thanks for all the tips and help. I'm second guessing myselft about having the blades installed correctly too. With new blades it just seemed like a lot of tearout. Of course I took it off and did not take a picture. I will be more careful next when installing the blades and follow the tips you all gave to me. thanks again!
My dado set is a house brand from a local sharpening brick and mortor location. It makes perfectly flat bottom clean cuts with no tearout in plywood. If the outer blades are not reversed causing that issue then you need to bring that set back and buy a real dado set. In other words....I don't need blue tape or magic tricks to get a quality cut, nor should you.
yeah, I found it shocking, too. There's something aspirational about the wood whisperer to me. Big dedicated shop, really high level of craftsmanship, and great tools. I'll admit that festool benefitted from his "brand halo" and a few of their products made it into my shop because of him. I listened to the latest wood talk last night on a drive up to Maine (going to pick up my bench at lie Nielsen today!) and hearing Marc talk about the Bosch sliding miter saw as a good $700 alternative to the $1400 kapex... Well that can't be good for festool. Seems like a bad move by them unless Marc's ask of them was just too much (and that's none of our business).
I've only recently started using my real name in any sort of way online. Since 1997 I've just been using fantasy characters or whatever. That served me well as I tended to say inflammatory and retarded things just for fun. And the one time I did put something on my personal webpage that was silly - it cost me a job interview that probably would have put me a good 2-3 years ahead of where I am in my career. Nowadays, I don't say anything inflammatory or interesting so I figure I don't care if my real name is attached.