Left tilt unisaw + dado blade???

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Dennis
At the boat shop we have a 10" left tilt unisaw and it appears we can't fit an 8" dado blade. Anybody have any ideas? We were looking at the freud SD600 dial a width dado set, but have no idea how it does. Any help would be great.

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Dennis
 

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Chris
I have a left tilt unisaw and I use my 8" dado set all the time. I've never heard of this problem before. Can you elaborate on what part doesn't fit?
 

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Dennis
This belongs on the wall of shame, but here it goes.

The guys in the shop told me today they just didn't want to cut my throat plate. I was like what?! Thats what i get for assuming. You know the saying. My fault for not checking and thanks for responding so quickly.

dennis
 
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Dennis,

The biggest advantage of the SD608 is one can make shim-free settings on the dado, but there is a "price" for that expensive convenience -- the two outer hubs add significantly to the mounting width that the blade takes on the saw arbor, thus limiting the maximum width of the dado that can be cut. I personally have the less expensive, but incredibly accurate SD508 dado set that comes with plenty of shims to fine-tune the dado width. I've used it to a full 13/16" on my 10" Grizzly cabinet saw.

By the way, table saw inserts are easy to make from 1/2" Baltic Birch plywood and four set screws to level them. Just trace the saw's standard insert onto a piece of 1/2" BB and rough cut it a bit over sized. Then sandwich the two with double sided tape or hot melt glue and pattern cut to exact size on a router table. Once made, cut the saw blade slot with the dado blade raised slowly through the insert that is clamped down with a scrap board. Use this method to make zero clearance inserts for other blades, too (Raise an 8" blade to make the initial cut through the insert.)

Rob
 
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toolferone

This belongs on the wall of shame, but here it goes.

The guys in the shop told me today they just didn't want to cut my throat plate. I was like what?! Thats what i get for assuming. You know the saying. My fault for not checking and thanks for responding so quickly.

dennis
Dennis, That is way to funny! :rolf:
 

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Dennis
Rob

Thanks for the insight in the dial a blade. I don't think i can justify the cost of the set for the type of cutting we're doing. Not finely tuned dado joints but mostly hogging out material before fine tuning with a router.

This site and people like yourself are a great value to me and i think others in the industry. Its hard keeping up with every piece of equipment. I build yacht interiors but it seems like I spend days tracking down granite and getting designers to confirm faucets. The information on this site with its members is an ace in my sleeve.

thanks
dennis
 
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