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Offline RussellS

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Re: Left Blade Track Saw?
« Reply #30 on: September 04, 2022, 04:05 PM »
Funny how left handed people tend to be more ambidextrous and right handed people can border on "spare limb" with their left hands.
Us right handed folks use our left hand to catch baseballs.  That takes a lot of coordination to reach in all different positions with the glove to catch baseballs.  You lefties get to use the good right hand for that difficult task.

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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Left Blade Track Saw?
« Reply #31 on: September 04, 2022, 04:12 PM »
Funny how left handed people tend to be more ambidextrous and right handed people can border on "spare limb" with their left hands.
Us right handed folks use our left hand to catch baseballs.  That takes a lot of coordination to reach in all different positions with the glove to catch baseballs.  You lefties get to use the good right hand for that difficult task.

Is throwing more difficult? Requiring the “good hand”?

I like CRG’s comment about GB drivers having to shift gears with the left hand. I wonder how driving on the left side came about? It proves we’re all ambidextrous to some extent.

Offline Mark37

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Re: Left Blade Track Saw?
« Reply #32 on: September 04, 2022, 06:07 PM »
I'm right-handed, but the "lefty" Kreg track saw works really well for my shop layout.  I haven't really used it for full sheet goods breakdown yet, so I may change my tune when I do.

No experience with other track saws, but my only beef is they don't offer an adapter for vac hose connection.  I use the Rockler Dust Rite fittings and hose, and it's OK for the way I've been using it, but I would much rather have a dust hose hookup adapter that uses the bayonet mount of the stock dust bag.  (Any 3D printer folks out there?)

One of the posts above said the Kreg is "absolutely terrible."  I'm pleased with the results I'm geetting....what am I missing?

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Re: Left Blade Track Saw?
« Reply #33 on: September 04, 2022, 09:51 PM »

@MisterMephisto - sorry about your unfortunate experience with your left side.

At TSO, we realize there are different preferences and for that reason purchased a Kreg Plunge Saw as part of our development process for our TSO GRS-16 PE K Guide Rail Square. We were pleasantly surprised  when working with this new saw and wonder what we missed that you find "horrible" about this new plunge saw from Kreg?


"Let me get this out of the way, Festool finally gave up in their explanations, and simply told me "Never." on my most recent query of "Will a left blade track saw ever exist?"

I mean, are people buying the (absolutely horrible) Kreg, because they think "Power tool quality, must be a Kreg"? Lol. I mean how many power tools does Kreg have? I can count on one nose how many.
 
So, while righties might claim "a left blade is not ____!" or whatnot, the truth is, they don't know because their only chance is using a knock-off Triton, with WEN quality, at a Makita price".

 

We think offering choices is a good thing and "new", especially coming from a reputable company with a long history of positive experience behind them should be welcomed.

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Offline RussellS

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Re: Left Blade Track Saw?
« Reply #34 on: September 05, 2022, 12:10 AM »
Funny how left handed people tend to be more ambidextrous and right handed people can border on "spare limb" with their left hands.
Us right handed folks use our left hand to catch baseballs.  That takes a lot of coordination to reach in all different positions with the glove to catch baseballs.  You lefties get to use the good right hand for that difficult task.

Is throwing more difficult? Requiring the “good hand”?

I like CRG’s comment about GB drivers having to shift gears with the left hand. I wonder how driving on the left side came about? It proves we’re all ambidextrous to some extent.

But the Great Britain drivers using their left hand for shifting, have to use their right hand to steer and stay on the road.  Is shifting more difficult?  Shifting or staying on the road steering and not running into the ditch or a telephone pole?

I'm going to argue catching is the harder, more important task.  If you catch every ball hit off the bat, for an out.  Then you don't have to throw at all.  You could walk the ball back to the pitcher's mound after catching every ball for an out.  No need to ever throw to first base for an out.  Kind of like the SawStop is not needed either.  If you always use straight grained wood that never pinches on the blade, and always use hold downs and miter sleds, and use power feeders, and never ever get your hands anywhere near the blade, then you don't have to worry about cutting your fingers.  Simple.

Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Left Blade Track Saw?
« Reply #35 on: September 05, 2022, 09:32 AM »
Funny how left handed people tend to be more ambidextrous and right handed people can border on "spare limb" with their left hands.
Us right handed folks use our left hand to catch baseballs.  That takes a lot of coordination to reach in all different positions with the glove to catch baseballs.  You lefties get to use the good right hand for that difficult task.

Is throwing more difficult? Requiring the “good hand”?

I like CRG’s comment about GB drivers having to shift gears with the left hand. I wonder how driving on the left side came about? It proves we’re all ambidextrous to some extent.

But the Great Britain drivers using their left hand for shifting, have to use their right hand to steer and stay on the road.  Is shifting more difficult?  Shifting or staying on the road steering and not running into the ditch or a telephone pole?

I'm going to argue catching is the harder, more important task.  If you catch every ball hit off the bat, for an out.  Then you don't have to throw at all.  You could walk the ball back to the pitcher's mound after catching every ball for an out.  No need to ever throw to first base for an out.  Kind of like the SawStop is not needed either.  If you always use straight grained wood that never pinches on the blade, and always use hold downs and miter sleds, and use power feeders, and never ever get your hands anywhere near the blade, then you don't have to worry about cutting your fingers.  Simple.

Apparently the prevailing opinion does not agree here. Right handed players have always preferred to keep the dominant hand as the "open one".
"Good hand" is also subjective. They are identical, just mirror image, unlike lobsters. I wonder which they consider most important? the bigger/stronger or smaller/more nimble?
For us, they are identical mirror images, the dominant is in the mind of the person.

Ambidextrous? right-handed people? hardly. Sure, there are some, but they are far more right dominant than lefties. This is evident it the way they use the track saw as mentioned here. They just can't help themselves. Even though it is awkward, they still insist on using that right hand, even when the track makes it totally unnecessary. You don't have to see the cut-line, it's going to cut there anyway.

By that thinking, pretty much all safety equipment is not needed. You don't need a hard hat if nothing ever falls from above, or steel-toed shoes if you never drop anything, safety glasses for flying debris, etc. It's only there for that "one time"
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Offline TomK_2

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Re: Left Blade Track Saw?
« Reply #36 on: September 12, 2022, 01:50 AM »
A mentioned above Kreg makes a blade left track saw. I had it and it was fine. Now that I have a tsc55k I actually prefer blade on the right. Either way there will be times that you are on the wrong side when cutting panels. I think that Festool is blade right because of the mft. You are in a more natural position as a right handed person the track is on the right side of the mft.

Offline woodbutcherbower

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Re: Left Blade Track Saw?
« Reply #37 on: September 12, 2022, 07:06 AM »

 I wonder how driving on the left side came about?


A very simple answer @Michael Kellough = the UK, Australia and New Zealand are right - the rest of the world is wrong  [big grin]
« Last Edit: September 12, 2022, 07:10 AM by woodbutcherbower »

Offline Job and Knock

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Re: Left Blade Track Saw?
« Reply #38 on: November 21, 2022, 01:41 PM »
I'm right handed and have always measured sheet material cuts from the left side of the material, meaning that the waste material is on the right, where you also want the saw kerf going. On a rail you don't need to see the blade - the rail means it the saw will always cut straight, so just why do you need to see the cut line so much?  (Yes, I know about plunge cut-ours) So it seems to me that a right hand blade is correct...
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