Dado set for SawStop

  • February 28, 2020 11:14 AM
    Message # 8781868

    Apparently SawStop has some limitation on what is recommended for styles of dado sets.  I have the Freud Super Dado and have loved it but I've been told that if this trips the SawStop it can damage the arbor.

    I think the problem is the part of the blade circled in the attached photo.

    Does anyone have suggestions on a good dado set that will work with the SawStop?

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  • February 29, 2020 6:33 AM
    Reply # 8783812 on 8781868

    I've got a set by Amana and it works well.

  • February 29, 2020 8:01 AM
    Reply # 8783876 on 8781868

    Thanks for bringing this up.  SawStop says

    ' Further, blades with depth-limiting shoulders may take longer to stop in the event of an accident than standard blades, and you could receive a more serious injury. Therefore, SawStop recommends using blades without depth-limiting shoulders.'

    I've got to check my dado set for this...


  • March 01, 2020 9:54 AM
    Reply # 8785001 on 8781868
    Deleted user

    This is interesting. I have had my sawstop for 8 years and remember that there was very little guidance on dados other than it had to be an 8 inch set and that the width of the dados was limited. I have the Freud set and have not had any issues, but the cartridge has never fired with the dado in. Would have been nice for SS to notify all owners!

  • March 02, 2020 9:50 AM
    Reply # 8786568 on 8781868

    Does anyone have any experience with this:

    Ridge Carbide Dado Set

  • March 03, 2020 6:01 AM
    Reply # 8790558 on 8781868

    2 years ago when I was shopping for a new cabinet saw, I considered the Sawstop. It is by far the best made machine on the market. fit, finish, and operation the best. The one problem I could not resolve was the ease of use of a Dado pack, and the use of a 7 1/4" circular saw blade for very thin parts. 

    I was told by the salesman at the time that either was no problem, there is a switch inside the cabinet to turn off the sensors? I then asked "then why have them". A blank stare and a shoulder shrug was my answer. 

    I bought a new Grizzly Cabinet saw, it does everything I need and want, and like all woodworkers before, always use push sticks and pay attention to where my hands and fingers are in relation to the spinning blade.

    Good luck finding the correct Dado Pack, and the Salesman did tell me you can buy an accessory Dado Cartridge that takes 5 to 10 minutes to change over when needed?

    Jim Allen

  • March 03, 2020 7:07 AM
    Reply # 8790644 on 8781868

    We have a SawStop at Brooksby Woodshop and it works very well.  It takes my Forrest dado set.  You do have to change the cartridge to the 8" one to use the dado blades.  It is a nuisance so I do most of my smaller dado work on the router table.  It will not work with a 7-1/4" thin blade so is very wasteful if you are making bandings.  There is a 1/16" 10" blade available from Infinity Cutting Tools but it costs about $170.  

  • March 03, 2020 8:13 AM
    Reply # 8791379 on 8781868

    I neglected to say that at Brooksby we replace the saw cartridge about every six months.  Can's say every one was a finger saver.  I tripped it once when I was cutting aluminum.  So focused on how the blade would deal with the aluminum I total forgot about the electrical conduction path.  One member tripped it when  removing a small cutoff and touched the blade disk when it was almost stopped.  So note that if the blade is turning at all, it will trip.

  • March 10, 2020 10:50 AM
    Reply # 8818868 on 8781868

    I have a SawStop and a Freud dado set that I use with a SS cartridge for 8" blades.  In addition I take Open Shop classes at The Eliot School which has the same setup.  No problems at either place in five years.  Barring metal lurking in the wood, cutting a dado is an unlikely scenario to trip the brake since the blade is buried in the wood and not exposed to fingers or tape rules during the cut.

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