Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Central Michigan
Box joints and dados can be cut using either a table saw with dado blade (or box joint blades) or routers with the use of well constructed jigs. I find cutting Dados, grooves and rabbits easier with dado blades, but have used routers. I find box joints more comfortable to cut using a router table, although many will feel just as comfortable using a table saw. There are locking joints that you can cut using a standard table saw blade for making drawers. Routers can be used for dovetail joints, not so with table saw.
So what advice would I give? 1) Get a router since you will need one anyway. 2) if you can return the saw and exchange it for one that can use a dado blade you should do so. A dado blade is way too useful to go without. Maybe you can exchange it for a model from a different manufacturer that doesn't cost twice as much.