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This year I was smart: Rather than let everybody know what stores I usually shop at, I told everybody if they didn’t know what to get me for Christmas, buy me gift cards from Sears. That way I’d be able to stack them to get something good. So Sunday I went and picked up this Freud stacked dado set as my “gift.”

The SD208 dado set can cut flat-bottomed dadoes and grooves from 1/4″ to 7/8″ wide. According to Freud’s own scale, the set achieves a good cut quality in hardwoods, softwoods, chipboard, plywood, and laminates.The set can be resharpened, which is evident looking at the hefty amount of carbide they attach to the blades and chipper.

The dado set comes with two outside blades, three 2-wing chippers, and a shim set all packed in a rigid plastic carrying case, for about 10 sawbucks ($100). Just remember not to throw out the cardboard insert — on the back it has a chart for setting up the dado.

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12 Responses to X-Mas Loot: Freud Stacked Dado Set

  1. tooldork says:

    Mine came with a ton of packing grease and the shims were very slicky.

  2. Kerry Drake says:

    I’ve got this set and I like it a lot.

  3. browndog77 says:

    I have never been disappointed by a Freud product. My 10″ x 80 tooth miter saw blade is over 20 years old & still going strong. I keep it clean & do a light touch-up w/ a diamond file occasionally.

  4. fred says:

    What you might want to do is set up the dado set in a sequential way – making a series of test cuts in a piece of stock – making notations about the setup next to each dado you cut. Hang that board next to your table saw and you’ll have a handy guage for test fitting.

  5. jkeyser14 says:

    Review! I’ve had my eyes on that Dado for a few months now, just haven’t pulled the trigger because its tool cold out to work in my garage.

  6. Ben says:

    Amazon had this set on sale for $54 a couple weeks back for a day, and I bought them then. I was worried the order was going to get canceled because the estimated shipping date was Feb. but I received them last week. Can’t wait to get back in the shop and using them.

  7. Benjamen Johnson says:

    @tooldork:

    I just pulled the entire set out of the case tonight (of course I pulled the top blade out in the store to make sure the shims were there) and the shims weren’t covered in grease or “slicky.” They were dry, but I did notice a bit of rust around where the dimension was etched on them.

    @jkeyser14:

    I’m thinking about it. We’ll see if I have the time. I’d recommend looking at some of the reviews done by the magazines. They actually compare it to other blades. Plus they have much more experience and put the blades through a much more rigorous process than I could in my shop.

    Here’s some reviews I found:
    http://www.table-saw-guide.com/dado-saw-blades.html
    http://www.woodstore.net/dadosets.html ($5 for the pdf)
    https://www.woodtechtooling.com/FreudTooling/FreudSD208.html

    —-
    After pulling the set out of the case I noticed a heavy round disc was packed under the chippers. The documentation and the website don’t mention it. I assume it’s a a stabilizer meant to go on between the arbor nut.

  8. Benjamen Johnson says:

    Never mind the last part of my comment. That round disc was actually three 1/16″ spacers stuck together. Read that first review I linked to, and it explains everything.

  9. Chuck says:

    I have this set, and it works well. Have used it many times building bookcases and cabinets. No real frame of reference, as this was the first (and likely last) set I will buy.

  10. fred says:

    I have no frame of reference either – but reccomend a look at the new Forrest narrow width Dado Set – if you do a lot of thin plywood drawer bottoms.

  11. greg says:

    I have this set, works great!

  12. milton donald says:

    great value and set!

    found a link for a tool sale at sears http://www.centalonlinesales.com

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