Well, no, but that is one of the reasons I use in my rubber stamp reply.
An exception would be if you are will be cutting a lot of grooves or dados
at different distances from the edge of the wood, the right tilt would
probably be the better choice regardless if you are right or left handed.
That's it exactly, Leon.
To me there are only two factors: 1) are you going to do a lot of beveling
relative to dadoing = get a left-tilt; 2) are you going to do a lot of
dadoing relative to beveling = get a right-tilt.
Either situation, IMO, isn't really difficult to work around. The whole
idea of choosing something so the tilt wheel is on the side of your dominant
hand is silly. Can you really tell me that you aren't coordinated enough to
use the other hand if you need to? I'm right-handed, but believe it or not,
I actually can successfully use the tilt wheel on my right-tilt with my left
And, Leon, I've seen these lists comparing right vs. left tilts and most of
the "benefits" to left vs. right are not substantive at all. If I need to
do a bevel more than ~16 inches from the fence, then it becomes an issue.
But, which way you have to tighten the arbor nut, which side the tilt wheel
is on, etc. really are so insignificant as to be not worth mentioning. The
loss of shelf space is another real issue, but it isn't going to make or
break the deal.
So, I have a question. Do you honestly do more beveling than dadoing? And,
what's the use of having a nice accurate fence with a good distance
indicator if you need to use a tape measure to set the fence? More
importantly, I've used left-tilts to do dadoing and more than once I forgot
and used the tape and screwed up some panels. Wasting wood is too
expensive, so that's what made my decision.
I guess I've said my piece more than I should have. I just get sick of
people saying how SAFE the left-tilt is relative to the right. A load of
:~) Considering that I could use my right hand to tilt the blade and my
left hand to raise the blade, I always use my right hand to do both. I did
however try to raise the blade with my left hand one time and it indeed felt
aquard. I am sure it is sometheing I could have gotten used to if I had
chosen a right tilt for the first buy 20 years ago.
You have probably seen my list. It is the one that points out those small
differences. My list is for those that have considered all the pro's and
con's of both versions and still need the push to go either way.
Absolutely. I do this for a supplimental income and build a lot of cabinets
with cabinet quality plywood. I 45 a lot of corners. Oddly in my 25 years
of serious woodworking I have never used a stacked dado set for dadoing with
the exception of cutting centered grooves on rails and styles for floating
paneled cabinet doors when I use stubb tennons joints. When I do need
dado's I use either my dado jig that I designed for my hand held router or I
use my router table.
And how exactly does one know that considering they don't have enough
working experience working with either type to make a decision? If someone
doesn't have the experience, then it's highly unlikely they know what type
of cut they're going to be making under most circumstances. It's more likely
this person is a new woodworker when it comes to a tablesaw. Do you actually
think they know what they're going to be building for the next twenty years?
Don't be ridiculous. Only one factor is left to work with and that's left or
So you rip a board and tilt or adjust the saw blade height at the same time?
I know that's not what you meant, but it's what you're saying. Sure left or
right handed people can be trained to do any action, but without additional
information, it makes sense for someone to go the route that is most
comfortable to start with. Maybe you don't agree, but I suspect you can't
give much of an argument to the contrary. As far as bevel cutting or groove
cutting goes, I also suspect the most important thing on the mind of someone
new to a tablesaw is the cutting of straight square boards. Bevel cuts or
dados come later with practical experience, at least to my mind anyway.
LOL. I really didn't try to start an argument. I just stopped by to ask a ?.
I've used both right and left tilt saws, unisaw and powermatic and liked
I bought a delta contractors saw and it works great, a little low on hp but
other than that it's been a great saw (right tilt). Money was the deciding
I was just offering up some personal insite. It sounds like this subject
has probably been hammered to death a few times in this group before.
Sorry to start it up again. ;-)
Well I have a hard time chewing bubble gum and walking....sometimes... LOL
I know that cranking both at once would end up with me cranking one in the
Well, I have a left tilt, and a mobile base and storage under the right
extension table. You may still be able to utilize some of that space too IF
you are interested. I have a pic if you would be interested seeing my under
table storage solution. I have a 6 drawer unit, for small items, a seperate
shelf for both my left and right Dubby sleds, rip fence, and 2 bevel gauges.
These all ride around comfortably on top of the mobile base.
Always a valid reason.
Correct in most cases... IIRC JET offers a sliding table with left tilt but
that would pretty much limit your choice to Jet.
So there you go, personal preference... For some reason I was under the
impression that this was your first. Old habits are hard to break.
On Fri, 18 Jul 2003 10:54:29 GMT, B a r r y B u r k e J r . <Keep it
in the email@example.com> wrote:
Why folks think the PM 66 "costs a fortune." Yeah, its about two
grand, but my lathe was twice that amount and I consider the PM 66 a
better value because I use it a lot. And, I've only bought ONE saw
in my life, and that will probably be the last.
: hey everybody i am going to be in the market for a new tablesaw in a
: couple of months. it is either going to be a delta unisaw or woodtek.
: i have heard plenty of things about delta but nothing of
: woodtek.anybody out there with a woodtek.
On my web site - 'Circular Sawbench Safety' is a list of criteria that might
be useful when purchasing a circular sawbench.
Jeff Gorman, West Yorkshire, UK
Email address is username@ISP
username is amgron
ISP is clara.co.uk
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