Blade left vs blade right circular saw – it’s a debate that stems back to the day we first had a choice. Most of have a preference because there’s simply one or the other that feels more natural to us. But is one really better than the other?
Or is it all about being right hand or left hand dominant?
There’s certainly something to hand dominance, but it’s not everything. You also need to consider line of sight, which side of the waste edge you’re cutting on, and whether you’re cutting with one or two hands. There’s even a bit of safety to think about.
Check out the video or head over to our written article for more details on the pros and cons of both styles.
Blade Left Vs Blade Right at a Glance
Blade Left For the Righty
- Line of Sight: Better since it’s on the blade side
- Saw Balance: Better since the weight is not on the waste edge
- Two Hand Cut: Easier since your hands don’t cross over
- Cut Risk: Higher since your guide hand crosses over the blade
Blade Right for the Righty
- Line of Sight: Worse since it’s on the motor side
- Saw Balance: Worse since you’re balancing on the waste edge
- Two Hand Cut: Tougher since your hands have to cross over
- Cut Risk: Better since your guide hand doesn’t cross over the blade
And it’s the exact opposite for left-hand users! But while it looks pretty clear that you should choose a blade orientation opposite your dominant hand, that doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. Clint and I are both right handed – I go for a blade-left saw and Clint reaches for blade-right. Sometimes it’s just preference.
So are you a blade right or blade left kind of user? Let us know which one and why in the comments below!