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Old 11-14-02, 10:21 AM
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dado blades

got an early Christmas present that is RIDGID's new table saw, and i'm VERY psyched about it, so now it's time to accessorize!!

i want to get a nice set of dado blades, but i really don't want to spend about $200 -- any suggestions??

i've only recently started using the dado blades on my old delta saw, and i just noticed they've got "adjustable" ones. sounds pretty interesting, but i'm not sure if they're any good -- any opinions on that??

the thing about the old dado blades i didn't like was that they left pretty significant blade marks on the wood, and that's a PAIN to try and sand out, so i really don't want that happening. also, they were stackable and not very easy to adjust.

please let me know any specifics if anyone has any!

oh, the saw is 10".

thanks in advance!!
 
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Old 11-14-02, 12:43 PM
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Hello arthropod98,
First, stick with 6" dado blades as opposed to 8"!! The money for 8" is wasted - your dados won't be that deep!
Adjustables are convenient, but the bottom of the dado is not exactly flat. Stacked dados, even a slight pain to adjust are the best way to go.

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Old 11-14-02, 04:31 PM
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Concur with Fred. I have a stacked set and also an Excalibur adjustable. The adjustable is just as much a pain in the rear to adjust as the stacked and like he said, you don't get nice flat bottoms.
 
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Old 11-15-02, 03:45 AM
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wow . . . 8" has no benefit over 6"?? had NO idea about that one!

i've actually got 6" deltas, but i'm just not thrilled with the way they cut.

any specific recommendations for stackable dadoes??

thanks for the responses!!
 
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Old 11-15-02, 04:27 AM
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My stackable is Craftsman and gives me satisfactory work.
 
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Old 11-15-02, 05:06 AM
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arthropod98,

About the only thing I can recommend is that if you're going to end up with exposed dados, it might be better to use a router setup for clean cuts.

fred

PS - 8" dados are pricier, and a bummer to install on some saws.
6' blades will cut the deepest dado you'll probably ever
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Old 11-15-02, 07:27 AM
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from the pictures i'm seeing on the internet, they've got some stacked dadoes that have blades in the middle, and some that look like just spacers. i just know i've had trouble adjusting the 2-tipped blade on my delta, so i'm wondering if the spacer-dadoes work fairly well. hell, maybe i'm completely off on this -- i just haven't checked these out "in person".
 
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