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    I was reading in a magizine that on TS with smaller motors (like the 3650) the smaller 6" dado blades are better. What is your experience with them and will I be able to cut reasonably deep dados with the 6"?

    I am thinking about the Freud SD506.

    Thanks.
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    I am using a 7" Vermont set with good results. If the depth of cut isn't a problem, the big thing will be the profile of the cut, which has to do with the maker of the set (many posts on this in other threads). I can get over an inch of depth, but most of my stuff is around the 3/8 to 1/2 depth on the dado and I am using these because that's what I had when I upgraded to the TS3650.
    I did make my own inserts for them, though, so that my have something to do with it. Some of the more knowledgeable members can probably address that.
    Last edited by Gofor; 01-22-2006, 07:21 PM.
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    • #3
      6" dado blades or 8"?

      I would suggest an 8" dado set if you ever plan to use this with a sled.

      Carl

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      • #4
        Originally posted by BigGreyS
        I was reading in a magizine that on TS with smaller motors (like the 3650) the smaller 6" dado blades are better. What is your experience with them and will I be able to cut reasonably deep dados with the 6"?

        I am thinking about the Freud SD506.

        Thanks.

        Even with an underpowered saw (not that the 3650 is one) you can make multiple passes to accomplish a deep dado which might strain such a saw. FWIW.
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        Chiz
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        • #5
          One area to consider is amp draw. If you're running your saw on 115/120V the lighter 6" sets will be easier to spin at start-up.
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          • #6
            8" Dado set

            I've been using an 8" dado set on my 3650 (115v) for a couple years. No promlemo!
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            • #7
              Thank you. I think that I will go with the 8 inch.
              Sometimes it is better to appear like an idiot, then to open your mouth and prove someone right.

              Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati
              (When all else fails, play dead)

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