Advice Buying "Blade-Left" Circular Saw Sidewinder or Worms


I'm left handed and left eyed, but I've been weined using right handed circular saws. Now that I need a new circular saw I'm thinking of buying a blade-left. My question is: I'll probably hold the saw with either hand. Are there other advantages to buying a blade-left saw. I'm looking at the Porter 32x or 42x model. Also, any advice on changing from a side-winder to a worm/hypoid? Thx.
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It requires a rethinking when you first start using the saw but it comes around pretty well. Right handed folks also a right handed thought process and you will need to adjust "slightly".
Alan Smithee wrote:

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side. I would assume a left handed person would prefer the blade on the right. Having used both (sidewinders and worm) saws, I prefer the worm drives. They are stronger, take a beating and still cut well. They also seem to stay on-line better. My current favorite is the Bosch version of the Skil MAG77. It survives the rigors of building houses in Mexico without a whimper.
It seems that builders East of the Mississippi prefer sidewinders and working from sawhorses. While builders/framers in the West use the worm drives and cut on the ground or the lumber drop.
Dave
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disadvantage if you're not using it for framing?
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"Alan Smithee" snip

I've never found it to be a disadvantage. A worm foot is generally narrower but longer.
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Basically a right blade is for right handers and a left blade is for left handers. The whole idea is so that you do not stand directly in line with the spinning blade and so that the dust does not spray back in your face.
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Leon wrote:

It's also good to have the bulk of the saw resting on the piece to be cut, rather than the off-cut. Especially if you're only taking off an inch or two.
JP
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Exactly, A point I missed.
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Leon, That's not what I've found. Framers here (most all) generally use the worm drive, left blade saw. In addition left blade saws out sell right blade saws 5 to1. Dewalt, Milwaukee, Bosch, all sell their saw, classified as heavy duty or framers saw only in a left blade configuration. There must be a reason.
Left blade allow me to look at the line without having to lean over the saw.
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LOL....What you find and what is correct are often not the same. The reason for using the saw in the wrong hand is to indeed get a better view. A better view is not always a "safe" situation. I suspect that left and right hand saws were intended to be used accordingly for safety reasons. This came up a couple of years ago. IIRC the PC owners manual points out the right blade is for right handers and the left for left handers. Years ago I recall my shop teacher saying that you want the blade outside your hands not between your hands. Typically when sawing a board a left hander likes to hold the bulk of material with his right hand and the opposite for right handers. With a left hander and a left blade saw the larger portion of the saw base would set on the longer end of the board while the smaller waste falls away to the left. I do not at all doubt that the lefts out sell the rights and I also know that the ratio holds true to how many actually hold the saw with the wrong hand. Popular opinion by users may disagree by a ratio of 5 to 1. ;~)
And yes, PC does make a right blade worm drive saw.
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Since you can use either hand that is a big advantage and you have experience with the blade being on either end of your operating position so I would get the one you prefer unless you want to use a specific hand and if so then get the blade on the side you want to use for that hand. Some like to see the blade and others like me like the blade and sawdust do be away from you. In either case you can use a guide or angle square to make a precise cut. I have the Milwaukee Tilt Lok and the Bosch CS10. Bosch did a great job with the Bosch CS10/CS20 in that visibility to the cut line is still great when the blade is facing away from you. I believe the PCs also have a pretty good view to the cut line and the sawdust port can be used to make sure most the sawdust is not getting in your face.
If the circular saws you have been using do the job you need then you may not want to consider a worm drive due to the extra weight. If you are going to be cutting a lot of thinner sheet goods you may want to look at the Milwaukee Tilt Lok [it is available right or left] as the handle can be adjusted to be very comfortable when you need to adjust depth of cut for sheet goods and it is a very powerful circular saw for any cutting need. There are a lot PC reconditioned circular saws available right now with full warranty on Ebay or at places like Toolking for substantial savings from new. I have bought a few recon tools and they all looked and worked like new.
Steve

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I have the PC blade-left saw as well as a Makita blade-right saw. I use either saw in my right hand, which sends more chips my way for the blade-left unit. I have the older PC saw without the magnesium body, so it's a bit heavier, though it IS a professional 15-amp unit.

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