Old 09-15-2009, 02:57 PM
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Default Re: Embarassingly simple wood-working question

Well, I guess they make circular saws for southpaws.... But I've never seen one in stores, otherwise I would have gotten one a long time ago and made my life a little easier...

QUOTE: (from a tool site)
"That tool you see in the commercials on TV with dad smiling at Christmas after opening his new circular saw is a direct drive saw. Direct drive, sidewinder, helical drive saws have a motor, generally on the right side of the blade, that is hooked up directly or via a simple helical gear from the motor. This is called a left-blade circular saw. It allows you to see the cut line while holding the tool in your right hand. There are right-blade circular saws for southpaws, but the left-handed people we know struggle along with right handed tools."


EDIT: Now, I'm a little puzzled. I just visited the Skilsaw site and they've got a majority of their standard 7 1/4" circular saws with blades on the right side, but no mention of southpaw users.
Their larger worm drive saws all have blades on the left side.

I have 2 circular saws, one standard, one worm drive, and both have blades on the left side. I always thought that was the norm for all circular saws....

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