Happy new year to everybody. I have what might be a very rookie question but what is the difference between a left tilt or a right tilt table saw. I see amazon has a buch af table saws on their sight but they all seem to be left tilt. Is one better than the other or is it a matter of perference.(SP) Thanks in advance.
>Happy new year to everybody. I have what might be a very
>rookie question but what is the difference between a left
>tilt or a right tilt table saw. I see amazon has a buch af
>table saws on their sight but they all seem to be left tilt.
> Is one better than the other or is it a matter of
>perference.(SP) Thanks in advance.
There are minor advantages and disadvantages to each. Ultimately, it just comes down to personal preference. :)
The majority of saws were right tilt until recently and it seems that the manufacturers are going more and more left. I'm sure you'll always be able to get both, but the left tilts are a little bit safer for certain operations.
I have a left tilt and love it, but I wouldn't suggest changing if you're already used to a right tilt model ... for safety's sake.
I also have a left tilt saw and love it. The advantage (or at least perceived advantage) to a left tilt saw is that when the fence is to the right of the blade, which is the way most of us work the majority of the time, the blade tilts away from the fence. This allows wider pieces to be ripped and allow the offcut to fall away from the fence. As a side bonus, in left tilt saws the arbor nut is clockwise thread and it CCW thread on a right tilt saw.
One drawback to a left tilt saw is that if you want to put an enclosed router table on an extension wing you need to let room to get to the hand wheel for tilting the blade.
Other than that there isn't really much differenc between the two. Jeff
I belive you are way azzed wrong about that.
Most Table Saws were LEFT tilt until the last 30-40 years when the right tilt was introduced.
Left tilt (\)is away from the fence, which is normally used to the right of the blade when standing in the operators position.
One big advantage that a right tilt (/) saw has is with a stacked dado blade. The fence and it's settings does not change from it's zero to the right edge of the blade stack.
With a Left Tilt TS, the fence/scale measurements must be compensated for.
If used for mitering type cuts, the Left tilt does not trap the stock between the blade and the fence.
I prefer left tilt because that is what I cut my teeth on. It is familure and automatic to me.
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I have the Excalibur table attached to a left tilt Grizzly with no problems. You can still find them on Ebay and Craiglist from time to time for a much more reasonable price. Also I think the Jessem sliding table would work for a left tilt saw.
On the topic of left vs. right tilt saws and sliding tables, you need to pay extra attention to compound cuts and safety. If you are cutting a wide piece at and angle and also beveling the edge the wood can bind between the blade and the sliding fence. The extra mass of the big table and presumably larger stock (although I have used the slider for long thin stock) does make it easier to keep control of, you still can bind it enough to kick the table back into you or burn the wood.
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