Left Tilt vs. Right Tilt Tablesaws
What's The Difference: Both styles have pluses and minuses relating to safety and accuracy
Although most tablesaws sold in the United States today have a left tilt blade for cutting bevels, some saws are still sold with right tilt blades. You’ll hear many viewpoints on which kind of saw is better, 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 scale 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…