Right tilt vs left tilt vs no tilt

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Forum topic by MrRon posted 06-01-2013 04:31 PM 812 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-01-2013 04:31 PM

This is not meant to be a discussion between the merits of RT vs LT saws; but it did bring up a thought from my distant past. Way back, table saws with tilt tables were common. It was my first table saw. I don’t recall ever using it for bevel cuts, only 90° cuts. Later on I had a Shopsmith and that had a tilt table. I did use it, but it had it’s limitations. Other than Shopsmith users, does anyone still use a tilt table saw?

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#1 posted 06-02-2013 02:26 AM

My saw has the capability and I have used it a few times. But, to tell you the truth, I could live with a “no tilt” table saw just fine.

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#2 posted 06-02-2013 01:22 PM

There is an inherent safety issue with them. Once you tilt the table, using the fence to the right of the blade, your offcut is moved into the blade by gravity. A bad scenario has just started to unfold!

I have had a few but always set up for a specific purpose and it never involved the tilt.

I will be curious to read from others who own or have owned them.



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#3 posted 06-02-2013 04:00 PM

A fellow I know has an old Oliver tilt top saw.
When bevel cutting, he reaches over a picks up the cut off, just as it is cut free.
There are many things about that, makes me uncomfortable.

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