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Forum topic by mart posted 07-02-2008 11:36 AM 1348 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2008 11:36 AM

I posted this several months back on another site before I found LJ’s but it never really got answered definitively. As a lefty and a woodworker are there any new cordless drills out there that do not have the cross bolt directional switch. Every one I have tried seems to have the same switch in the same spot which puts it right above the knuckle of the left index finger and very easily bumped into the neutral or reverse position by a lefty. This is especially so when working in awkward positions such as over head and as the switch gets worn in (tends to become much easier to bump into neutral). My old Makita 9.6v has the switch on the back of the handle and is not a problem other than being under powered.

While I am on the poor me lefty kick; I have a Dewalt biscuit jointer and would love to have one that didn’t kick dust out all over me. The extremely small opening they have for the dust bag always plugs up. I never use the bag and just put up with the chips. Surely there must be plate jointer out there that either doesn’t plug up or directs the chips other than right in middle of a lefty’s midsection.


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#1 posted 07-02-2008 11:59 AM

I am left handed too, and have exactly the same problem. Except my hands are probably smaller so the switch doesn’t get hit very often. The Dewalt biscuit jointer does do the same thing except I am not real tall so I get it in the above the midsection section. I did purchase a small vac with a 1 inch hose to fit my palm sander (the bag keeps blowing off of that too). Works great on the sander bet it would work on the bisquit jointer too. Have to give it a try. As far as the cordless drill goes, smaller hands??, bigger drills??, don’t know. :)

-- Berta in NC

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#2 posted 07-02-2008 12:26 PM

I’m a lefty also. Just remember, Us lefty’s think with the RIGHT side of our brains (if we have one, mine is always in question). I’m always on the look out for left hand friendly tools and would love a high quality circular saw that was set up for left handed use. I really have not found an issue with the base shop tools, TS, Jointer, Planner, etc. Fortunately, my father was ambidextrous and encouraged me to use both hands with tools. As a result, I can screw up anything equally well from either side.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#3 posted 07-02-2008 02:17 PM

Porter Cable makes both left and right handed circular saws and I’m sure there are others.
Lefties just have to adapt to a right handed world. I have a Dewalt biscuit joiner and hook my vacuum to it.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#4 posted 07-02-2008 02:45 PM

Another lefty here. The drill switch thing has never bothered me. I use the bag on my Dewalt biscuit joiner. It does clog easily, but at least I’m not getting peppered with debris.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 07-02-2008 09:28 PM

I too am left-handed. My makita 14.4 volt is not new – but i beleive the button is in the same place as the older models. I am not near it, so I can’t tell you specifically where it is – but it’s NEVER been in the way…

-- GlennL, New Jersey

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#6 posted 07-02-2008 09:37 PM

I knew there was something off about you Charlie…..

I am a lefty meself and I have the same issue… you just end up learning to adapt.

-- Hrolfr

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#7 posted 07-03-2008 12:47 AM

After all these years I have pretty well adapted but when you have a sheet of drywall overhead and the switch gets bumped into the wrong position it is easy to lose one’s composure. As to my Dewalt biscuit jointer, when I insert that little square adapter for the bag it seems to narrow the opening just enough to make it plug whether I am using the bag or a vac attachment.


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#8 posted 07-03-2008 02:18 AM

Mart, I am a lefty. Did not even think of the problem with the biscuit jointer, I don’t use a dust bag either.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 07-03-2008 02:20 AM

Geez – sounded by lefties. Since I’ve been working a lot left handed lately, I just have to wonder how left handed people made it through the evolutionary cycle. :-)

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#10 posted 07-03-2008 02:22 AM

Don’t be rude Betsy, you might be left out. LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 07-03-2008 02:23 AM

Hardy har har…. LOL

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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