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right handed person, circular saw blade location?
Posted by: space-time
Date: June 17, 2020 10:29PM
Most circular saws have the blade on the right side, very few have the blade on the left side of the motor. Without actually using one, I would think that I would prefer one with the blade on the left side, so I can see what I am cutting. Am I missing anything?






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Re: right handed person, circular saw blade location?
Posted by: Pat
Date: June 17, 2020 10:56PM
Most worm drive circular saws are blade left.
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Re: right handed person, circular saw blade location?
Posted by: Carm
Date: June 17, 2020 11:44PM
You can actually see the front of the blade. Doesn’t matter what side it’s on. But yes you can see the side before you cut. I wouldn’t have expect most people who use a circular saw to use it for precise cuts.



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Re: right handed person, circular saw blade location?
Posted by: jdc
Date: June 18, 2020 12:29AM
You right hand/arm is stronger, more steady and dominant. More accurate cutting and control.



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Re: right handed person, circular saw blade location?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: June 18, 2020 06:26AM
With a left side blade, the baseplate is bigger on the right side. This tends to be the scrap side of what is being cut, so you’re more likely to get a beveled cut when you don’t want it.

If you’ve never used a worm drive saw, be prepared for the torque that twists the saw clockwise.
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Re: right handed person, circular saw blade location?
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: June 18, 2020 07:01AM
It's very difficult for a beginner to make precision cuts with a circular saw. I still can't do it. But I've seen seasoned pros rip a 4x8 sheet of plywood that you would swear was cut on a table saw.




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Re: right handed person, circular saw blade location?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 18, 2020 08:09AM
....what do you do with the other hand.....???



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Re: right handed person, circular saw blade location?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: June 18, 2020 10:11AM
You right hand/arm is stronger, more steady and dominant. More accurate cutting and control.


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Yes, for right-handed people.




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Re: right handed person, circular saw blade location?
Posted by: nwyaker
Date: June 18, 2020 10:26AM
Agree - and have been professional woodworker for 50+ years.
Just went through this scenario while looking for a cordless saw. Ended up with Milwaukee brushless 6 1/2 inch. Their 7 1/4 was blade right.
Happy so far. Brushless definitely way to go - more power, longer battery life.
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Re: right handed person, circular saw blade location?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: June 18, 2020 10:53AM
My old saw has a little plastic window in the blade cover just above and to the front so you can see exactly where the blade lines up on your cut without having to look over the edge. Of course this becomes less useful once you start cutting at the dust blocks the view, but it's kind of nice when getting started.

As a righty, I like having the handle in between me and the blade, seems a bit safer to me.
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Re: right handed person, circular saw blade location?
Posted by: Cary
Date: June 18, 2020 06:31PM
I'm a righty, and I have and use left bladed circular saws. I find it much easier to use than a right side blade.

As far as cut direction, you can cut from either side. Supporting the wood properly is key. Using a straight edge of not helps tremendously, also.
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Re: right handed person, circular saw blade location?
Posted by: davester
Date: June 20, 2020 09:20AM
Left blade saw. I had a right blade for a while and it was very awkward to use because if I used my right hand on the trigger handle I couldn't see the blade and if I used my left hand it felt unnatural to handle the saw.



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