Most circular saws especially sidewinders have the blade on the right. Most of us have become accustomed to this right blade configuration but anyone that is right handed and has used a left bladed saw can definitely see the benefit of using a left blade circular saw.
Having the blade on the left benefits right handed users because the users stance is better suited for blade placement on the left side of the saw for a better line of sight. If you’re left handed, then you probably prefer having the blade right where it is on the right side.
I do find the name Southpaw a bit confusing, sure I get that Southpaw is associated with lefties, and the blade is on the LEFT side, but in all reality the users that benefit the most from the blade placement on the left are right handed users. If anything we should call right blade circular saws southpaw, but that’s just my opinion. Yes left and right handed people use right blade saws everyday but as I mentioned above, all of us right handed users are accustomed to this and some haven’t even seen the difference a left blade placement has as an advantage to right handers because most circular saws have the blade on the right.
Even though I find the Southpaw name ironic, I still think this is a great saw because as a right handed person myself I prefer the blade on the left.
We know Skilsaw circular saws are top notch and this one is no different. They offer their Dual-Field™ Motor that’s said to offer best in class torque and increases cooling and extends tool life. They also offer Magnesium – lots of it with all magnesium construction. This strong yet light material is perfect for a pro tool.
The new Skilsaw Southpaw will be available at the end of May 2017 and will retail for $129.
- Maximum RPM- No Load: 5300
- Weight: 8.95 lb
- Cord length: 10ft
- Maximum cut depth at 90: 2-7/16”
- Price: $129
- Launch: End of May