left or right tilt on ts

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Forum topic by woodman71 posted 07-03-2009 03:59 AM 827 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-03-2009 03:59 AM

OK all the years i been woodworking i have had left tilt blade and about three years ago i bought a new ts and i had a hard time trying to figure out left or right and i went with left tilt because that’s what I knew but i still don’t know what advantages a right tilt offers over the left and i do this as a hobby and i,m wondering .If someone can tell thanks.

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#1 posted 07-04-2009 02:27 AM

There are pros and cons to each, but there are work arounds for each con, so it really boils down to preference. I’ve owned both and prefer LT.

The primary beef against left tilt saws is that the arbor flange is on the left side of the blade, which means that blade thickness changes can effect the zero reference of your tape measure..dado stacks change the reference a lot. Blade thickness changes don’t make a difference on a right tilt saw because the flange is on the right side of the blade and the blade registers at the same point no matter how thick. Using the same thickness blades helps minimize that issue.

The primary advantage of a left tilting saw is that it tilts away from the fence, which is considered safer, though right tilt owners often slide the fence to the left side of the blade to accomplish the same thing when they do bevel cuts. Another feature that I like about left tilting is that the arbor nut goes on from the right side and has a normal thread orientation, whereas the arbor nut on a right tilting saw goes on from the left and has reverse threads…I find it easier for a right handed person to mount the arbor nut from the right, but YMMV.

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#2 posted 07-04-2009 02:38 AM

Hey It’s hard to add to what Scott says other than I’ve had left tilt for years and it works great for me.

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#3 posted 07-04-2009 03:47 AM

And not all left tilt saws have the arbor flange on the left. Mine is on the right and the all of the above don’t change anything, in regards to the reference. Main gripe is having to move the fence to the left side of the blade, so the wood isn’t trapped between the blade and the fence, when doing angled cuts.

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#4 posted 07-04-2009 04:02 AM

left tilt ,
no burning against trapped parts ,
and no flying missles !

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#5 posted 07-04-2009 05:44 AM

i didn’t realize my used griz 1023TS was right tilt until i got it home. i was so excited i forgot to ask. my older bench TS was left tilt and i sawed a mile of wood through that screaming beater. the one thing i’ve noticed is that it seems safer for the blade to tilt away from your hands on the RT verses having the blade closer to your hands on a LT. not that you would have your hands so close to begin with. also i do like not having to account for blade thickness, which caught me once or twice on the LT. Norm Abrams was ask which he prefers and he said RT mostly because he was use to it. but still its strictly preference.

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