The circular saw that I have had for years has the blade on the right
side. Tom Silva uses one with the blade on the left. Is there a
difference between the saws other than left blade/right blade? The few
times that I have used a circular saw, I could not see where the blade
was going. Having the blade on the left side makes a lot of sense, since
The right bladed saw was/is intended for use by a right handed person with
his right hand. Left blade for lefties with their left hand. It is a
safety issue to prevent debris from being thrown back in your face from the
open side of the blade.
With an exception of the PC trim circular saw most all worm drive saws are
left bladed. From most illustrations for these left blade worm drive saws
the rear handle/switch is controlled with the right hand and the front/over
the motor handle is held by the left hand.
Yep, I'm a southpaw and have been using a circular saws with blades on
the right for years. It very easy to follow a line. The only caveat
is that unless you like the taste of sawdust, you might want to use a
face shield. Some saws are worse than others for throwing sawdust.
I have used the Porter Cable "left blade" for several years and recently
bought a "left blade" Milwaukee.
I use it exclusively for cutting panel goods (plywood, MDF, etc) down to
I have 3', 6' and 9' guides to run the saw against for straight cuts.
I prefer the left blade saw for that use.
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