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Will Bosch be making dado blade sets available for their table saws in the UK? I have seen them in use on American videos but not yet seen them advertised or listed in the UK.
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Hi Chris

No unfortunately not. None of our machines have the specifications required to mount and run dado blades.

Bob
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Might I ask, what is it that makes the American Bosch tablesaws different to the UK models, so as to allow the use of the dado blades? I'm sure, one of the videos I saw was of a Bosch saw that looks very much like the GTS 10 J, but with an American product reference.
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Hey Chris

I don't know the tech answer myself but I've sent an mail to get the info you want. I'll be right back with an offical answer.

Bob

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Thanks for that. It just seems strange that their versions of the new tablesaws are so fundamentally different to ours. Maybe they really do get better toys!?!
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Here's a few links relating to the dado on the GTS 1031, which looks just like the GTS 10 J:

http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-TS1013-Cutter-...1/dp/B005CQ63TE
http://www.boschtools.com/Products/Tools/P...aspx?pid=TS1013

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Hi Guys

I got a pretty straight forward answer that doesn't really answer why from a technical stand point but explains why we don't do them here.

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

America clearly has different standards.

Bob

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So, in the other most feared words, it's all because of " 'ealth and safety! " I find that quite hilarious, given how letigious America tends to be and how covered in safety advice stickers their products are.

Isn't it lovely living here in the 'Free World'?!
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Ha! Exactly!

Perhaps it is because of the NHS here. It will be too expensive for the them after glueing people's bits back on after suffering all manner of Dado blade accidents...?  Better to just 'ban' them  :D

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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
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