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Freud Dial-a-Width Dado stack for 520

#1333 by thompson3 » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:55 am

I'm considering buying a Freud SD 606 Dial-a-Width Stacked Dado set for my 520. Anybody currently using this set with their machine and what results are you getting?

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Re: Freud Dial-a-Width Dado stack for 520

#274319 by Chad » Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:47 am

I haven't used that dado set yet. Unlike traditional dial-a-width dado sets (Sears Craftsman made thousands of them over the years); with the added chipper(s) in between the left and right angled blades, would give you the flat bottom. There would be some time involved with setup, like any other stacked dado set; being that you would have to add, or remove chipper(s) if there was a drastic change to the width beyond the dial adjustment limits, from the previous setup. OTOH with the micro adjustments made with the dial, versus having the add, or remove shims; should be a real time saver. It appears to be a solid system.

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Re: Freud Dial-a-Width Dado stack for 520

#274324 by reible » Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:22 am

I hadn't seen that blade before you mentioned it so I had to look it up. I like the idea, and I have like Freud blades in the past so I feel it would preform pretty well.

I have a couple of sets of dado blades, I have found that I can pretty much get the width down to what I want before mounting and it is rare that I find I must play with it after setting. And on a shopsmith, unlike other saws you can just pull the table away and have clear access to the blade, or simply pull the blade and arbor off and do it that way.

I personally like the Infinity Dadonator blades:

https://www.infinitytools.com/dadonator ... h-5-8-bore

I'd also think about if a 6" set is going to fit your needs in the future. I have both and I have found that sometimes I have needed the 8" size. If I had only one size I would go with the 8". You will also have to make your own ZCI for the larger/deeper cuts but at least you can make them.

Ed

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Re: Freud Dial-a-Width Dado stack for 520

#274328 by JPG » Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:49 am

Well the original poster has started a legitimate discussion in spite of the second post being intended to be spam. That does not happen often! :cool:

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Re: Freud Dial-a-Width Dado stack for 520

#274336 by DLB » Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:27 pm

Looks like the OP asked 13-1/2 years ago and has not posted since! He/she may not benefit from the response. :D I will though, I've wondered specifically about the 6 V 8 inch question. At some point I'd like to upgrade to carbide and want to only choose once.

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Re: Freud Dial-a-Width Dado stack for 520

#274337 by JPG » Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:39 pm

So other than smaller radius in a blind dado, what can a 6" do than an 8" cannot do?

Other than that, the decision comes down to $.

FWIW I have an 8". (not this brand/style).

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Re: Freud Dial-a-Width Dado stack for 520

#274343 by Chad » Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:45 pm

Eh, it's never too late to respond to anyone's post. Be that they are still among us, or not.

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Re: Freud Dial-a-Width Dado stack for 520

#274348 by reible » Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:30 pm

There are reasons that I have found to have the larger blade. The depth of cut, I don't recall what the numbers are for the shopsmith off hand but you do get an extra inch with the larger blade. Seems to me that is in the area of 2-1/4"?? for an 8" and 1-1/4"?? for a 6".

But the main reason was when using a sled of some sorts when cutting. The sled uses up cut depth so keep that in mind. If say the 6" blade has a cutting depth of 1-1/4 when using the table and then you go to a sled that is 3/4" thick then you are down to a 1/2". That is pretty shallow for some jobs.

Yes you do pay a bit more for the larger blade but if you find you need it then it becomes pretty much a none issue cost wise.

Ed

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