I think what is confusing you is that some folks recommend using a 6” stack dado if you have a less-powerful saw (under 2 hp), because spinning it requires less power. As others have said, depth of cut is not much of an issue since a 6” dado will still handle almost any dado cut on a 10” saw. The only real trade off is that the 8” gives you a faster tooth speed, but the 6” requires less power and is a bit less expensive.

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#15 posted 03-26-2012 03:25 PM


Thanks for the info on the different sizes of dado sets….I sure didn’t know they made the bigger sizes….I’ll have to look that up. 12” dado sets…..that’s hard to believe….You would have to have one heck of a saw to turn them dudes…..I figure they would have to be special order…....thanks again…

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