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Forum topic by Sparks500 posted 07-16-2017 05:32 PM 430 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Sparks500

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07-16-2017 05:32 PM

I’ve always used a Skil worm drive saw, and the blade is the left side of the saw, which I find much easier to use and see the blade.
So, why are all the sidewinders opposite? Why, if I want a smaller, lighter saw to use for small projects, do I have to order a left handed saw?
Anyone else have these questions?

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Loren

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#1 posted 07-16-2017 05:40 PM

Blade-left sidewinder are, or were, available.

The Porter Cable 743 comes to mind.

I used one for years and got quite used to
it. I’m used to a blade-right saw now
however.

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 07-16-2017 06:13 PM

I have the 743, and I’m right handed. I thought it would be a plus to have the blade there (left side) for the visual. But the way it has worked out, the saw is usually on the waste side of the cut and that can be a problem. I’m used to it now, but with my experience now I would probably buy the right side blade model.

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Rich

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#3 posted 07-16-2017 06:23 PM

Left side blade saws are available in the lighter saws, just look around. Bosch and Milwaukee both make them, and I’ve seen others as well.

Do a web search for “left blade circular saw”.

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#4 posted 07-16-2017 06:34 PM

I’ve always thought that it was done like that for safety, to keep the hand that isn’t using the saw further away from the blade.

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#5 posted 07-16-2017 06:36 PM

Another PC 743 here and I wouldn’t want any other kind. I like seeing the blade and cut line easy.

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#6 posted 07-16-2017 07:02 PM

I have the Milwaukee cut great!

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Sparks500

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#7 posted 07-16-2017 07:13 PM

To my way of thinking, if you can’t see that blade, it not safe.

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