Many of the worm-drive circular saws have the blade to the left of the
Visibility to the line of cut is typically the reason. The saw is still
held in the right hand using the left hand on the knob.
Having both RH and LH saws means that the weight of the motor (and the
bulk of the shoe) can be oriented over the larger piece of lumber or
plywood. when cutting near an edge.
Safety glasses are even more important when the blade is closer to the
user's face than the saw motor. The body of the saw no longer blocks
the chips that fly out the side of the blade guard.
I've never seen a manual for the left blade saws, I've only used them.
The PC version does not throw up a lot of dust in my face, and the chute
output can be directed in the direction of the user's choosing. The saw
is extremely popular with righties in my area.
I looked at one and scratched my head. Quickly decided it's better our
(lefties way in a right world) way. I could look all the way over to the
otherside, but damn I've been doing it the "wrong" way for way to many
One of the advantages of being "sinister" in a dexter world is that I had to
become functionally ambidextrous whereas most of my "righty" friends are
solely (okay, some barely) functional with one hand.
I have had one for five years.
I can't remember who told me about it, but I thought I would give it a
Absolutely Love it.
Cant stand to pickup my old rightbladed Skil saw anymore.
Find someone who has one and try a few cuts.
Left hand as in lock switch for lefties? Difference, you know. My saw has
the blade left, but the lock right.
I make left and right-handed spoons. Lefties buy two or more, while the
righties pick up one, maybe two.
I didn't look at the lock. No more than I use a circular saw (haven't
owned one for a few years) I doubt I would miss the lock if the saw
didn't have one. I don't really like the idea of locking the power
switch on for some hand tools, especially those with blades. Drills,
OK, belt sander, you betcha, but 3+ inches of wicked spinning steel and
carbide teeth? I'd rather it quit when I let go.
Besides, the lock is sort of like the mag release on a 1911: I'm not
sure I could operate it if it were where it's supposed to be. (:
Spoon? As in eating utensil? Every one I've ever used is symetric.
How 'bout that, 0.31 seconds with google turns up all kinds of sources
for something I didn't even know existed....
I think he was talking about the lock that prevents the switch from
accidentally being turned on or engaged. Some call it a safety. The safety
is almost impossible to release on some models if the saw is used with the
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