Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 60
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by KM See very fine print on packaging to find instructions.
I have just purchased this dado set, and it appears to be a good set, but I have not used it yet. I saw another review that this dado set does not come with instructions. I have found the instructions in the very fine print on the back of the packaging cardboard. See attached pictures and text below for copy of instructions.
DIABLO DD208H STACKED DADO SET
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
- Disconnect power before installing, or adjusting the dado.
- Use the chart to select the components needed for width of dado.
- After cleaning, place the first outside blade on the arbor, being sure rotation Is correct.
- If chippers are being used, place them on next with the teeth of the chippers. aligning with the two open spaces on the outside blade.
- If more than one chipper is used, rotate every other chipper 90.
- If spacers are used, place only one spacer between each pair of chippers or between a chipper and an outside blade.
- Install second outside blade, ensuring that the teeth of the last chipper are located in the two open spaces on the outside blade.
2- Adjusting Fit:
- After installing dado and replacing the appropriate safety guards, make a test cut in a scrap piece of wood.
- If fit is too tight: disconnect power, remove the outside blade, install the appropriate shims (shims not included - Shim set #SS100 is available from any Freud dealer). reinstall the outside blade and guards. and make another test cut.
- If fit is too loose: disconnect power, remove the outside blade, remove the chippers, install the chippers for the next smaller sized dado, install the appropriate shims, reinstall the outside blade and guards, and make another test cut.
- Repeat this process until desired fit is attained.
3- Use Both Outside Blades:
- Never use the chippers by themselves, or with only one outside blade.
- Not using both outside blades can cause personal injury, or damage to the tool.
4- Clean well:
- Be sure all components are clean and free from dust and chips.
- Chips between components may affect performance and damage tools.
5- Multiple passes:
- Wide dadoes remove large amounts of material in a single pass at full depth.
- Multiple passes starting at lower depth of cut may be required for proper control and safety.
March 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Wimer Wish I would have bought first...clean cutting!
Blade very smooth and cuts like butter. I Have owned a few dados and this is by far the most superior blade. So far, I have only made about 50 cuts with it but it is performing great.
April 12, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jeff Good product for the price.
Great for under powered saws. Fairly flat bottom cuts. You get what you pay for.
April 12, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Zach11 Good Cut Quality, but...
I have used a couple of dado stacks and for the price, this one can't be beat. The dado is crisp edges, the bottoms are nice and flat and square. However, getting is set up can be a bit of a trick. They give you a nice chart that stays in the case so you don't lose it, but on the shims themselves, they do not say what they are if they are a 1/16 inch shim or one of the narrower ones. Trying to set up a dado of a non-common thickness I had to resort to a caliper to figure out which shims were which. Would be nice if the shims were laser engraved like the chippers and the blades. Well thought out case that keeps the blades and chippers from spining and knocking together the teeth.
February 23, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Cadjien Pick yourself up a set!
Great dado set, 1/16 increments. They cut a nice flat bottom cut and clean too.
March 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kris Good Dado Set
I've had this stack set for almost a year now, and it still does a great job. Another reviewer made the note about testing on a scrap piece of wood, and he is absolutely right. I use a scrap piece to check for width and depth every time I use the stack. If you find yourself using a lot of the same materials over and over, the same dimension plywood for example, it will become second nature to know exactly how many clippers and shims you'll need; however, you always should check your depth with a scrap piece before you make your real cuts. Something to keep in mind, it is a low tooth count, so making a crosscut dado will require you to go slow and score your cut lines on the edges and top to prevent tear out, but this is really only relevant if you are doing fine woodworking that will leave the cut exposed, such as a rabbited butt joint for a drawer.
I still use this stack constantly, and I would recommend it. I will not lie, I am always looking for better blades for a good value, and I keep coming back to Frued Diablo blades. I will probably end up with some Forrest blades at some point, but that time is not right now.
March 13, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by TL Not sure on the design...
Yes, it does what it's supposed to. It cuts dadoes. But I don't know how I feel about the design of the chippers. I haven't tried another stacked dado set with circular chippers, and I suppose this one hogs through material easier with lower powered saws like mine since the chippers have less teeth, but it causes a very audible vibration that I suspect circular chippers might not cause. It actually sounds somewhat frightening when it gets up to speed. The bottoms of the dadoes it cuts certainly aren't as clean as the ones I've cut on my router table or with a handheld router, it leaves a couple tiny ridges, I'm not too concerned with that though.
The biggest thing for me was the discrepancy between the width that the setup chart states and the actual resulting width. When using it to cut the notches for some 1/4" thick hidden splines, I found that the splines simply wouldn't fit and I had to trim them down. Tried to make a 3/4" slot to fit some T track in for a jig, the T track wouldn't fit. It seems like whatever the chart on the box says, add the 8 thou shim and that and you get a good fit. Not a huge deal but definitely a considerable inconvenience, to me those shims should only have to come out for odd cut widths.
Think I might try the Oshlun 6" set next. It's cheaper, has full-body chippers, and how often am I ever going to cut a dado more than an inch deep?
February 15, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer Great Quality Dado
My only (minor) complaint is the price, but I'm glad I bought this dado set. The quality is top-notch in my opinion. I used it right away with my Bosch table saw as I was making some shelves, and the cuts were good considering I was using the maximum width for the set.
August 18, 2015