05:26AM | 11/14/03
Member Since: 11/13/03
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Would like to hear from Craftsman table saw users about dado blades.

Just bought a Craftsman 24883 10". I bought a Freud 8" Saftey Dado blade off of Ebay before reading the manual, which says use 6" dadoes. After a couple of phone calls and emails, finally got someone with the OEM who said only problem with 8" is it won't clear the throat plate with the blade completely raised, that I'd be OK long as I didn't raise blade completely or opened up throat plate. Anyway, the big concern is, will I burn out my motor with the heavier 8" dado? Can't return it, but could sell and get a 6".




12:51PM | 11/14/03
Member Since: 04/10/03
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I've been using a 8" dado on my craftsman for 8 years and have had no trouble. You normally don't go very high with a dado anyway.

[This message has been edited by whit.millwork (edited November 14, 2003).]


06:34PM | 11/14/03
Member Since: 11/13/03
8 lifetime posts
Thanks for the info. I agree, an 8" Freud will supposedly go 2.5", when would you ever need that? The blade came today and I tried it on, looks like it'll go maybe 1.25" deep with the dado throat plate in, that should be plenty.


04:37AM | 11/27/03
Member Since: 09/25/03
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I've been using a 8" on my saw for years. If your throat plate isn't large enough, maybe make your own 'zero clearance' insert for the dado head.


09:10AM | 12/02/03
Member Since: 11/13/03
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Thanks for the tip, hcbph.

I already made a zctp for my regular blades out of 1/2" birch plywood and will make two more, one for the dado and one for 45-degree cuts. Should be much easier now that I know how deep to route each of those "shelves" for the throat plate, almost every one is a different depth, I kinda got the impression the manufacturer doesn't care for folks making their own zctps:-)



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