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Forum topic by MrRon posted 04-16-2018 07:44 PM 720 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MrRon

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04-16-2018 07:44 PM

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What happened! It appears no one is making right tilt table saws anymore. All I see now are left tilt. Personally, I prefer right tilt.


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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 04-16-2018 08:25 PM

Where are you shopping? ALL of these saws can be used on tables and will tilt left or right.

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cabmaker

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#2 posted 04-16-2018 08:53 PM

I hear you mr Ron,,,,,,I am a right tilt guy myself,,,,,but i will never need to buy another table saw,,,,,,nor has customer service ever been an issue,,,,meaning I never needed it

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Bill_Steele

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#3 posted 04-16-2018 09:06 PM

I found an interesting article that talks about left vs. right tilt saws. My 20 year old Jet contractor saw is right tilt. I think I would prefer left tilt. Whenever I want to tilt the blade and rip something—I need to move my fence to the left side of the blade—on a right tilt saw I would not have to do that—plus I’d have more range (rip width) to work with.

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 04-16-2018 09:36 PM

They have moved to mostly left tllt, at least it seems so to me with the newer models. I have a left tilt, but I really prefer right.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 04-16-2018 09:38 PM

@Bill, You don’t have to move the fence to the other side, you can just tilt the blade and rip. If you are standing to the side where you should be, the offcut will fly on by, if it flies at all.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 04-16-2018 09:54 PM

Lobo sells them. Grainger sells them.

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#7 posted 04-16-2018 09:58 PM

I have owned a Delta Unisaw right tilt for more than 10 years and I really like it. I bought it specifically since it was right tilt. It took a bit to get used to putting the blade on with the letttering facing the arbor and motor. I think I would have a problem getting used to a left tilt.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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ArtMann

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#8 posted 04-16-2018 10:04 PM

I suppose it is what you get used to but I wouldn’t buy a right tilt table saw from any manufacturer for any price unless I could quickly resell it for a profit. Apparently, a majority of people agree.

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#9 posted 04-16-2018 10:09 PM

I’ve got both.. can’t tell any difference between them other than the right tilt is a bit more convenient IMO.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Steve1038

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#10 posted 04-16-2018 10:46 PM

The issue of left tilt vs right goes back before any of were probably born. The Unisaw 1st introduced in 1939 was a right tilt saw and marketed sold directly against the powermatic 66-left tilt saw. Their are numerous design issues, but the biggest is the “best means and methods” to operating a saw properly. Lots more to talk about… also a lengthy discussion on the switch to overseas manufacturing and company brands/diversification. Hope this helps.

-- Woodworking; keep the faith-share the passion

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#11 posted 04-17-2018 12:44 AM



I suppose it is what you get used to but I wouldn t buy a right tilt table saw from any manufacturer for any price unless I could quickly resell it for a profit. Apparently, a majority of people agree.

- ArtMann

And your reasoning for such a bold statement ?

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jbay

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#12 posted 04-17-2018 01:26 AM

I used a right tilt for years until I got a left tilt.

I prefer the left tilt, I think it handles wider wood cutting with the bevels from the top.
(leaving the point with no blowout)

To do the same with a right tilt you have to put the fence on the left of the blade which limits the size.
Of course you can use sacrificial fences and always find another way to skin a cat.

I have come across the need for both though, but you can obviously get by with either one.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#13 posted 04-17-2018 02:52 AM

Twin tables saws, both right tilt but hey same amount of space no matter which way you cut.

LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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jbay

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#14 posted 04-17-2018 02:56 AM



Twin tables saws, both right tilt but hey same amount of space no matter which way you cut.

LOL

- woodbutcherbynight

Your set up looks like you could get some good width
using the right side saw, and the fence all the way to the left.
Nice set up!

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woodbutcherbynight

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#15 posted 04-17-2018 03:38 AM


Your set up looks like you could get some good width
using the right side saw, and the fence all the way to the left.
Nice set up!

- Jbay

Thanks, it is a work in progress currently. Probably next month before I am done and can post finished version. Have to make my own fence tubes from scratch for my custom set-up among other finishing touches.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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