I was just wondering if anyone has an opinion on left or right tilt for
their tablesaw. I notice a lot of saws come with right tilt only but have
used left tilt for a while. Any opinions would be appreciated.
;~) The single most asked question in this group that I paste this rubber
stamp answer to.
Both saws will make all the same cuts. Some easier on the left tilt, some
easier on the right tilt. Strictly personal preference. But if you need to
be steered one way or the other,
Are you right handed?
Get the left tilt.
1. Left tilt has the bevel wheel on the right side and is easily turned with
your Right hand.
2. Left tilt can rip a narrow bevel with out having to move the fence to the
left side of the blade.
3. Left tilt allows the blade arbor nut to be removed with your right hand.
4. Left tilt allows your to remove the arbor nut and turn it in the
direction that you would expect.
5. With a Left tilt, when both edges of a board are beveled, the sharp point
bevel is up on the fence when cutting the second bevel as opposed to the
bottom of the fence where it might slip under.
6. RIGHT tilt if you are left handed. The bevel wheel is on the left side of
7. RIGHT tilt if you "must" use the fence distance indicator when using a
stacked dado blade set. The blades stack left, away from the fence. The
indicator remains accurate. On the left tilt, the blades stack towards the
fence and makes the indicator inaccurate. In this case use a tape measure to
set the fence distance.
8. RIGHT tilt allows you to remove the arbor nut with your left hand but the
nut must be turned clockwise to loosen. Bassackwards to normalcy.
If considering a cabinet saw, with wide 50" rip capacity.
The Left tilt will most often afford you the most storage room under the
right table extension. The RIGHT tilt has an access door in that location
that will demand room to open. The left tilt allows you to have access to
the motor and or the insides of the cabinet from the more open left side of
the saw with out having to crawl under the right extension table. Very nice
if you ever happen to drop the arbor nut inside the cabinet. If you are
considering getting a replacement saw and considering going to the opposite
tilt this time consider that the miter slots may not be the same distance
from the blade when comparing a left to right tilt saw. This may or may not
be of concern but something to consider.
===============================My older (1990 or so) "right tilt"Jet Cabinet Saw also has the bevel
adjustment on the right side of the saw... but who really cares...
In fact I can use the same statement (who really cares) to pick one
over the other...
I own and use both... and I can not remember when I used one saw
over the other because of which way the blade tilted...
The only cut I absolutely do only on the left tilt saw is a bevel rip
using plywood ...this is because I can
control any chip out on the "good" side of the plywood ...no other
To be frank I do not make that kind of cut all that often..can't even
remember the last time I made such a cut because i do not work with
plywood very much....
My advice.... flip a coin ...I would not pay an additional penny for
one over the other...
I think it's just a matter of what you are used to.
I've used a right tilt for so long I couldn't really feel comfortable
changing. If I had always used a left tilt I'd probably feel the same
way....except backwards. :-)
I have noticed that a lot of higher end saws are available either way.
It is not difficult to do. I motorize enlarge focus and lift functions
pretty easily. I use a Grainger gear motor running around 3 to 10 RPM and
two timing belt pulleys and a timing belt. The control is a Kodak carousel
projector remote control. You can build the whole thing for less than $100.
I can supply more info if needed.
Another option, if you're electronicly inclined, would be a stepper
motor and a cheap controller like a PIC with a couple of momentary
switches to indicate direction. Check google for 'stepper motor
controller cheap'. Stepper motors are used a lot in hobby robotics so
that might be something to search on too.
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