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Forum topic by jstewart posted 08-26-2007 12:44 AM 1903 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-26-2007 12:44 AM

Can anybody here give feedback on the following dado sets? (Or possibly recommend some better ones?)

Freud SD-508
Freud SD-208
DeWalt DW7670

I have to consider cost when looking at these. Right now, Amazon has the Freud SD-508 at only $135, so I can’t imagine I would settle for the SD-208 (at $95) since the SD-508 has more teeth on the chippers (which, I’ve been told, will result in smoother bottoms to the cuts) and allows for adjustments of 1/32”. From the Amazon reviews I saw, the DeWalt blade looks like a great blade for the price.

I’m hoping one of you woodworking studs can help me out with a review.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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#1 posted 08-26-2007 03:08 AM

Joshua. Use the Lumberjock woodworking store if you buy from Amazon. Martin gets a commission if you link there through LumberJocks web site. It helps to pay for us to play.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 08-27-2007 04:10 AM

Just checked again today. The SD-508 is back up to $200. I always miss these sales because I hesitate.

I found another important difference between the SD-208 and SD-508. The outer blades on the SD-508 have 24 teeth whereas the SD-208 has 12. I imagine the higher tooth count would result in cleaner cuts. Am I right?

I’m leaning toward the SD-508. I’ve never heard anything negative about it except the cost. I’ll just wait for Amazon to put it on sale again. $135 isn’t bad for a premium dado set.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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#3 posted 08-27-2007 04:19 AM

Joshua, I have the Freud SD-208, and I love it. It makes great flat-bottomed, splinter free cuts. I don’t have any experience with the 508, so I can’t directly compare them for you, but I definitely wouldn’t shy away from the 208. I bought mine new on Ebay for $71, including shipping. If price isn’t an object, then maybe the 508 is worth the difference.

-- Robb

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#4 posted 08-27-2007 04:47 AM

Joshua, I also like Robb have the SD-208, and it has done a great job for me. For the money it is a great dado set.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#5 posted 08-27-2007 04:01 PM

I have the 508 and I give it the same rating as Greg and Robb give their 208’s. I really don’t think you can go wrong with a Freud stack of any number.

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#6 posted 08-27-2007 06:08 PM

Tom referenced some useful shims for dado sets from Lee valley for matching the width of plywood. In another post. People interested in this post may be interested in them as well.,41080,41165

The other discussion is Cutting Dados for Plywood Thickness.

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#7 posted 08-27-2007 09:13 PM

Wow, Robb, you got a deal at $71 for that set. Amazon wants $95 and that’s with “Free Super Saver” shipping.

Was your’s used, or did you just get a super deal?

I have one of the “wobble” dado blades. It’s a hassle to use, because you have to do several trial cuts to set it, so it cuts the width you want. I probably need to get one of these type (I guess I found out the hard way why this kind costs more than mine – because it’s better….).

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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