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Forum topic by PeteCollin posted 08-24-2015 02:06 PM 497 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2015 02:06 PM

Hello All,

I recently upgraded to a Jet Cast-topped table saw. I like it a lot. But it has a right-tilt blade. i am used to left tilt. It it okay to cut with the workpiece and fence on the right side? Seems like a kickback hazard.

Pete Collin

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#1 posted 08-24-2015 02:11 PM

I have used a right tilt saw for years. On thinking about it I would agree that it seems like more of a hazard, but I have not had any kickback. It does require you to rethink how you make certain cuts. Remember this rule of safety: if you don’t feel comfortable doing a cut then don’t do it.

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#2 posted 08-24-2015 04:38 PM

Are you referring to a bevel cut?

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#3 posted 08-24-2015 04:39 PM

Most folks with right tilt saws slide the fence to the left side of the blade for bevel cuts. Other than the reverse orientation (which may take some getting used to), the fence to blade scenario is the equivalent of what a left tilt saw does with the fence to the right of the blade.

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#4 posted 08-24-2015 09:08 PM

With a left tilt saw and the fence on the right, the fence scale is only correct for one blade. Change the blade and the scale will be off. On right tilt saws and the fence on the right, the scale will be correct regardless of what blade you use.

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