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left hand saws
« on: February 21, 2007, 02:18:05 PM »
How do left handers deal with chainsaws?  Are any saws made spacifically for left handers?
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Re: left hand saws
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2007, 03:21:14 PM »
They adapt. No one makes a bar on the left side, if that is what you're thinkin, that I have seen.

There was a left-handed girl in our GOL class, and things looked a bit awkward for her (either from being left handed or new to holding a saw).  ::)
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Re: left hand saws
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2007, 04:25:32 PM »
             There were some older porter cable and McCulloch saws that had the bar on the left and pull cord on the right.

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Re: left hand saws
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2007, 05:09:14 PM »
Cant say it will make a huge difference, you hold it with both hands and it's not really a precision grip thing like writing.

Most of us lefties seem to be somewhat ambitextrous, out of necesity with this sort of thing I guess  ;)

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Re: left hand saws
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2007, 11:14:17 PM »
I am a southpaw too and learned to deal with it. Just DON'T drop start that sucker holding the rope with the left hand. The bar is too close to fleshy parts (do not ask how I learned that one)
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Re: left hand saws
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2007, 11:12:47 AM »
A full wrap handle on a saw makes it a little more user friendly for a south paw. ;D
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Re: left hand saws
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2007, 11:24:34 AM »
While I'm abidextrous, and my siblings are right-handed, my folks are both lefties, as are a number of my kin, they all use a regular chainsaw without any problem.

As my Mom says, "Left-handed people are always in thier 'right' mind."....  ;D
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Re: left hand saws
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2007, 12:02:54 AM »
Adapt, agree with Ianab, ambidextrous outta necessity.   south paw in a right handed world.
Murf: And "right handed people aren't in their right mind".
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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2007, 11:17:26 AM »
Nah, she says "Right-handed people get 'left' behind........"  :D
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Re: left hand saws
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2007, 10:53:39 PM »
We were all born left handed but only a few of us were smart enough to stay that way. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it
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Re: left hand saws
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2007, 04:45:25 PM »
I have seen lefties use a saw with their left hand on the trigger and it looks down right dangerous! I would think keeping the bar to your right side is the most important thing. I had to convert a Stihl FS106 to lefty once for a co-worker, but only becuase he had a chip on his shoulder about being a lefty, oh well. I asked him if he wanted me to put a lefty handle on his shovel too. ;)


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« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2007, 11:59:09 PM »
 ??? Which one took longer to modify, the chainsaw or the shovel?
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Re: left hand saws
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2007, 12:06:24 AM »
The shovel, he kept sticking the handle in the dirt. ;D


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Re: left hand saws
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2007, 12:16:55 AM »
??? Which one took longer to modify, the chainsaw or the shovel?

He's still waiting for a left handed screwdriver to work on the saw  ;)
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Re: left hand saws
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2007, 03:02:51 PM »
You southpaws might be able to find some useful products here:Hard to find specialized items you can't find anywhere.

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Re: left hand saws
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2007, 09:48:01 PM »
number of years ago a 44 w/ 24" mostly cut off my right hand a few inches from the wrist (1.5 bones, all the good meaty stuff too).  the docs did wonderful work - no joke I did not spend one night in the hospital. i was on the job next day -now I didn't work for a very long time but the docs had me on my feet is what I'm trying to point out here. 

since then I cut "left hand on the trigger" about 25% of the time as a comfort measure.  I feel very safe doing so. 

Now sawguy21 I drop start with the rope in my left hand all day long.  How else would a guy do it?

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Re: left hand saws
« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2007, 08:41:41 AM »
Now sawguy21 I drop start with the rope in my left hand all day long.  How else would a guy do it?
If lol, a guy were going to drop start he might hold the front handlebar in his left hand, either with the saw perpendicular or parallel to the front of his body, doesn`t matter which, and pull the rope with his right. Pulling with the left hand seems like it would be awkward to say the least.

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Re: left hand saws
« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2007, 09:36:35 AM »
Actually, I find pulling with my left hand quite natural, drop starting the other way is awkward so I don't do it either. ;D
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Re: left hand saws
« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2007, 10:54:59 AM »
Actually, I find pulling with my left hand quite natural, drop starting the other way is awkward so I don't do it either. ;D
hmmm......that`s interesting. It seems totally unnatural to me since the left hand would be in the normal work position and the right would be ready to operate the choke/throttle in the grip that I described but just the opposite the way that you guys prefer.

Perhaps that high speed hand swap from right on the front handlebar to left on the bar with the engine screaming is one reason the dropstart is statistically so dangerous for righthanders?

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Re: left hand saws
« Reply #19 on: March 03, 2007, 11:55:15 AM »
My Husky 61 cranks at idle.  If I were to have to lock the throttle open, I think I would put it on the ground.   
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