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Left or right blade?

by Sparks500
posted 07-16-2017 05:32 PM

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#1 posted 07-16-2017 05:40 PM

Blade-left sidewinder are, or were, available.

The Porter Cable 743 comes to mind.

I used one for years and got quite used to
it. I’m used to a blade-right saw now

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 07-16-2017 06:13 PM

I have the 743, and I’m right handed. I thought it would be a plus to have the blade there (left side) for the visual. But the way it has worked out, the saw is usually on the waste side of the cut and that can be a problem. I’m used to it now, but with my experience now I would probably buy the right side blade model.

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

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#3 posted 07-16-2017 06:23 PM

Left side blade saws are available in the lighter saws, just look around. Bosch and Milwaukee both make them, and I’ve seen others as well.

Do a web search for “left blade circular saw”.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 07-16-2017 06:34 PM

I’ve always thought that it was done like that for safety, to keep the hand that isn’t using the saw further away from the blade.

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#5 posted 07-16-2017 06:36 PM

Another PC 743 here and I wouldn’t want any other kind. I like seeing the blade and cut line easy.

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#6 posted 07-16-2017 07:02 PM

I have the Milwaukee cut great!

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#7 posted 07-16-2017 07:13 PM

To my way of thinking, if you can’t see that blade, it not safe.

-- A good day is any day that you're alive....

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