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Forum topic by AngieO posted 08-13-2012 11:26 PM 7758 views 0 times favorited 45 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2012 11:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip resource dado table saw

Another bummer….today it has rained almost all day. We need the rain… but it means I cant work so that’s not good.
Anyhow… didn’t get to work today, but while I was waiting to pick up my daughter from Cross Country I hung out at Lowe’s. I wasn’t really interested in buying anything (well…not my intention at least) so I was just “looking”. I ran across this dado set. I don’t have one and I know I want one… but I don’t have any projects (right now) that call for it. But this set was on clearance for $19.

So I have two concerns… well, three really.

First… the set is an 8” set. The blade on my TS is a 10”. The clerk assured me that was fine and that his dado blade is also 8” as well and he uses a 10” blade regularly. His explanation of why it was ok sounded good. But… I don’t know enough about them.

Second… The box says Mibro. I’ve never heard of that brand. The blade actually says “Buzzz”. Is this a good brand? I know that the box it came in is really nice. Check it out. It’s very solid.

Third… Like I said, I don’t have any projects planned for it. I will certainly use it though. I could make a box and practice box joints, I could make a shelf… I will definitely find a reason to use it. But is this price a good enough price to go ahead and buy it now and have it? I thought… $19 seems awfully cheap. As you can see… I did buy it. But I have no issues with taking it back if I get a lot of negative feedback about them.
Oh… and along with this issue… I don’t know enough about dado sets. So is this a good set as far as what it has with it…..

It has 1 chipper that is 1/16” and it has 4 chippers that are 1/8”. It has 2 thicker shims, 1 that seems a little thinner (but may not be), 2 that seem thinner than that and then two more that feel like they are thinner. Doesn’t make sense I’m sure… but it feels to me like there are 4 different thicknesses. There are a total of 7 shims even though box says 5. And obviously the two outer blades.

It says I can do cut widths from 1/4” to 13/16”.

As always… I appreciate all of your feedback and I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

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#1 posted 08-13-2012 11:34 PM

Oh… and something to just throw in there… I have a Lowe’s merchandise card (still). Not enough on there to buy any big tools, and I don’t really want to buy any lumber from them… so this was paid for with that card. The card was given to me free. (that’s a whole other story for another time)

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#2 posted 08-13-2012 11:37 PM

I purchased an inexpensive dado set one time and found out that the blades were not the same size in diameter. You might want to check that out. At $19 you really got a good deal. As far as I know an 8” set is the norm.

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#3 posted 08-13-2012 11:50 PM

8” dado sets are the norm. You will have to check the length of your arbor (the threaded rod that holds your blade in place) to see if it is long enough to accept that 13/16” width along with a washer and nut. This brand does cut a flat bottom which is good. Be careful when cutting cross grains with less expensive blades as you could get alot of chip out, especially on plywood. I think that for the money, it will give you the opportunity to learn from it and how they work. You will also need to purchase a different insert for your tablesaw because must openings are only about 1/2” to except only up to a 3/8” dado blade width. Good luck and a good buy!

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#4 posted 08-13-2012 11:53 PM

Be sure that your saw can handle a dado blade. Many of those direct drive saws can’t.
If you don’t have a manual, you might be able to find one online.
If you can’t find out for sure about the saw’s capacity, at least be sure the arbor is long enough that the saw stack can fit with the arbor washers and the nut and still have some threads left sticking out past the nut. This is very important.

The 8” size dado is OK, but if you saw is a little under powered, you can even use a 6” dado. Since a dado is not normally a through cut, they don’t have to be as large as the 10” blade. A 6” blade can still cut over an inch deep dado and that’s more than enough, usually, and takes less horsepower to run.

I know some of the benchtop saws, like the Porter Cable for instance, only allow 6” dado blades and only 1/2” wide.

I must confess, I have an 8” dado set and my saw is designed to handle it, but I find that it’s more trouble to change out the blades, change out the insert, than to just make several passes with the regular blade. Some day, if I get a second saw, I may keep one set up with a dado, but till then I just make multiple passes with the regular blade. That could change depending on what I’m working on of course.

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#5 posted 08-14-2012 12:04 AM

At $19 it was probably worth it. 13/16” is the typical size of 3/4” plywood. For 3/4” lumber you’ll need to improvise. Its probably not going to be one of the smoothest cuts either, but its a starter set.

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#6 posted 08-14-2012 12:13 AM

My 1st dado set was a mibro, $50 from lowes. It came in the same box, but the blades and chippers look different than yours. It was ok on hardwood and w/the grain on ply, but seem to chip too much on ply crosscuts. I have since upgraded, but still have that one. With a direct drive saw, you will need to take small bites and multiple passes.

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#7 posted 08-14-2012 12:15 AM

My first dado set was an 8” mibro from Lowes. Got it cheap . Worked fine.
When I bought a new one it was a ….6” Oshlun. Works fine for no more than I use it.I just couldn’t justify spending 200 bucks on something I use once or twice a year.
For 19 bucks I would have bought it
What kind of saw do you have? Like someone else pointed out you need to change the insert. You can make your own.
Remember you don’t have to use all the blades. You can set up a 3/8 inch and make two passes etc.
I think you did all right.

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#8 posted 08-14-2012 12:18 AM

Lowest has CMT dados on clearance as well. $39 here.

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#9 posted 08-14-2012 01:07 AM

the cmt set I own is not the same one they sell at lowes. I did check it out they are way different. I know cmt made an economy dado set that is supposed to retail for 99 dollars, that is the one lowes sells. at 39 dollars I would buy that one the 19 dollar blade I would not trust IMHO

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#10 posted 08-14-2012 01:39 AM

$19 is a great price. Even if it’s a cheap set and doesn’t last as long as a more quality set, It is well worth the price to play with and learn from. You might even consider grabbing another set at that price. 8” is the normal size on a dado set. You don’t need the depth that you would normally have with a 10” cutting blade. The 2 shims with the print on them are shims that goes between your cutters and your chippers. The other shims, and yes they are of different thicknesses, are for fine tuning the width of your dado.

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#11 posted 08-14-2012 01:49 AM

Throw the dice, who knows, could be a steal of deal or it could be your worst nightmare if it turns into a cross between a Gatling gun and a grenade.

The diameter wont really matter as not too many folks run a 3” deep dado, they are generally about 1/8” through 1/2” and a small dia., can be advantageous as you can sneak up closer to a stopped dado.

If nothing else, the spacers can work on another set, and at least you will have those.

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#12 posted 08-14-2012 01:57 AM

I find that set annoying for determining which shim to use, as to quality of cut mine wasn’t bad and I used it a lot. Still have it but at this point it needs to be cleaned and sharpened. I think I paid around the 50.00 price point and I’ve had mine about 3 years. Well worth the price you paid.

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#13 posted 08-14-2012 02:02 AM

You did good for the price. :)
The case is nice.

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#14 posted 08-14-2012 02:06 AM

I’d be REALLY apprehensive on putting a full 8” stack on a direct drive bench top table saw. Do some research before you start spinning these things. Also, as with a router, multiple light cuts are much better (and safer) than hogging out the entire dado in one shot


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#15 posted 08-14-2012 02:33 AM

lumberjoe… that’s a good point you brought up. I was cutting some half-laps on my router on Saturday. I’m not very patient but I forced myself to take it slow and take several passes instead of digging in. What’s a good amount to take off at a time?

I hear you guys saying that I should make sure my TS will allow this dado set… How do I find that out? Will the manual say this? I have had some issues getting the manual. The searches I get back keep giving me the manual for a different model. My little benchtop TS is a Craftsman 137.248760 and is only 2.5 HP. Anyone had any dealings with that model?

I read Chickenfoots blog the other day where he started out with $20 and ended up with a beautiful Delta UniSaw. Well… LOL… I obviously don’t know enough about tools or have the resources to do that… So I guess I should set my sights a little lower. But I can already tell that a new table saw will be in my future.

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