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So here's my questions. Just took my first look around for dado blades and I didn't think they would be so expensive. I have a Woodcraft store hear me and I forget the brand name for one but there were 2 that were $199 and $259. Then there was a diablo that was $99. All go to width of 5/8".

You guys know anything about the quality of these things? I'm leaning towards the diablo because I am a beginner and because of budget limits.
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you need to shop somewhere else a saw sharpening service would have the most economical deals since they supply commercial guys
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The Diablo are pretty good blades. I have several of them, though not dado and have gotten good service from them to date. I have never thought of going to a place that sharpens blades, but that might not be a bad idea. See what they recommend.

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So here's my questions. Just took my first look around for dado blades and I didn't think they would be so expensive. I have a Woodcraft store hear me and I forget the brand name for one but there were 2 that were $199 and $259. Then there was a diablo that was $99. All go to width of 5/8".

You guys know anything about the quality of these things? I'm leaning towards the diablo because I am a beginner and because of budget limits.
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If you don't want to spend the $$ for a really nice stacking set, I'd agree with Jim.
For small jobs, I turn to the router. But, for the bigger/longer/deeper stuff, I'll go with the dado set.

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I've run the gammut. I put a dado set on the table saw and it took too darned long to keep switching back and forth. So, I put it on a Radio Alarm Saw (RAS) only to find that the dado set takes a nose dive as it reaches the end of the arm. I tried a template and removing material from the baseplate down only to find that everything relied on the top of the board and bottom being perfectly parallel. Then, I tried skis. The only problem I have is holding them tight to the table to ensure that they remain in perfect contact with the table and thus, perfectly parallel to the cutting edge of the bit. This is my preferred method for lap joints.

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If you take care of it a good set will last you forever. I've had my 8" Freud safety set, (shortly after they came out with it) for somewhere around 17, 18 yrs. I use them a couple 3, 4 times a yr., never had them sharpened and they'll still slice you easy.

I've tried wobbles and don't like them, not only are a rough cut but they'll shake a portable TS to death.

There are so many options with a dado that a router can't compete with, depth, width and speed to name the obvious. Add a sacrificial fence to the TS and you can adjust the depth and width of rabbits 2 to 3 times faster than a router. Shelf dados with a 30" or 50" fence will do 5' to 8'4" towers. Add spacers to the cutters and you can cut any width from an 1/8" and 3/16" to 15/16" no problem.

Lastly dados cut glue grooves, show me a router bit that does that!

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Marcus:

I bet you got a lot more than you bargained for. Ronald's opinion is to be respected for he has the experience behind his comments. However, I too have a valid position. My suggestion would be to beg or borrow a dado set and try it. Skis would be a bit more complicated.

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Hi Ron

"Lastly dados cut glue grooves,, show me a router bit that does that!",,????

Show me a snapshot please

As you can see I'm not a big fan of the dado (200.oo+ dollar ) blade set
One tool just to put in some slots in ,over kill thing I think..when a 10.oo router bit will do the same thing and do it better..always as a flat bottom in the slot.

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If you take care of it a good set will last you forever. I've had my 8" Freud safety set, (shortly after they came out with it) for somewhere around 17, 18 yrs. I use them a couple 3, 4 times a yr., never had them sharpened and they'll still slice you easy.

I've tried wobbles and don't like them, not only are a rough cut but they'll shake a portable TS to death.

There are so many options with a dado that a router can't compete with, depth, width and speed to name the obvious. Add a sacrificial fence to the TS and you can adjust the depth and width of rabbits 2 to 3 times faster than a router. Shelf dados with a 30" or 50" fence will do 5' to 8'4" towers. Add spacers to the cutters and you can cut any width from an 1/8" and 3/16" to 15/16" no problem.

Lastly dados cut glue grooves, show me a router bit that does that!



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I have the Freud 8" Super Dado set. Real happy with it. It cuts clean flat square bottom dado's with ease. I use it for dado'ing out for the metal shelf standards in cabinets or the groove for a drawer bottom.

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