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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-15-2014, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Default Table Saw Tilt...Right or Left ?

As some of you might remember I am slowly shopping for a table saw, used, in good condition and a good deal. And not a job-site model...

I may be wrong in my observation but are all Delta's and the like right tilt blades...? All pictures I have looked at on CL indicate the blade tilts towards the fence.

I'm not saying that's bad as I'm sure those of you with right tilts are either accustomed or like it that way.

My real question is in seeking advantages/disadvantages of each. It seems the right tilters might have less margin of error regarding kickback...? Am I wrong in assuming I should be looking for a left-tilt...? Is it just preference...?

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Right tilts from Delta are common. I have found it is mainly a matter of personal preference.

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AFAIK, it's a matter of preference/comfort. The fence is usually to the right of the blade, but for a right tilt blade bevel cut, the fence should be moved to the left of the blade to avoid trapping the wood between the blade and the fence. Many may find that orientation awkward.
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I would find that solution acceptable but many of the models do not allow the fence to be positioned far enough to the left of the blade...the rails seem to stop short of allowing that. I'm not sure I'm as comfortable doing with my left hand what my right hand normally does...thanks for pointing that out...I will look at the ads again to see how many will allow the fence to go to the left and how far...

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I thought for the most part they were all going left tilt? All General international table saws except for one I believe is left tilt .
I was told that it lessons the chance of putting the blade into the fence but I'm sure there's other opinions .
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I have a friend who's left handed and he says it make's a difference to him. Maybe. Unless you used both types then it's hard to make a conclusion and I've only used the right tilt.

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In our work shop our Delta is a left tilt and at home both my Grizzly and my Powermatic cabinet saws are left tilt. I've only tried a right tilt a few times and they seemed awkward to me - maybe because I wasn't used to them. If you're right-handed, I would stick with a left tilt for sure.
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Thumbs up TS tilt.

Having used a table saw for almost sixty years as a cabinetmaker I always recommend a left tilting saw especially for a right handed person. Much better control. Grizzley makes a good one although a tad bit more expensive.
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Right tilt or left tilt? The arguments are a bit like the Big Endians and the Little Endians in Gullivers Travels. So, as they say in Monty Python, "Is this the 5 minute argument, or the full half-hour?"

I'll take the argument from the point of view of a right hander who works conventionally, i.e. I stand to the left of the saw blade. For me a right tilter is the way to go. I feel they are safer. Left tilters put the blade over towards you, towards the mitre guide and nearer to your hands. I feel this is especially dangerous if you work withut a guard over the blade, as I know many people do in the USA. A right tilter puts the blade away from you, away from your hands, but can lead to trapping of material against the bench if you use an unmodified straight through rip fence (the norm on US saws until recently) and of course that potentially leads to a kickback. As a European I'm familiar with and "acclimatised" to using a table saw with either a short rip fence or a through rip fence with a ripping plate attached (effectively making it into a short rip fence). To me that feels safer - heck it is safer than the long fence approach and sidesteps many of the issues you have with kickbacks (although not fully because there is also the need for a riving knife, or failing that a splitter).

Over here in the UK we only really had one brand of table saw which came with a left tilt blade, the Startrite. Everything else I can ever recall was a right tilter. The Startrites also came with a through fence, although (from memory) their manuals recommended attaching a ripping plate (short sub-fence) to the main rip fence when rip sawing or using the rip fence as a length stop for repetitive cross cutting

Incidentally, every current European saw I know of tilte right and comes with a short rip fence (generally a sliding one)

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Since the implication here is that left handed people could use a right tilt more naturally, I thought I'd toss my dos centavos in. I'm a leftie, with what they call strong left handedness (strung my guitar backwards like Paul McCartney). But, I learned on a left tilt, own a left tilt and have only used a right tilt once. I will only use a left tilt saw. It's a learned thing but I don't find a left tilt clumsy or uncomfortable.
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