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Freud SD206 6-Inch Professional Dado

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4.6 out of 5 stars 449 customer reviews
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6-Inch Professional Dado
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  • An ideal dado set for smooth, flat-bottomed grooves
  • Provides splinter-free cuts
  • Anti-kickback design
  • 5/8-inch arbor
  • Limited lifetime warranty
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Product Description

Style: 6-Inch Professional Dado

Product Description

Freud's quality and craftsmanship in a stacked dado set, but at a wobble dado price. The negative hook angles make flat botom grooves and virtually splinter-free cuts. It has two outer blades with five two wing chippers. This makes it ideal for underpowered saws because it requires less power to feed. All blades come with Freud's anti-kickback design. This set will produce grooves from 1/4" to 13/16" in 1/16" increments. This set comes with shim set and carrying case as well as instructions on how to make basic dado sizes. Feature Freud's Tico Hi-Density carbide.


Clean edges, square shoulders, and flat bottoms: the Freud SD206 Six-Inch Professional Dado Set cuts with ultimate precision, so you can achieve them all. This is your go-to set for efficiently creating dadoes and grooves in a wide range of materials from hardwood to laminate. Boasting thick MicroGrain carbide tips and an anti-kickback design, the set's two outside blades can be resharpened for long-term accuracy. For added versatility, the kit cuts grooves spanning 1/4 to 7/8 inch and includes a shim set.

Resharpening Blades for Smooth, Splinter-Free Dadoes
The perfect dado set for the fine cabinetmaker or weekend woodworker, the Freud SD206 produces dadoes and grooves that meet with flush, even edges. So you can be assured of precise cuts every time, the set is equipped with precision-grade features, starting with two proprietary outside blades that can be resharpened to deliver accuracy for the long term.

These high-quality six-inch, 10-tooth blades with 5/8-inch arbors cut dadoes and grooves that are clean, flat, and virtually splinter free. Cuts made by these blades are accurate the first time, saving you from making repeated passes over the same workpiece.

Flexibility for Cutting Hardwoods, Laminates, and More
The Freud SD206 accommodates a wide range of materials, so you can use it from project to project. And because it requires less power to feed, it is ideal for use with underpowered saws. Use it to create dadoes and grooves in hardwood, softwood, chip board, plywood, and laminate (not recommended for non-ferrous materials).

Two-Wing Chippers and Shim Set for Fine Adjustments
The set includes three 1/8-inch chippers and three 1/16-inch spacers to save you time and energy. With their two-wing design, the chippers efficiently remove waste material and smooth the edges of your workpiece. Plus, they allow you to fine-tune your cuts from 1/4 to 7/8 inch, so you have accurate control over the desired width.

And with the Freud SD206's included shim set, you never have to give up making dadoes with a workpiece that's too thin to fit the width of your dado blades. This handy shim set expands the range of your kerf adjustments, giving you even greater control for achieving a flawless finished workpiece.

Anti-Kickback Design for Safe Operation
The quality of this dado set is enhanced by its anti-kickback design, which gives you an added margin of safety while you work.

MicroGrain Carbide Tips for Long-Lasting Performance
So you can get maximum performance out of this set, the blade components are constructed with Freud's TiCo Hi-Density Carbide. This means the blades can withstand numerous sharpenings and still retain their precision. And a Tri-metal Brazing process gives the blades impact resistance, so they last for the long term without dulling (a condition that can cause torn wood and uneven cuts).

About Freud: A History of Innovative Manufacturing
An industry leader for more than 50 years, Freud America, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of superior carbide cutting tools for the woodworking industry. Freud is the only manufacturer of woodworking tools in the world that produces its own MicroGrain Carbide with Titanium, called TiCo, a high-density combination of Titanium and Cobalt.

By producing its own carbide, Freud has the unique ability to formulate each tool for each specific application, thereby maximizing the cutting life and performance of the tool. Freud's full line of high-quality woodworking tools includes saw blades, router bits, shaper cutters, power tools, and more.

This product is covered by Freud's Limited Lifetime Warranty.

What's in the Box
Freud SD206 Six-Inch Professional Dado, two six-inch outside blades, set of steel shims, three 1/8-inch chippers, and three 1/16-inch shapers. Storage case included.

Product Information

Style:6-Inch Professional Dado

Technical Details

Part Number SD206
Item Weight 4 pounds
Product Dimensions 6.9 x 9.6 x 9.6 inches
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Item model number SD206
Style 6-Inch Professional Dado
Item Package Quantity 1
Cutting Diameter 6 inches
Assembled Diameter 6 inches

Additional Information

ASIN B0000223O8
Customer Reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars 449 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #15,413 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#7 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tool Parts & Accessories > Saw Blades, Parts & Accessories > Blades > Table Saw Blades
Shipping Weight 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available November 8, 1999

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From the Manufacturer

Diameter Teeth Arbor Hook Angle Kerf Grind Plate
6" 10 5/8" - - - -

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Style Name: 8-Inch Professional Dado
I used these blades on a 1hp, 3450rpm Craftsman tablesaw. I am pretty experienced at rough carpentry and am just now getting into finer woodworking.

First of all... these reviews include many people complaining about how difficult it is to put the shims on and off... I dunno, I'm a VERY impatient person, but I found the 5 seconds it takes to add/remove a shim worthwhile.

Also, some folks had said that the measurements are "nominal" and not actual... who knows? Bottom line is that you need to do a test with scrap wood to make sure you have exactly what width you want... (and doing a test with scrap wood is a good woodworking practice and a good habit to form.)

In the "box": the outer blades, chippers, shims, and a case/rack which holds it all quite well. (Note, most other sets in this price range don't come with shims.) Freud includes instructions which are pretty straightforward, but again you should run scrap because every bit of wood is different -- not to mention that humidity can affect the thickness of your stock.

I find this set to be excellent and well priced. Couldn't be happier. Easy to use, well packaged in a carryall/case.

Worked so well my wife thought Norm had dropped by to help me.


EDIT: I've now had this set for years and have since upgraded nearly ALL my tools, including the purchase of a cabinet saw. I still feel no need to upgrade this dado set. Works great and gives nice flat dados.
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Style Name: 8-Inch Professional Dado
I just put this through the paces rabbeting (yes that's how it's really spelled) several drawers I installed under the bed (much to my wife's delight). Very accurate and well made blades. One word of advice: the blades and wing chippers cut 1/32" light of their stated width. I think this is because plywood is is 1/32" light of its nominal thickness, ie 1/2" plywood is actually 15/32". So this is actually a good thing for cutting grooves for plywood. To actually get 1/2" thickness, add two of the shims supplied with the blade. The nly reason I'm not giving this 5 stars is that the directions don't give you this handy tidbit, I figured it out with a test cut and some research.
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By A Customer on October 14, 2001
Style Name: 8-Inch Professional Dado
Good quality for the money. Never used a stacked dado set before. I was surprized how heavy the full stack was. Cut quality I thought was very good. The only problem I had was when stacking the set on the arbor of my saw, the thinnist shim .008 kept dropping into the grooves of the threads and prevented full tightening of the stack. Make sure the shim(s)are fully up against the blade before tightening. I guess someone who'd had experience with stacked dados would have known this, But I didn't. Their were no instructions for first time users. Just a diagram to determine your blade combinations. All in all I was very happy with the purchase.
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Style Name: 6-Inch Professional Dado Verified Purchase
I purchased this dado set on the recommendations of my brother, who is a professional finish carpenter and cabinet maker. He only uses Freud blades. I had previously had another brand that was fine for ripping dadoes but destroyed any wood during crosscut dadoes. The set arrived last saturday and I dropped what I was doing and had to try it out. I spent two hours "playing " with the set, cut dado's in melamine, birch plywood, oak plywood, solid maple and oak, mdo and mdfb. Man, this is a great little set. Though smaller than the set my brother uses (same set my Dad used for years), it suits my so called "underpowered" saw. Every dado was as clean as anyone could hope to accomplish, even on crosscuts. The tearout was so minimal, it's not worth talking about. The channel is clean and flat, every bit as nice as any dado I ever cut with a router. No burning and the feed rate is consistant with what I would use for crosscutting veneer plywood. After recieving the set, I recieved my latest copy of "American Woodworker", they had just done a review of dado sets and the SD206/208 was rated "Best Buy". For those of us that do this for fun, this is definitly a "Best Buy".
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By A Customer on February 10, 2004
Style Name: 8-Inch Professional Dado
I purchased the Freud dado set sever months ago. Until recently I have been using it on plywood, MDF and Melamine . It worked great. However, recently I was making 3/8? finger joints on some hard maple stock, the blade pushed the maple and resulted in finger joints that did not work. I repeated the process with heavy clamping to the jig, same result.
For the price it is an excellent dado blade. I like the fact that the blades will give you a Dado that is slightly under the fractional size. If your ? plywood was manufactured to 0.740 it would be a bummer to have to stack up 0.057 in shims to get you from 11/16 (.688) to .745 for the proper sized dado. With the Freud set, you can stack up the chippers to get close, and then add just a few shims.
I would recommend purchasing the Freud shims with a 1? hole. The shims that come with the blade have a 5/8 hole. These shims can be tricky to use since they can catch in the threads on the arbor. If you can, put the shims next to the first outside blade so that the shims are on the solid part of the arbor, and not the threaded section.
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