On Thursday, December 19, 2013 11:03:27 AM UTC-6, k
Not to belabor the point but I think this discussion is worth having... If
you're on the left side of the blade, aren't you tending to pinch the board
into the blade when you're close to the end of a rip? On the right side of
the fence, you're tending to push the side of the board that's against the
fence rather than the side that's against the blade.
I would think the side one stands on is partially (high percentage) determi
ned by whether the person is right handed or left handed and which side/pos
ition is comfortable to the person. There is no correct or incorrect side,
as per the saw or fence, itself.
Belaboring dust collection: My suggestion to Bill would be to not bother w
ith dust collection above the table top, but do get a blade guard. If you
were doing production work, there would be a good reason to have the dust c
ollected above the blade. For hobby work, invest in a dust brush, broom &
dust pan.... and wear goggles or a face shield, if the dust flies in your f
ace. Your saw is mobile, so I'd suppose you may be using the saw near the
garage door, or at least out in the open, convenient to clean up scattered
dust from the top. If need be, add a dust port to the guard, later. For th
e time being, get the saw in safe working order and start doing some woodwo
rk. Spend the proposed dust collection money on lumber, for now.
Screw that dust port. Let's cut some boards.