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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-02-2012, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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Confronted with 20% off a Freud SD506, I became week & purchased on impulse, knowing full well my older Delta contractor saw is only 1.5 hp. Now that I've been reading older threads, it may have been a mistake. I DON'T want to stress the motor & have experienced blade stops from pinching (looking at splitters next). Could I get some fresh insight on the 6'' vs 8'' & it's real world ramifications! I want the smooth cut more teeth will offer but not if I have to run an eighth inch @ a time.
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Hi Rick.
I have one of these tablesaw's & i have used my 8" SD508 Freud Super Dado Set with no problems. The 8" also comes in handy if you want to use a sled as it gives added depth. You should be fine with either size. Your not cutting material in half. So your cuts will rarely be deeper than 3/8" - 1/2" or so. My contractor saw is in storage in my trailer & if I had room for a second table saw it would be put to use with the dado set always installed. The saw should handle which ever size dado set you get. I would worry about quality before size for a dado set. This is one item where you sometimes get what you pay for.

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After looking @ my original thread I noticed a misprint. The blade I bought was the 508, & I'd prefer to go 8" if possible. Your'e point about the sled is just what I was looking for, I hadn't thought of it & it's a good one! I'm leaning 508 but will give it a few days then post an update. Thanx!
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The 508 set is a good set. I have no complaints with this set. It produces square flat dado's without the little bat ears that some cutters leave.

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