Since we're totally picking nits, that's not exactly true.
Using the fence on the short side of the saw changes the way the
operator makes the cut, as well as limiting the capacity (width) of
panels that can be beveled.
Some good advice follows, and some not-so-good advice, follows ...
Agreed -- but with a right-tilt saw, the natural position of the fence
should be left of the blade *anyway*.
And a right-tilt saw allows the blade arbor nut to be removed with your
left hand. Which is natural if you're left-handed. In which case you're
better off with a right-tilt saw.
And this differs from a right-tilt saw *how*? "The direction you would
expect" is the direction that the blade spins, in all cases, regardless
of the type of saw.
That's a problem with a right-tilt saw *only* if you have the fence on
the wrong side of the blade. Put the fence on the wrong side of the
blade on a left-tilt saw, and you have the same problem. Regardless of
the tilt of the saw, the correct side is away from the tilt, and the
wrong side is toward the tilt.
That isn't a problem for those of us who are able to add and subtract
If you're concernead about accuracy, a steel rule is a better idea than
a tape measure.
IOW... in the direction that the blade rotates. Never mind CW or CCW,
just remember that the nut loosens in the same direction the blade
rotates, and you'll never have a problem.
Of course, on a right-tilt saw, the table extension *and* the fence
belong on the left, so this really shouldn't be an issue.
The slots may not be the same distance anyway, even if the tilt *is* the
same. Different manufacturers put them in different places sometimes.
To most people, "the direction you would expect" is
counterclockwise--ie, a standard nut/bolt arrangement. Yes, there is a
reason why you'd turn it in the direction that the blade spins, and you
*should* expect to turn it that way. But many don't.
Makes sense to me, but not it seems to most manufacturers. Take a look
at Delta's website. (Or General, or Grizzly...) All the
instructions/pictures have the extension tables to the right of the
blade...whether left or right tilt.
Yeah, I know, and I never could figure that out. A good way to illustrate the
insanity of that setup is to picture your left-tilt saw with the long
extension tables, rail, and fence on the left side of the blade. Makes just as
much sense -- that is, none at all -- to put them all on the right side of a
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
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