7 Best Dado Blade Sets for Table Saw (2020)

Our top Pick: DEWALT DW7670 Stacked Dado Set



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Our pick for the best dado blade set is the Dewalt DW7670. Dewalt is a high quality brand with an excellent reputation in the industry. This stack comes with a generous amount of shims and chippers for a wide range of dado cut sizes. It also comes in a great case that would look great for a gift option.

If you’re here, you know what you want: dado blades! So we’ll be quick with our safety warning. Did you know dado stacks are … discouraged, banned & illegal … in parts of Europe? That’s because they’re considered unsafe.

So, ensure you’re always in compliance with the rules and safety regulations in your jurisdiction. Be safe when using your dado blades and if you’re not familiar with them, have an experienced carpenter or joiner to walk you through it! Always follow the instructions in your tool manuals.

The other thing you need to check before you go ahead and invest in dado blades is to make sure your table saw has a wide enough arbor. Many European table saws have an arbor that won’t fit a dado stack.

Okay, with that said … let’s talk about the best dado blade sets on the market: 

  • DEWALT DW7670 8-Inch 24-Tooth Stacked Dado Set
  • Freud 8″ x 24T Super Dado Sets (SD508)
  • Oshlun SDS-0842 8-Inch 42 Tooth Stack Dado Set
  • Amana Tool – 658060 Carbide Tipped Prestige Dado
  • The Mibro Group 416381 Carbide Stacking Dado Blade Set
  • IRWIN Dado Blade Set
  • CMT Dado Pro Set

Best Dado Blade Sets

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Top Dado Blade Stacks

Blade Size

Quick Review

Our Rating

1. DEWALT DW7670 Stacked Dado Set8 InchA high quality complete dado set from a top brand in the space. Has a generous amount of shims and chippers for a wide range of dado cut sizes. Comes in a great case that would look great for a gift option. (Check Today’s Price on Amazon)

10/10

2. Freud Super Dado Sets6 – 12 InchThis set’s great if you want to pick your size between 6 and 12 inches. If you’re after a larger blade size, go for this model. They’re also very high quality blades from a top brand. (Check Today’s Price on Amazon)

9/10

3. Amana Tool – 658060 Carbide Tipped Prestige Dado8 InchThe big drawing card of this set is the great carry and storage case. The chippers are full bodied to prevent vibration. The rest of the package is standard and will get the job done. (Check Today’s Price on Amazon)

8.5/10

4. Oshlun SDS-0842 Dado Set Stack8 InchA set designed to be affordable for the everyday hobbyist. The full bodied chippers minimize vibration, but it doesn’t come in a decent storage box. (Check Today’s Price on Amazon)

8/10

5. The Mibro Group 416381 Carbide Stacking Dado Blade Set8 InchWhile these blades come in a nice compact reusable packet, the wing-style chippers are not in the style we prefer. Overall, we’re not the biggest fans of this set, but they’re also quite affordable. (Check Today’s Price on Amazon)

7.5/10

6. IRWIN Dado Blade Set8 InchThis dado stack is from a good, well known brand, but you’re getting a lower number of chippers and a very low tooth count from your inner and outer ATB-R blades. (Check Today’s Price on Amazon)

7.5/10

7. CMT Dado Pro Set8 InchThis dado stack is very similar to the Irwin stack above. With all things considered, we personally lean toward the Irwin blades above due to brand reputation. (Check Today’s Price on Amazon)

7.5/10

1. DEWALT DW7670 Stacked Dado Set

Quick Review: A high quality complete dado set from a top brand in the space. Has a generous amount of shims and chippers for a wide range of dado cut sizes. Comes in a great case that would look great for a gift option.


Our Rating: 10/10

The Dewalt DW7670 is an impressive, high quality and very popular dado set. It’s our pick for an ‘all you need in an easy bundle’ set, especially for people who are after their first high quality dado set for their table saw. 

It’s packaged into an excellent carry and storage case to keep your tools pristine for years to come. The presentation of the tools in the case also makes this set great for a gift for your man for his birthday or Christmas.

What you get is a stack of 8-inch dado blades, including the two outer ATB+R 24 Tooth (‘combination’) blades with a -12 degree hook angle, 6 chippers of various sizes and 12 shims of various sizes, allowing you to make dado cuts anywhere from 1/8 Inch to 13/16 Inch wide.

The blades come in your regular 5/8 Inch arbor size, allowing you to fit these on most standard US table saws.

Of the six chippers, you get a variety from each width: 4 x 1/8 Inch, 1 x 1/16 Inch, and 1 x 3/32 Inch. This variety essentially allows you to make dado and rabbet cuts of any size up to 13/16 Inches wide.

They also have a generous amount of included shims. Of the 12 shims, you get 4 shims each of 0.005 Inch, 0.0010 and 0.020 inch sizes to give extra precision for the perfect cut.

Chris Says: “Once again Dewalt rises to the top of our preferences for another table saw product. They’re kicking goals at the moment with their high quality, well packaged products – and this dado stack is just another quality product from the top brand.”

Overall, we like that these blades allow for a range of dado sizes, flush clean flat bottoms, and minimal chip-out in most hardwood and softwood materials – all from a top brand in the table saw industry.

Pros

Cons

Top Brand: Dewalt is a top brand in the industry and one of our go-to brands for jobsite table saws and table saw blades.

Well Packaged: The container and carry case for storing your blades is great quality.

Full Kit: You get everything you need here, including the blades, chippers and shims.

Great from Beginner to Advanced: This is an all round kit for a journeyman joiner all the way down to your home shed enthusiast.

Not much bad to Say: When there’s not much negative to say, we end up giving the product a 10/10.

2. Freud Super Dado Sets

Quick Review: This set’s great if you want to pick your size between 6 and 12 inches. If you’re after a larger blade size, go for this model. They’re also very high quality blades from a top brand.


Our Rating: 9/10

On the Amazon sales page, you can select your blade size from 6 to 12 inch. While many table saw manuals state that you can operate the saw with a smaller size blade, going bigger is usually not recommended. Check your table saw’s manual for instructions on the acceptable size for your saw.

In general, you don’t need a large blade for dado cuts. Larger 12-Inch blades are used for cutting through thick stock. When you’re working with dado cuts, you usually only want shallow cuts to create half-lap joints, corner-lap joints, dental moldings, etc. In other words – size doesn’t matter for 90% of people searching for a dado set.

Chris Says: “The awesome thing about Freud’s dado stack is you can choose your size anywhere from 6 to 12 Inches. Most people get an 8 Inch stack, but if for some reason you or your table saw need a larger stack, this Freud kit will be your go-to choice.”

Nonetheless, it’s nice that Freud offers you an option here – and if you’re in the market for a large blade diameter dado set, this has to be your go-to kit.

In the kit, you get:

  • 2x 8 Inch inner and outer blades designed for your standard 5/8 Inch arbor
  • 4x 1/8 Inch chippers
  • 1 x 3/32 Inch chipper
  • 1x 1/16 Inch chipper
  • A shim set.

This is by and large the stock standard dado stack set that allows you do do dado cuts up to 13/16 Inch wide. 

Freud’s blades are also designed with their “TiCo Hi-Density carbide” which is simply a .8 micron titanium cobalt carbide blend. In simple language, they’re super durable blades that allow a sharp, clean dado cut and minimal edge wear to help with the blade’s longevity. In even simpler language: they’re good quality blades.

The primary complaint about this set is that the packaging itself is somewhat flimsier than other models (including the Dewalt above). 

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Choose your Blade Size: It’s hard to come across 10 and 12 Inch dado blades. This kit will cover you. But do note that just because your regular blade is 10 Inch, that doesn’t mean your dado set should be. Check your saw’s manual.

Quality Blades: The hi-density carbide blades should remain sharp for a long time.

Top Brand: By and large, Freud is a well respected brand.

Packaging: The packaging is not as tough as the cases for other models. If you’re after a set in a nice stable case, you might want to consider the Dewalt models instead.

3. Amana Tool – 658060 Carbide Tipped Prestige Dado

Quick Review: The big drawing card of this set is the great carry and storage case. The rest of the package is standard and will get the job done.


Our Rating: 8/10

This dado set only comes in an 8 Inch size, but that’s the standard size that most people want for a dado set anyway.

So let’s get the foundations out of the way. This one hits all the foundation requirements:

  • Outer and inner hi-ATB blades with a -10° hook angle
  • 4x 1/8 inch chipper blades
  • 1x 3/32 inch chipper blade
  • 1x 1/16 inch chipper blade
  • Shim set

So overall it ticks the primary boxes. We should note that those of you who are surprised it’s operating hi-ATB blades, it also has intermittent FTG (flat top grind) blades (just like an ATB-R combination blade) to ensure a smooth flat bottom and prevent those bat ears we’re all trying to avoid.

Chris Says: “As you can see, the storage and carry case from this model is excellent. But the dado kit itself is good quality, too. The chippers are full bodied and well designed.”

The chippers for this model are not as thick full bodied as, for example, the Oshlun model (this goes to stability and minimizing vibration), but overall we still rate this set higher for the overall package.

But the main thing that stands out for us with this model is the nice storage and carry container. It’s sturdy, compact, and well-designed. It even has a nice carry handle. Our one suggestion: Make sure you open it the right way up or you’ll lose all your shims all over the floor. 

Pros

Cons

Great Carry Case: We really like the carry case – it’s sturdy, stable and easy to carry and store.

Standard Fit: Designed to fit a 5/8 Inch arbor, which is standard size for most table saws. Ensure your table saw will fit it by checking its manual.

Chippers aren’t Full Bodied: There are more full-bodied chippers out there, but these ones still do the trick.

Make sure you Open the Case the Right Way: If you accidentally tip it or don’t open it flat, you’ll lose those shims all over the place.

4. Oshlun SDS-0842 Dado Set

Quick Review: A set designed to be affordable for the everyday hobbyist. The full bodied chippers minimize vibration, but it doesn’t come in a decent storage box.


Our Rating: 8/10

This Oshlun dado set stack comes in either 6 or 8 Inch varieties. You can choose the size on the Amazon product page. The 6 inch variety comes with 30-tooth blades and 5-tooth chippers, while the 8 inch variety comes with 42-tooth blades and 6-tooth chippers.

But let’s get to analysis.

Overall, this set has all the basics you’d expect, including the normal combination of:

  • 4x 1/8″ chippers
  • 1x 3/32″ chipper
  • 1x 1/16″ chipper
  • Shim set

This range of chippers and shims allows for the full range of thin to wide dados, fine-tuned with the shim set, for a precise dado cut. This, of course, is expected and standard for a dado stack. 

The chippers are full bodied which is really nice. This causes less vibration than wing style chippers that come standard in other sets. So props to Oshun for this.

It’s also one of the more affordable dado blade sets on the market today for beginner table saw users – again, props to Oshun.

Now for some weaknesses.

The storage and carrying case is not to the standard you’d expect – and you may notice that the further down we go on the list of our ‘best dado blade sets’, the more we note the quality of the case. It seems that the storage care is quite a solid indicator of quality overall.

The other common complaint about this set is that the shim set sometimes doesn’t perfectly fit the regular 5/8 Inch arbor. This doesn’t seem to be a universal complaint, but there are enough complaints for us to bring it up. 

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Minimal Vibration: The full bodied chippers minimized vibration as compared to wing style chippers on some other sets.

Affordable: This dado stack comes at an affordable price point – but don’t let price be your only factor.

6 or 8 Inch Options: Many people prefer 6 Inch dado sets because they cause less issues fitting with the throat plate.

Storage Case: It doesn’t come with a nice sturdy reusable storage case.

Questions about Shim Quality: There are enough complaints about the shim quality from people who use this product that we’d bring this up. Sometimes the shims don’t seem to fit snugly onto a 5/8 Inch arbor.

5. Mibro 416381 Carbide Stacking Dado Blade Set

Quick Review: While these blades come in a nice compact reusable packet, the wing-style chippers are not in the style we prefer. Overall, we’re not the biggest fans of this set, but they’re also quite affordable.


Our Rating: 7.5/10

This 8 Inch stacking dado blade set allows for up to 13/16″ dado cuts with its full set of stackable blades, clippers and shims. In the pack you get:

  • 2x 8″ x 24 Tooth carbide tipped saw blades
  • 1x 1/16″ inch chipper blade
  • 4x 1/8″ Chipper Blades
  • 7x shims.

You might notice that this set doesn’t come with 3/32″ chippers. This means some cut widths will require you to stack a few more of the 1/16″ chippers for your stack. This isn’t a deal breaker, but it’s annoying and requires more moving parts than necessary. When working with dangerous tools, we like minimal parts!

There are a few things about these blades that also pull them a little further down our list. The chipper blades are also less substantive than we’d like. They’re long thin wing blades rather than full, filled-in chipper blades that would cause less vibration. So overall, we feel the versatility of the blades from this set fall a little short of others on the list.

The shims come in widths ranging from 0.004″ to 0.096″.

In return, you get it at a more affordable price. But overall, we’d prefer the models above which in our opinion are higher quality. 

Pros

Cons

Affordable: While we don’t think price is everything – quality matters – this is an affordable kit.

Reusable Case: While the case isn’t as good as the carry cases reviewed earlier, it’s still reusable and it’s nice and compact.

Not our Favorite Chippers: We prefer full bodied chippers rather than wing-style chippers.

No 3/32″ Chippers: Without a 3/32″ chipper, there is less versatility in your stack.

6. IRWIN Dado Blade Set

Quick Review: This dado stack is from a good, well known brand, but you’re getting a lower number of chippers and a very low tooth count from your inner and outer ATB-R blades.


Our Rating: 7.5/10

The Irwin Maple brand has a strong reputation in the industry. Their made in Italy products are known for longevity and quality – and like their other blades, they boast a heat-resistant non-stick coating. Their blades are quality. But for this particular product, there are a few ways in which it falls short of some competitors.

But let’s start with what to expect.

Expect the stack to be able to cut anywhere from 1/4″ to 7/8″ dadoes, rabbets and tongue and groove cuts into hardwood, softwood, plywood or laminate.

However, the stack isn’t as generous as many competitors. First, the 2 outer blades only contain 12 teeth with significant gaps between teeth. We’d expect at least 24 teeth for the inner out and blades, which is standard on most other models. This goes to smoothness of the cut and finish.

Next, you only get 3 chippers in this stack – about half of what you’d expect in other stacks. Furthermore, the chippers are wing style rather than full bodied. While it’ll do the job, we think you can purchase a more well-rounded kit.

The shims, on the other hand, are decent and to be expected. You get 7 shims ranging from .004” to .02”, which is about standard.

Lastly, the packaging it comes in is quite similar to the Mibro packaging reviewed above – it’s small, compact and reusable, but nothing to write home about.

Pros

Cons

Affordable: It comes in at a price point that beats many of the competitors that are higher rated on this list.

Good Brand: The Irwin brand is known and trusted for their table saw blades.

Reusable Case: While the case isn’t as good as the carry cases reviewed earlier, it’s still reusable and it’s nice and compact.

Chipper Stack: You get less chippers in this stack with a smaller range of sizes than some competitors.

Low Tooth Count: Low tooth count isn’t a bad thing, but this tooth count is really low – we usually look for the 24 tooth count range for our outer and inner blades in a dado stack.

7. CMT Dado Pro Set

Quick Review: This dado stack is very similar to the Irwin stack above. With all things considered, we personally lean toward the Irwin blades above due to brand reputation.


Our Rating: 7.5/10

CMT’s dado stack offering is very similar to the Irwin Maples version above. It, too, offers 2x 12-tooth ATB-R blades. As we noted with the Irwin model, the tooth count is a little below our preference.

The chipper set includes 4x 1/8” and 1x 1/16” chipper – so again, no ‘thin kerf’ sizing of 3/32″ which we like to have for additional versatility. Nonetheless, it still allows you to do substantial dadoes and rabbets up to 13/16″ thick.

Overall this kit is an affordable stack option for your regular 5/8″ arbor table saw. One significant positive point about this one is its -12° hook angle which we personally like as it prevents an overly aggressive ‘pull’ from the saw which can often lead to kickback issues. But again, you’ll get a similar experience with some others on this list.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Affordable: It comes in at a price point that beats many of the competitors that are higher rated on this list.

Reusable Case: While the case isn’t as good as the carry cases reviewed earlier, it’s still reusable and it’s nice and compact.

Chipper Stack: You get less chippers in this stack with a smaller range of sizes than some competitors.

Low Tooth Count: Low tooth count isn’t a bad thing, but this tooth count is really low – we usually look for the 24 tooth count range for our outer and inner blades in a dado stack.

Buyers Guide: Key Considerations for a Dado Blade Set

Legality in your Jurisdiction

Dado blade sets for table saws are not legal in all jurisdictions. In particular, areas of the UK and Europe may disallow or discourage the use of dado blade sets due to safety reasons. And there are some serious safety considerations even for those of us in North America.

First, dado stacks are heavy and therefore take longer to stop than a single blade. This means they may take well over a second to stop after you hit the emergency brake on your cabinet table saw. Second, they often require you to remove your spliter or riving knife as well as the safety cover. This means the blade is much more exposed than usual, and can cause serious damage to the operator.

Overall, safety and fit of a blade for your circumstances is your responsibility – we can only give “general information for entertainment purposes”. But one thing to be careful about is that you’re operating your machinery both legally and safely according to your tool’s manual and local laws.

Wide Arbor Table Saw and Throat Plate

You should also make sure you have a table saw with a wide arbor. Two things to consider here: the arbor itself (chances are if you’ve got a UK, Australian or European model, your arbor will be too thin. Most contractor table saw models targeted for the US market have arbors designed to fit dado stacks. Check your manual). The other thing is the throat plate. You’ll also need a specified throat plate that’s wide enough for a dado stack.

Some people create their own zero clearance throat plate if they don’t have one thick enough. This will all depend on the table saw you own and, of course, your skills. Here’s a great video on how to create a zero clearance throat plate:

Overall, you’ll get much better results with a quality dado and rabbet cuts with zero clearance throat plates.

Chipper Quality

We like full bodied chippers rather than wing style. A wing style chipper is long and thin rather than a fully rounded blade. Overall, full bodied chippers tend to cause less vibration and lead to more stability. On the other hand, you need some serious gullet space to help funnel out the excessive sawdust. Take a look at the images of the chippers in the images of each product and you’ll see even the full bodied ones have a lot of empty space for dealing with all that saw dust that dado cuts create.

Number of Chippers and Shims

All good dado stacks come with chippers and shims. But personally we’d like a stack that has a good range of chipper thicknesses. Some come with 3/32 Inch chippers (e.g. ‘thin kerf’ sized) as well as 1/8 Inch and 1/16 Inch. Overall, most stacks will ensure you have enough to customize your size pretty well. But with a wider range of thicknesses there are less moving parts in the stack.

Storage and Carry Case

This really varies. Some dado stacks come in cheap cardboard packaging, others come in cheap plastic reusable packages, and others come in high quality carry cases. We’re obviously bigger fans of the quality carry cases that allow you to store and carry your dado stacks nearly. The Dewalt and Amana models in this list both have high quality storage and carry cases that we like the most out of all the products on the list. 

5/8″ Arbor

Most dado stacks are designed to fit on a 5/8″ arbor. And most table saws have a 5/8″ arbor. But if you’ve got a table saw with a different sized arbor, you might be out of luck. Make sure you ensure the dado stack you buy fits the arbor size on your table saw.

Final Thoughts

A dado stack can be very useful for joinery work. They have some big advantages over routers for creating clean, smooth, and fast dado cuts, rabbets and tongue and groove cuts. When looking for a dado set, we keep our eye on the quality and quantity of the chippers, the fit for the saw, and the quality of the blade case. From these measures, we’re bullish on the Dewalt model at the top of this list. You need to make a decision for yourself and your own circumstances – but we hope this general information has been useful.

Cheers,
Chris & Simon.