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.
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:
side. I would assume a left handed person would prefer the blade on the
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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