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Author Topic: Left Tilt vrs Right Tilt  (Read 2664 times)

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Left Tilt vrs Right Tilt
« on: January 29, 2004, 06:27:11 PM »
Greetings,

I'm hoping some folks can help explain and make sense of the reason professional woodworking shops seem to prefer left tilt cabinet table saws to a right tilt models? I am currently contemplating a purchase of a Unisaw and want to make sure that I purchase the model that will be most versatile down the road for general woodworking projects.

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Mike

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Re: Left Tilt vrs Right Tilt
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2004, 07:40:18 PM »
Basically it's personal preference.  The left tilt is supposed to allow bevel cutting without trapping the work against the fence.  
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Re: Left Tilt vrs Right Tilt
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2004, 06:29:11 AM »
I moved this topic here from timber framing section as I felt it would receive more responses under this heading.
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Re: Left Tilt vrs Right Tilt
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2004, 06:58:42 AM »
If you have not yet formed a preferance you might want to consider which one is most popular. This way you don't end up with an odd ball peice of equipment when looking for parts or if you decide to sell.

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Re: Left Tilt vrs Right Tilt
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2004, 08:43:15 AM »
Part of it comes from left vs right handed people. Some people prefer to work with the fence to the left of the blade. Some prefer to have it on the right.  Like Tom says, you want to be able to cut bevels without having them trapped.  The part I don't understand is some companies make both left and right tilts but always put the fence to the same side.
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Re: Left Tilt vrs Right Tilt
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2004, 01:01:14 PM »
I have 2 unisaws at school and 3 at home and have been wanting a left tilt.  With the right tilt you can only move the fence a short distance to the left. If your cutting a bevel and have the fence on the right side the piece being cut off is trapped between the fence and blade making a case for violent kickback very possible. I shot a 1" piece of hard rock maple through my 1 3/4" fiberglass shop door from 15 feet.  I'm glad I took my own advice that day and wasn't standing directly behind the blade.
Other than cutting bevels I don't see any difference.  Powermatic model 66 were always left tilt and now Delta and Jet have left tilt as probably most large brand name power tools.  It took Delta a lot of engineering to get a left tilt together. I remember reading an article where they thought it would be merely a switch from one side to the other and became a total re-engineering of the internal works to get it to operate.  I keep an eye out for a good buy on a lefty and will eventually get one.  If I was in the market for a new saw it would be without a doubt left tilt.
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Re: Left Tilt vrs Right Tilt
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2004, 03:47:30 PM »
I went from a right tilt to a left and I like it much better.
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Re: Left Tilt vrs Right Tilt
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2004, 04:12:35 PM »
When from right to left also. It felt awkward for the first couple of days. Now I can't imagine why anyone would ever make a right tilt.
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Re: Left Tilt vrs Right Tilt
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2004, 05:47:14 PM »
right tilt makes it near impossible to run narrow bevels without a backup piece to push through or a very thin push stick.  ripped miters have to be run face down or swap fence (if table is wide enough).  saw tends to pull stock from fence on angle.
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Re: Left Tilt vrs Right Tilt
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2004, 09:24:42 PM »
Thanks for the great info guys, I was more or less convinced about the left tilt before posting but after reading everyone's responses my decision is made. Now all I have to do is find the best price :P

It is great to have such an open exchange of ideas and honest discussions on real working experiences.

Thanks again one & all,
Mike

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Re: Left Tilt vrs Right Tilt
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2004, 08:05:10 PM »
preference is an "ok" reason...BUT safty and application. Been a woodworker for 20+ years professionally...and I have ALWAYS wanted and bought left tilt saws....like Tom said...binding is just  1 of many reasons.....but in my opinion left tilt is the way to go

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Re: Left Tilt vrs Right Tilt
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2004, 05:57:59 AM »
Left tilt is clearly better for most people and most apps.  Just harder to manufacture I suppose...
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