Most 7 1/2 corded circular saws have the blade on the right side. I'm lead
to believe this is because for right-handed people, there will be less risk
of kickback, dust, and also the saw will be riding on the keep side of the
Why then, do most worm-driven and cordless circular saws have the blade on
the left side?
The truth is you can get used to anything.
I often wonder why nearly every corded drill is a pistol grip style and nearly
every cordless drill is a T-handle style. In my mind these styles should be
reversed for ergonomic reasons.
I think people get used to seeing tools designed a certain way and that's what
they buy so the manufacturers just make what sells. Certainly the mechanical
and ergonomic considerations are many but certain design elements seem to follow
In the building trades, tools are used in many situations that aren't
encountered in the shop so workers develope the ability to use some tools in
either hand and often in some odd positions.
One nice thing about blade left circular saws is that you can see better as you
cut to the middle of a sheet of material as a righty.
So get ambidextrious baby!!!
Right handed framers and builders preference..... Often you are standing, or
kneeling on the 'keep' side and want to continue squarely supporting the
saw as the waste falls away. Keeps the blade away from your body also.
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