Left-Tilt vs. Right-Tilt Tablesaws
What's The Difference: Both styles have pluses and minuses relating to safety and accuracy
Although on most tablesaws sold in the United States today you tilt the blade to the left to cut a bevel, a lot of saws still are sold with right-tilting blades. You’ll hear many viewpoints on this issue, and as with most debates, both sides have some valid points.
Measuring is easier on right-tilt saws
On a right-tilt saw, the arbor that holds the blade comes from the right side. This has several advantages. For one, the tape on the rip fence always reads the distance accurately between the fence and the right side of blade, whether it is a thin-kerf blade or a dado set.
For optimum safety, the right side of a blade guard’s splitter should be set tight to the actual cut line. This assumes you are using the fence to the right of the blade. With a right-tilt saw, blade thickness changes don’t alter this…