What’s the Deal with DADO Blades? | MORE MINUTES

What’s the Deal with DADO Blades? | MORE MINUTES


  1. William Winder says:

    So a Dado blade is more dangerous than a normal blade? Thats like saying Bird shot is more dangerous than Buck shot.

  2. MayTheLightBeWithYou says:

    Using DADO blade is prohibited by EN and IEC standards. Therefore this is not offered in the European market.

  3. Lia Flexx says:

    California Air Tools makes an awesome 8 gallon air compressor for about $160 on Amazon. It's conversation quite and oil-less. I love mine!

  4. Pale Writer says:

    Do NOT want to know what you're doing with that MicroJig Gripper ! ! ! ! ! !

  5. steve heslop says:

    If dado blades are outlawed in Europe, the people who made that regulation simply don't know anything about dado blades – which is the case with almost all regulations.

    I've used table saws and dado blades for many years, and, if anything, dado blades are safer than a saw blade. With a dado blade, your table saw will run smoother and quieter, and it will stop quicker after being turned off than it will with a single saw blade on it – not that I understand what is dangerous about saw running on after it is turned off. Well, for that matter, I don't understand what is dangerous about a saw kicking a piece of wood out either – unless you're talking about the danger to the piece of material that you're working on. Then sure, that's a danger to your material. I've had a piece of wood kick back and hit me in the hand and it hurt. One peeled back a good sized chunk of meat on the pad of my thumb. I must say, that hurt. That was like a nasty cut and a nasty bruise in one blow. Oh, I also had, about a quarter sheet of plywood, kick back, hit me in the stomach, and knock me off my feet. But do I consider a kick back dangerous? Mmmm ……… no. Material, when it is kicked back, is always kicked back, away from the saw blade. I'm sure your shower is far more dangerous. And I have never had anything kick back while using a dado blade. Obviously, it is far less likely to have a wide, heavy, dado blade kick something back than a saw blade. Obviously, the thinner your saw blade, the more likely it is to kick something back. As a matter of fact, I can't imagine how a dado blade would kick something back.

  6. Josh McCullough says:

    If they are actually illegal, that is quite a ridiculous law!

  7. Dan Wood says:

    The question that you had on the air compressor having to guages.  The one labled tool is adjustable with the red knob that you pointed out.  That way your tank will still shut off at 130psi. However with the red knob you can regulate the air pressure going to the tool down to a workable range usually around 90psi for a nail gun.  Hope this helps.  Thanks for the videos.

  8. Joe Public says:

    Dado or air compressor video?

  9. Thicc Jim says:

    The tool gauge gives you the pressure in your line to your tool and tank the pressure in your tank supplying. Few reasons for separate gauges. Main ones I use them is to find a leak on my lines or a blockage between line and tank. Also if you have a pressure release valve on your compressor, they won't release the pressure in the line. So the line gauge is to let you know there's still pressure in the line as well. Can be dangerous. Not too much with air comps but I use oxy-acetylene brazing kits and if you leave the lines charged you could be looking as a boom! Edit: Also a safety feature so you don't wreck your tools lol. Forgot that one 😂 love your stuff Steve!

  10. Mahnarch says:

    Back in 1536 A.D. Baron Von Dado IV snubbed the Dutchess of Carpentaria on her 18th birthday and the Dado Blade has been outlawed ever since.

  11. Patje Huitinga says:

    Lol, “buying a compressor from a local hardware store… 3 hours later”.

  12. TheBlueMelon says:

    As far as safety goes in the UK we must have a crown guard fitted to the top a circular saw blade in professional environments and so using a dado blade would for rebates would not be possible.

  13. Christopher Johns says:

    Dado blades are brilliant, wobble saw blades – not so much

  14. lance P says:

    Tool pressure can be turned down as to not damage some tools. Some have a sticker saying max pressure 90 psi. To much can blow out seals.

  15. Noah Dale says:

    You are going so fast on the highway! Slow down!

  16. Itachi Uchiha says:

    Love looking at your videos. You have a pleasant personality and creat a comfortable atmosphere for viewers.

  17. zack9912000 says:

    I so do not miss CA

  18. Porridge says:

    You sound like the next door neighbour from honey I shrunk the kids

  19. duolg toy says:

    25 in. drawer with 24 in. slides move over bruce Willis

  20. Myrkskog says:

    So I'm told, it's down to not being able to see the blade. As a table saw you are typically cutting through the entire piece of wood, whereas a dado, the blade is hidden in the wood.

  21. Bryant Murphy says:

    have that same compressor, found it in the trash nothing wrong with it, just the drain plug was wide open, love it. great for Brad nailer

  22. Tina Marles says:

    Steve – could you please please please make a short video on how to use and set up a dado stack? I'm an absolute beginner and signed up for your course where you list to get a dado stack. Now I did, but have no idea how to use it correctly since I havent even used a table saw yet. Pretty please 🙂

  23. Night Stringers says:

    Well Steve if you don't have a dog you can take your air compressor for a walk … Kitty cat what a gorgeous cat

  24. Aaron Blakely says:

    I think the issue is that the blade has to stop within a few seconds of the power cutting off or the stop button being pressed and dado blades are heavier so would require more complex manufacturing. So the manufacturers just go with the easy option and limit it to single blades for liability reasons. I know felder do a dado type thing but not sure if it's called the same thing

  25. P Dee says:

    Those fine, inspired minds in Germany, have peoples welfare in mind and spend each long day finding ways to keep us all safe. Since using dados has become illegal dozens of men have been spared the agony of having a digit savagely ripped away. With that same kind, altruistic spirit, knowing full well that people can be careless when in a rush; I hear that next it shall be made illegal to sell men's trousers with zippers.

  26. Alan Biocca says:

    When you get tired of all the noise that compressor makes do the research and get a quiet one. Makita and others have some that are a lot less annoying to the ears.

  27. Canaan says:

    That sounds about right I'm pretty sure you're not allowed to go outdoors in Europe unless you've got on a condom sunscreen safety glasses and three layers of bubble wrap

  28. EžeronaS says:

    In eastern Europe (Poland, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine) there is a company called Belmash, and their table saws are multifunctional, accept dado blades (with 30mm hole), and they're really cheap, Belmash SDM-2500 costs only around €440/$510 when on discount.

  29. John 44070 says:

    Proof that anyone can be a star.

  30. John Martinez says:

    I started laughing when the air compressor starting dancing.

  31. Dave Roberts says:

    Dado blades illegal? We're from the government and we're here to help.

  32. 4lifejeph says:

    I've been wanting to know the answer to this for a long time and after the watching the video I still would like to know the answer.

  33. spyguyjim says:

    Read the manual! Lol

  34. kiddillon1 says:

    I just wasted 6 minutes and 23 seconds of my life watching this useless and uninformed video.

  35. hojo70 says:

    I always throw those silica packets in my socket and wrench drawers

  36. gary K says:

    The problem in Europe is that all the countries have Socialized Medicine. One of the HUGE problems with expecting the government to confiscate money from everyone else (taxes) and then use the money they confiscated from other people's earnings to pay for your medical expenses is that people don't like taxes…and the government has an incentive to BAN anything which they believe increases the medical expenses they have to tax people to pay for. Get it? Restricting YOUR freedom helps politicians politically because it means less taxes. Politicians LOVE anything that helps them politically.

    In the USA, if you cut off your fingers with your dado blade or hedge trimmer or chain saw or shoot yourself in the foot with the handgun in your pocket or injure yourself with other fun "freedom toys" …YOU (or the insurance YOU pay for) covers the cost, NOT the government using money confiscated from other people. When you FORCE everyone else to pay for YOUR mistakes, then everyone else is going to want to restrict YOUR freedom to do as you choose. That SUCKS! It is probably the main incentive that millions of people from countries with restrictive gun laws and "free" medicine try to immigrate illegally to the USA every year…and claim "asylum" from high crime and poor health conditions. !!!!!!! Obviously, dado blades and handguns are better than "free" medicine and "low" crime. Sometimes I wish the USA was even as close to being as bad as the freedom hating politicians say it is…we wouldn't need a border wall!

    Aside from the fact that thinking politicians can handle YOUR medical care better than YOU can is an indication of mental retardation and zombielike submission, they will begin restricting everything else you are FREE to do since they now have a stake in it when you chop off your fingers.

    I digress. It happens.

    Be careful! In 50+ years using dado blades I have never had a problem of any kind, and my only injury in a woodshop in 50+ years was a little "nick" on my thumb from a a relatively "safe" band saw. When the saw was OFF!!!!!!!!

  37. Robert Hughes says:

    Dildos have blades ?

  38. Mark Reynolds says:

    SawStop with a dado set and the appropriate cartridge. Job done.

  39. pdgeman says:

    you were suppose to screw the hose into the compressor and put the connect on the hose, i believe.

  40. William Lovett says:

    Tank gage tells you tank pressure, tool gage tells you the pressure you are sending to the tool.

  41. Adam Lindsay says:

    A friend of mine says that Wobble Blades are not used in Europe, well Austria is where he was. He never heard of any legality but he couldn't find them but did find a stack dado, this was 17yr ago so thing may have changed

  42. Ross l says:

    tool pressure gauge is the pressure thats been put out to the tool but it will show the same pressure as the tank unless the tool is being used then it will drop

  43. Hue Janus says:

    Should have went cordless!

  44. D L says:

    So, by making long arbors hard to get, those with short arbors will be tempted to take chances with trying to squeeze a dado where none should go.

    Sounds like bureaucratic nonsense at it's finest.

    I think I'll start marketing long arbor table saws in europe. I see a market for them.

  45. xclimatexcoldxx says:

    If that's illegal then omfg. How can something so stupid be illegal but not guns?

  46. charles hetrick says:

    Re Dado Blades, screw the nanny state. But I found this.

    Hi all

    The reason for dado blades being banned in the UK was initially due to the high number of people chopping serious bits out of fingers and hands and due to the nature of the injury, repairs were not usually very good! The EU Directives do then prohibit. The problem in using a dado blade many people do not make any form of guarding to compensate for removing the top/crown guard. Contrary to what everyone says about 'I'll be carefull' I had the pleasure of investigating dozens or hand injuries on table saws, spindles, radial arm saws, planers …… and in many – not all – cases guards were not in place or adequate. People do make mistakes – often.

    Please don't just mock elf n safety as if it is there to stop everyone doing what they want, the vast majority of the rules spring from real experience. In case you are interested I was one of Her Majesties Inspectors of Factories and responsible for enforcing the safety laws. The majority of silly stuff you read/hear about where health and safety is used as the excuse are usually total rubbish. In this case its for a good reason.

    Regarding the States and allowing dado blades – put the correct sticker on something and you suddenly find the litigation in America can disappear. Sadly, a sticker doesn't put your fingers back on. Use a router or spindle moulder?

    This post was edited by Geoffrey Laycock on 15.05.2012, 19:06 o’clock
    Reason: typos

  47. MotorcycleMan says:

    For such a small unit you should have bought an oil less model.

  48. MotorcycleMan says:

    Because the EU is the essence of regulation. BREXIT!!!

  49. Harry Knows says:

    dados are fine when you have a fair amount of dado work. Otherwise just use a single blade, it not a problem on infrequent dado work.
    I don't see how they would be dangerous in any particular way.

  50. Brian Thorstad says:

    Lol, but usually I include my Gripper…

  51. reclaimed wood rustic projects says:

    No dado info here really

  52. Radek K. says:

    In Europe, rain in januar is snow. 🙂

  53. Fsilone says:

    Because Europe is a nanny state that tries to ban all the things you can use to hurt yourself.

  54. Lars Olsen says:

    Dado blades is banned in Europe because it requires modification to remove the cleaver on the table saw, as far as i know

  55. Greg Mellard says:

    California air tools nearly silent.

  56. Retro Amplification Minnesota says:

    Sorry I wasted time on mis-titled video and goofy ADHD guy.

  57. Trevor Kemp says:

    Seems like Steve really knows his stuff on woodworking, but it definitely gave me pause that he didn't know what a pressure regulator is…

  58. Gregory Londos says:

    I had to listen a second time…!!! You said “Oil” filter… Did you mean Air Filter since it is at the upper end of the Pump Head…? Your air compressor gauges are there for the safety of you and your shop. The Tank Guage, The larger one I believe shows how much is always in your compressor tank Pounds per square inch(PSI). The Tool gauge smaller one is Regulated air for your tools… Some tools require more (PSI) than others…. You do Not use more PSI Than your tool is deigned for… You dial up or down as needed.(Safety First)…One example could be used if your Nail Gun or Staple Gun did not have a depth Adjustment then you could dial down the (PSI) to regulate the set of the nail or staple… Greg

  59. Joel says:

    Something illegal in Europe? Im surprised! This is my surprised face 😶

  60. May I Trigger You? says:

    They just use spoons and butterknives.

  61. Adam Cooper says:

    They're illegal in the UK because they have socialized healthcare. Too many people not using their head and cutting a 3/4 inch wide chunk of their finger.

  62. gnarth d'arkanen says:

    HAHA!!! Steve, I've had that same model air compressor for five years, and ZERO issues.
    Okay, I did get mine from the flea market for twenty bucks because the guy that owned it first dropped the thing off a building or something (he said) and broke the regulator… Since I had one laying around and a couple gauges (of dubious function of course) I just slapped it in there and went for it.
    Ordinarily, I have little to say about Craftsman… not because they're inherently wrong or bad… Just I have little to say about them as a brand. BUT I will say, that is a damn decent compressor (in all likelihood).

    AND surely, you do know how the pressure regulator works…

    AND yes… at least on concrete floors, mine wanders around the floor too. I usually use a regular 25' blue or orange air-hose coiled around the thing to inhibit that… mostly because I can find those pretty cheap and consistently at the flea market, too.

    I will recommend you keep the thing indoors during cold weather. They are prone to letting the oil "go jelly" if you leave them exposed… BUT I've consistently been able to thaw mine out and have it running without trouble. It's not like freezing is a "death sentence" automatically or anything… just inconvenient as hell when you need to fill a tire to get on the road. ;o)

  63. Shaun H says:

    Dear god… the gauge with the red knob shows what is going to the tool. If you read the tool instructions, different tools have different max operating pressures.

    You turn the red knob until the gauge attached shows the max pressure listed in the air tool instructions…or on the box…most people chunk the paper, but it's right on the box most times. Hell, most tools have it either printed, stamped, or molded onto them.

    I believe most brad nailers are 90psi. If you under pressure you will be using a punch and hammer alot to knock the brads in. If you overpressure you run a significant risk of damaging the tool.

    Air tools primarily run on vane or cylindrical style power systems. Most of these require oil or they will quickly develop leaks from internal rubber orings or in the case of vane style systems, because of scoring in the walls the vanes operate.

    So make sure you oil your tools by the manufacturer's recommendations. Also in the instructions, and also often a tag on the air tools. They usually say oil each use. Doesn't take alot. Couple drops or so. Sometimes you put the oil into the tool through the part that the hose hooks on, and sometimes they have a special port on the tool itself.

    Overoiling can make a huge mess and also mess up the tools.

    Hope that helps. Man…you got the saws and routers and wood…but my mouth dropped open when you said after all those years of experience you didn't know what a regulator and its corresponding gauge was for. 😶

  64. Krazy fucker says:


  65. undogmatisch says:

    DADO blades are prohibited by EN and IEC standards.

  66. frenstcht says:


  67. John Burns says:

    Saw blade control, dado blades were contributing so much to violent crime that they had to be banned, and now Europe has zero crime because of these great laws.

  68. Boyd Merriman says:

    You mean you drove all the way over there and got just ONE TOOL???
    Tim Taylor the Tool Man would be very disappointed.

  69. Chris says:

    dont blow compressed air on skin

  70. Bram Aho says:

    wow this is the first video i've seen from you where you don't mention micr- oh there he goes

  71. VampyrumFerox says:

    I got a Craftsman drill once as a gift. Last Craftsman product I will ever own.

  72. DanBrohare says:

    Are you free to use a dado blade this weekend?
    gazes into distance
    sheds single tear
    bald eagle screeches

    I'm always free.

  73. SGR 1806x20 says:

    Thanks to the video I found your house on Google maps… can even see the BMW on your drive 🙂

  74. david forte says:

    Your allowed to run power tools in California? Hmm my sister got a fine for painting her house the wrong paint. I'd rather die than live where the local gov controls every aspect of my life

  75. Corncob Johnson real says:

    "Dado" is the European equivalent to the N word

  76. tekken ryu jujutsu says:

    They want people to use tenon machine to minimise risks

  77. Andrew Tongue says:

    Hello, Steve, in regard to the employment of Dado cutters under (UK) law, there are no specific precedents for using same in the domestic workshop; however, in terms of factory produced box jointed cutting (one assumes, on an industrial scale – or for, say, the furniture/cabinet making market), there are clear working practices – & thereby, strict regulations – to ensure safe production of the aforementioned. Europe does sell these cutters, but as in the US, they are considerably expensive. My situation is further compounded by the fact that owning a cordless (portable) table saw, I only have one guide rail – so a specifically designed sled would need to be created to accommodate such; second, the arbour on my table saw is too short to handle wider-set Dado cutting, therefore the principle in this case, is redundant. The only way I can make box joints, effectively, is to employ my router (& I need to construct a table to house the power unit) ….ah well…time to build. Thank you for another excellent presentation 😀

  78. Pijawek says:

    I ised DADO blades on my old, crappy table saw, no problems whatsoever. Can't use them on my new, shiny one because someone in the EU decided that I could hurt myself. Irritating

  79. Sikor Sikor says:

    It is a lot more things illegal in EU than in other places of the Earth. They call it freedom…

  80. Hans Boklund says:

    and where is the thing about Dado blades?

  81. Gel g says:

    That craftsmen's air conpressor is too loud compared to my California model.

  82. barefoot arizona says:

    Dang u shoulda went to harbor freight and got you a Fortress oil-free compressor. SO MUCH BETTER!

  83. Rob uk says:

    The eu law states that dado blades are not safe for reasons you’ve got to take 5he crown guard off to use and the extra wait on the the brake which could lead to of cutting one self

  84. James Chester says:

    I like hammers 🤔

  85. James Chester says:

    Guess I am ole fashion

  86. denoro says:

    Oil filter? That's an air filter.

  87. Steve Lening says:

    Welp, people can find your house now XD

  88. Jeramie T says:

    Tank is tank. Tool is regulated line pressure. You can have lower line pressure than what is in the tank by adjusting the regulator.

  89. Recipio says:

    This is 3 years old now but here's my take on dado blades in Europe. Firstly the arbour size in Europe is 30 mm diameter so you would need to search hard for a long 5/8 inch arbour saw. Likewise getting 5/8 inch bore blades is a hassle . Yes , the US outlets will send to Europe but Mr Customs takes his share. However, they are a great tool for accurate rebates and dados and other accessories like the Magic Molder shaping head and flat ground 1/4 inch blades are very useful.I imported a DeWalt 746 saw ( no longer available ) but use it every day. Thank you Norm Abraham for the inspiration !!

  90. Philip Catchpole says:

    I think your the David Letterman of woodworking videos.

  91. Bill Shock says:

    Pulling the handle out of the box really got me.

  92. Mike Miron says:

    Tank gauge is psi in tank, tool gauge is the gauge you’d use to adjust the psi as it’s sent into the hose and into tool.
    So your tank could be fully charged at 130psi, but you need only 90 psi for let’s say an air ratchet, you’d adjust the dial under the tool gauge until it reads 90, and then you’d have 130 psi in tank that’s dropped down to 90 psi as you use it. It seems complicated, I never knew for the longest time what the gauge difference was, but once my mechanic buddy explained how it worked it seemed the opposite of complex.

  93. liam devlin says:

    Lots of guys in the u.k watch lots of these U.S videos, we get jealous because the router takes many passes longer than a dado stack, hey lack of time for your project is a thing.

  94. Vince Campolongo says:

    as for the drawer under the sink, one thing i like to do now is to reposition the elbow of the sink flat against the wall and sometimes in the wall and just have the drain connect to the sink as high as possible

  95. matak99 says:

    Harry's? Check!
    Casper? Check!
    Audible? Don't know.

  96. LSE LLC (Lumanet Solar Energy LLC) says:

    Ok the TOOL Gauge is when you adjust the knob for the tool pressure it will tell you the pressure reading which goes to the tool.

  97. Duchess Jake says:

    Wanted to know about dados not weather

  98. Mystery Crumble says:

    I wish you were my dad

  99. k moods says:

    You'll want to lower the TOOL PSI to like 80 PSI so you don't damage your tools… air tools are designed to run at a relatively small PSI range. Gonna have to read the book for each tool.

  100. RADCOMJ1 says:

    Why are you driving on the wrong side of the road lol I hate you, I want a compressor now 😛 One Tool seller in the UK now sell a commercial table saw that takes a dado blade. I think it revolves around our GB safety laws re having an effective Table saw Blade guard.

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