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Is the 500 series dado compatible?

#272553 by natewhitehurst » Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:30 pm

I am new to the SS and relatively new to woodworking. I recently acquired a Mark V 500 series. I am curious to know if the table saw is dado compatible? Does anyone have experience running a dado on the 500 table saw. If so, are there any modifications or anything that need to be made?

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Re: Is the 500 series dado compatible?

#272556 by wa2crk » Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:46 pm

I have used the Shopsmith dado set when my machine was still a 500. So yes. THE PROPER ARBOR MUST BE USED FOR SAFETY. May be unsafe if not.
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Re: Is the 500 series dado compatible?

#272561 by natewhitehurst » Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:28 am

Thanks for the response. I will look into the dado arbor then and get on my way with some box joints. I appreciate your help. Thanks!

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Re: Is the 500 series dado compatible?

#272563 by JPG » Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:56 am

You will likely need a dado table insert if the dado width is significantly wider than about 1/4".

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Re: Is the 500 series dado compatible?

#272567 by ehbowen » Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:43 am

JPG wrote:You will likely need a dado table insert if the dado width is significantly wider than about 1/4".


It looks as if Shopsmith no longer sells a dedicated dado table insert for the 500, but you can get a zero-clearance hardboard insert which you can custom cut by (carefully!) lowering the table over the spinning dado blade. There's also an eBay seller which offers the same kind of insert in a 3-pack at a somewhat better price.

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Re: Is the 500 series dado compatible?

#272569 by edma194 » Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:53 am

I used the dado stack on my first 500 a few times. I mentioned in another thread that I still have the threaded arbor from that even though I passed along the blades. My preference is to use a router or a couple of cuts with a regular blade and chisel it out so I don't really miss it.

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Re: Is the 500 series dado compatible?

#272572 by rpd » Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:04 am

Make your own table insert(s) from wood,
I have done that for my 10ER and it works great.

Zero clearance insert for wobble dado.

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Re: Is the 500 series dado compatible?

#272589 by natewhitehurst » Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:24 pm

Great suggestions! I will look into both options of ebay or making my own throat plate and see which one will work best for me. That will be my next step.

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Re: Is the 500 series dado compatible?

#272597 by garys » Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:43 am

You can make insets from any 1/4" thick material you have laying around. Plywood is often not true sized at 1/4". Check your scrap bins and you should find something that works.
This is a dado insert for my 510 table. I made some for my 500 table too when I had it.

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