The 5400 series has a "sidewinder" configuration instead of the "worm drive" configuration that has made Skil famous.
This particular skil circular saw has the blade on the right side as well.
Now my personal experience has taught me that when the blade is on the right side that doesn't necessarily mean it is a "right-handed" saw.
I have found that if it's a right side blade it is easier for a lefty to handle. This seems to be the case with every saw that I have tried over the years.
Something to keep in mind though is when you use the bevel feature of any saw the statement above sometimes changes depending on how the power tool is built.
I would recommend giving the bevel feature a try right off the get go when purchasing this saw or any other portable saw.
All in all this has been a pretty good saw for me and I still use it quite frequently to this day.
I have gotten more than my money out of this purchase.
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