Ridge Carbide - Dado Head NW8-DM-DSRidge Carbide’s 8-piece dado set has the standard 8-in.-dia. stacking set and comes with three chippers of varying thicknesses.
Most woodworkers buy only one set of dado heads, so it’s important to find one that works well at the right price. Author Steve Latta tested 15 sets of 8-in. stacked dado sets with carbide teeth. He and his students compared more than 500 samples of dadoes cut cross-grain in red-oak veneer-core plywood and in particleboard-core melamine. They evaluated tearout, how deeply the outside blades cut a visible scribe, and whether the bottom of the cut was flat and smooth. Ridge Carbide’s 8-in. dado head produced good cuts in plywood and excellent cuts in melamine; there were no visible scoring marks and bottom cuts were smooth.
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