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Dskare

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1193 days ago

I’m looking for a new table saw. I have an old Craftsman Contractor style saw now. It’s been great for a novice woodworker like myself. However, I think it’s time to invest in a new one.

Why should I care of a particular modal has right tilt or left tile blade?

Dskare -Lake Stevens, WA

-- Derek -Lake Stevens, WA


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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 1193 days ago

Safety, in my view, having owned a Unisaw for years and then switched to a Powermatic 66.

If you want to cut a miter, say, on a long piece of wood, with a left tilt the falldownfalls to the left of the blade, below it.

You can switch the fence on a right tilt, but it puts you in a physical mode you’re not used to and that can cause focus to fail.

There will be disagreements with this, but my view is that a left tilt is significantly safer than a right tilt. Most of your power tool time is spent at the tablesaw, and more accidents happen during table saw use. It makes sense to me to minimize the odds every way that one can.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Dskare

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#2 posted 1193 days ago

Good point! Thanks Lee

Dskare, Lake Stevens, WA

-- Derek -Lake Stevens, WA

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Kevin

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#3 posted 1193 days ago

Are you looking for a contractor, hybrid or cabinet saw and what is the budget?

-- Williamsburg, KY

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Cosmicsniper

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#4 posted 1192 days ago

I have a right tilting Unisaw. I like it because I can easily put a router table extension on the left side of the saw (the saw motor gets in the way on the right), which is helpful when you have a fence like an Incra TS-LS. Conversely, if it’s left tilting, your router table is most accessible on the far right side near the end of the fence rails, which means you’ll need to beef up your right side supports to accommodate the table. For me, I just purchased a Bench Dog router extension to bolt to the left side of the saw…and it doesn’t get more stable than that. Of course, nothing to worry about if your router setup is stand-alone, but for many of us who are shop-space-challenged, it’s a necessity.

The big advantage to a left tilting saw, however, is that you can you can run bevels (is this what you meant to say, Lee?) with the fence to the right and you won’t ever get a piece wedged between the fence and the blade like you would with a right tilting saw. Yes, you can bring your typical fence to the left of the blade to make such a cut on a right-tilter, but it is an awkward cut.

The other advantage to left tilting saws is that you have a lot of space under the right side to put an extension/accesssory cabinet…no saw motor to get in the way. I haven’t built such a thing yet, but when I do I will not be able to get it real snug to the right side of the saw cabinet.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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bubinga

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#5 posted 1192 days ago

Left tilt all the way, leave your fence on one side of blade,bevel cuts are safe
Hybrid saws like Grizzlys are good saws, with good value
I now own A Powermatic 66, if you never want to ,have to upgrade again ,and have the bucks, buy the top
of the line Powermatic,Grizzly,and others, these are not for every one ,but ,the table saw is the center of your work

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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knotscott

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#6 posted 1192 days ago

Hi Dskare…. a couple of questions: Do you have 220v? What’s your budget?

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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bubinga

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#7 posted 1192 days ago

knotscott

Is the man to answer your questions

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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Brad_Nailor

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#8 posted 1192 days ago

Yes Scott has the knowledge…he is the tablesaw Yoda…
I own a left tilt, 220V 2001 Delta Unisaw, with a 50” Beismeyer fence. I upgraded from a Bosch job site saw. I love it..it’s all the saw a part time/hobbyist should ever need..I was almost going to buy the Grizzly equivalent, with the nice riving knife, but the Unisaw popped up on craigslist literally when I was about to order the griz.It’s the GO690 quite a few guys on here own them and have reviewed them. I couldn’t be happier with my Unisaw…

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Beginningwoodworker

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#9 posted 1191 days ago

I have a right tilt Unisaw, with 28’’ Shop Fox Rails and a Beismeyer Fence.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Yupa4242

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#10 posted 1191 days ago

I recently posted my woes about my great saw debacle and a fellow LJ’s quoted that buying tools is like buying in ” shark infested waters”. I spent 6 months debating the subject reading reviews, taking opinions from fellow WW’s and it came down to NEEDS/Quality/Price . I wanted better than avg,good table,good fence,ease of service,and overall price. For me I live near a big city but don’t have alot of experience either so I got a JET 30” Hybrid 1 3/4 HP Saw run 115v Im limited on power and 220v Is a tad difficult. I like the push button saw blade lock for changing the blades. I plan on picking mine up from the store and It could be serviced locally if needed. I too wanted to get a Grizzly but the voltage and shipping were issues but not deal breakers. If I lived closer to one of Grizzly outlets I’d be more inclined to buy from them but my lack of experience in tool repair had me leaning for something more local.
My plans are for funiture and garden project so I wanted a beefier unit than a lower brand models.
Personaly I don’t like to buy new items until they have had a few month to mature and I’ve read all the feedback on web forums before i make a decision.

GL on your future purchase :)

-- "If the Universe is Infinite, Then all dreams are real."

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Minorhero

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#11 posted 1191 days ago

I own a 1950 right tilt unisaw that I recently restored. Before that I owned a Ridgid Contractor’s saw that was left tilt. It definitely feels different standing on the other side of the blade but it is not really a big deal. What is a bigger deal is the amount of room on the other side of the blade. Specifically, most fences are setup for left tilt saws so the fence rails tend to be longer on the right half of the saw. Most Bessie and Bessie clones only have 13 to 17 inches to the left of the blade. When doing bevel cuts you of course don’t want to trap the work piece between the blade and the fence so that means the maximum width of work piece with a bevel cut is 13 to 17 inches depending on your saw and fence.

The solution for this is to make your own rails, but not everyone is up for that.

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Lee Barker

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#12 posted 1190 days ago

Thanks, Jay, for saying well what I tried to say. Add “interpreter” to your resume.

I’ve discovered there is indeed an alternate universe, and I am in it.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Cosmicsniper

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#13 posted 1190 days ago

LOL. It’s okay, Lee. I get my miters and bevels confused all the time. My crown moldings look like unmitigated disasters.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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