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Hard to beat Forrest Saw Blades
on March 17, 2014
I am using this dado set on a "Saw Stop" 3 HP cabinet saw. The set was easy to set up. I first made a saw table insert from baltic birch plywood. It made a great insert for this blade set. Then changed the blade break and removed the riving knife. Finally I used blades and all chippers to produce several 1/4 inch tenons in solid cherry. The blade set ran straight and true. No vibration, no burn, and very little "cleaning" (sanding and chisel work) on the tenons. I have used a Freud set. It was OK, but left a lot of work on the bottom of the dados.
Don't get me wrong, i'll use a router and jig for many dado operations. It is hard to beat the easy set up and perfectly smooth dado bottom. However, there are situations where a dado set is ideal (long dados, tenons, unusual width dados, etc.). This makes the additional set up worth it.
I also like the plastic holder. Someone had written a review complaining about it. It holds the blades securely, and separate from the chippers. The holder has a handle, and provides for storing the case either vertical or horizontal. I don't find it to be flimsy. This was the problem with the case design and inserts on the Freud set I used.
Finally, this set is not cheap. That may be a problem for a home woodworker. If you can't afford it, the Freud set would be a good alternative. If you want a set you will probably never have to replace, from a company who will resharpen it to a like new finish and balance, this is a great tool.