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05-01-2012 05:47 PM

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When buying a table saw , what is the advantage of left or right tilt blade?

-- Bert

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#1 posted 05-01-2012 06:10 PM

Left tilt keeps the blade away from the fence when cutting bevels.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#2 posted 05-01-2012 06:11 PM

Since most cutting is done to the left of the fence, a right tilt blade tends to trap the wood that you are cutting under the blade and against the fence possibly causing a kick-back. On a left tilt, the piece you are cutting is on top of the blade and against the fence so it doesnt get trapped as easily.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 05-01-2012 06:21 PM

Sliders tilt right. Left is safer for some users, especially with
long N. American style fences. With a retracted European
style fence the right tilt is not a problem. There’s no single
answer but right handed people seem to find operating a
blade left sliding table easier. Sliders are not a new invention
and have been used in in industry for close-tolerance wood
cutting for nearly 100 years.

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#4 posted 05-01-2012 06:28 PM

SnowyRiver, thanks , this makes perfect sense.
Loren., what are the sliders you are talking about? Sliding table?
I love sliding tables but in the US they are an expensive option.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 05-01-2012 07:13 PM

The new ones are spendy, sure… but if you have the space
there are some real bargains out there on larger European

There are also old heavy sliders made by Oliver, Yates,
Tannewitz, Northfield, et al.

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#6 posted 05-01-2012 07:29 PM

There are other differences. Left tilt allows you to change blades from the right side and tighten the arbor nut in the normal direction (clockwise). Right tilt allows you to change blade widths (like thin kerg or dado) without having to recalculate the fence offset.

If you use a crosscut sled on the left side of the table and have a right tilt saw, then you can precut the zero clearance first cut at 45 degrees which will then still be zero clearance for a normal 90 degree cut. To achieve this on a left tilt you will either have to have two sleds or use it on the right side of the table.

I’d say rather worry about getting plenty of power, a flat top and decent safety mechanisms over which way the blade tilts.

-- Weekend Wood Wrecker

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#7 posted 05-01-2012 08:04 PM

I have mostly had left tilt saws but my present saw is right
tilt and all I can say is it’s the nicest saw I’ve had and
I just got used to working with the way it does things.

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#8 posted 05-01-2012 08:20 PM

Ive owned ten-twelve table saws, all right tilt. Just used to it I suppose. I have used a few left tilts. No pros or cons to either. Go for the deal not the tilt.

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#9 posted 05-01-2012 08:54 PM

I have all right tilts…we just move the fence to the left side of the blade and keep cutting if we need to use a fence.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#10 posted 05-02-2012 12:03 AM

”...Since most cutting is done to the left of the fence, ...” I am right handed and prefer to push the wood through the blade with my right hand. For safety I choose to stand on the fence side of the blade (Left) so that in case of a kickback my body and face are not at risk.

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