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  • TS2400 Dado Problem

    I purchased my TS2400 several years ago due to limited space. After purchasing the saw I needed to dado some joints so I purchased an Oldham 7" carbide adjustable dado. The saw could not maintain the elevation adjustment. Contacted Customer Service and was sent a new shaft (should have saw that coming). Replaced the shaft same problem. Because it is a portable saw I considered the dado, because of its type (adjustable) might be the problem. I then purchased an Avenger Premium Fine dado set and the problem is still there. The saw has performed flawlessly in all other aspects.
    Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. I don't want to go back to Customer Service for another shaft.
    Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    If what you're saying is that the dados don't have flat bottoms then more than likely the problem lies in the dado sets and not the saw. Not to criticize but both sets that you mentioned would fall somewhere between 2 and 6 on a scale of 1-10 when rated on quality with the Oldham being the lower rated of the two.
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    • #3
      Here's a review of some dado sets done by American Woodworker magazine in 2001.
      http://www.rd.com/americanwoodworker...DadoBlades.pdf

      While it does not evaluate the Avenger stacked dado set, it did review the Oldham dado. It also gives you some background on what to look out for when purchasing a dado set. Wobble type dados were not even considered as their performance is so poor they are not even in the running, and might help you understand the nature of your problem.
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      • #4
        The 2400 does not have a lock on the hieght adjustment. The downward pressure of the wood against your dado set is causing the adjustment to slip. Set your dado to the required hieght and then put a clamp on the adjusting handle against the bottom of the saw so that the wheel cannot turn in the down direction.
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        • #5
          Thanks

          First thanks for the responses it did start me thinking. BadgerDave and Bob D. I realize the quality of the dado set isn't that great, considering the saw, I wasn't expecting a fine finish. Although I consider the saw to be very good I would not put it at the high end for quality woodworking. I purchased it primarily to use for general home repair so I couldn't see purchasing a $150 dado set when the saw didn't cost much more than. Like I said, other then the blade height, the saw has done everything I intended. PapaDan, thanks I'll try the clamp. I should have thought of that. But again thanks to all for the responses.

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          • #6
            Brady, sorry to disagree with you but that 2400 will produce the same results as the best table saws made by anyone. If you have it tuned correctly it will perform correctly. You use a halfassed blade on that saw and get H.A. results same goes for a 3650, unisaw, or any brand. The TS2400 is not an infferior tablesaw, it is just designed for portability. I have had mine for several years and will put my woodworking up against anyones.
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            • #7
              I just looked at the online manual and on page 15 it shows a blade elevation lock knob. Are you guys missing something here? It looks to be the same lock setup as my 3650.
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              • #8
                Just saw that in the manual. I will lok on my saw when I get out there. Have never noticed it before. Only had this saw for 3 years. LMAO Thanks TOD
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                • #9
                  Update!!!!!!

                  Brady and I both have the old gray model TS2400. I now know of one difference in the old and new orange model. The online manual shows the arbor hieght lock, but that manual is for the new orange 2400. The old grays like we have do NOT have an arbor lock on them. So it's back to using clamps on the handle to keep the dados from pushing down the blade hieght on the TS2400 (gray).
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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the update.I was in HD the other day and looked at the newer orange one and it does have one simular to the 3650 like the book shows.
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                    • #11
                      Dan, have you looked to see the difference in the two models? Maybe you can back-fit the locking mechanism to the older 2400.
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                      • #12
                        I was thinking that Bob. Will get out my original manual and compare parts against the new one to see if they will work.
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