Hello, glad to be here!
Retired and learning about woodworking. I just bought a set of Freud sd208 dado blades
and could not read the really tiny print instructions on the back of the paper insert. I did some scans pulled out the text and enlarged it to a 12pt font, then posted it earlier but don't know if the post made it through. If not and anyone wants a copy I give it up for free. I did call Freud first to see if they had a better set of instructions. They said they don't and I asked if it's ok for me to see if I can get it into readable form. They thought it was a good idea. I'll try to paste it here....
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
1-. Setup: Disconnect power before installing, or adjusting the dado. Use the chart to select the components needed for width of dado. After cleaning, place the first outside blade on the arbor, being sure rotation is correct. If chippers are being used, place them on next with the teeth of the chippers aligning with the two open spaces on the outside blade. If more than one chipper is use, rotate every other chipper 90°. If spacers are used, place only one spacer between each pair of chippers or between a chipper and an outside blade. Install second outside blade, ensuring that the teeth of the last chipper are located in the two open spaces on the outside blade.
2- Adjusting Fit: After installing dado and replacing the appropriate safety guards,
make a test cut in a .scrap piece of wood. If fit is too tight: disconnect power, remove the outside blade, install the appropriate shims (shims not included - Shim set #SS100 is available from any Freud dealer), reinstall the outside blade and guards, and make another test cut. If fit IS too loose: disconnect power, remove the outside blade, remove the chippers, install the chippers for the next smaller sized dado, install the appropriate shims, reinstall the outside blade and guards, and make another test cut. Repeat this
process until desired fit is attained.
3- Use Both Outside Blades: Never use the chippers by themselves, or with only one outside blade. Not using both outside blades can cause personal injury, or damage to the tool.
4- Clean well: Be sure all· components are clean and free from dust and chips. Chips between components may affect performance and damage tools.
5- Multiple passes: Wide dadoes remove large amounts of material in a single pass at full depth. Multiple passes starting at lower depth of cut may be required for proper control and safety.