Each side of the V-fence featured two adjustments, one for their pivot angles, and the other for slide positions.
First, let’s take a look at the angle adjustments. Each side features a 0 to 45° range, with stops at 0°, 15°, 22.5°, 30°, 31.6°, and 45°. If you should need or want to cut miters at intermediate angles, you can disengage the detent lock at the rear of each fence.
This is an image of the adjustment controls at the rear of the two fence components. As you can see, this area is a bit cramped, and can pose a finger-pinch hazard if you’re not careful. The over-ride lever is used to disengage the detent mechanism to allow for intermediate angles, and the thumbwheel is used to lock and unlock the fence faces for slide adjustment.
Each V-fence face is constructed from textured aluminum, and can slide along a track to accommodate larger pieces of molding or lumber. Longer lengths of molding supported alongside one fence will then pass through between the opposite fence and the saw’s bevel adjustment, allowing you to place your cut exactly where you want it.
Angle Finder Tool
Included with the MiterMate is an angle finder tool which is intended to eliminate the need to manually measure and calculate the angles at which molding must be cut. Once the tool is used to measure the angle needed for a joint, it can transfer the angle setting to the saw for quick and easy setup.
The angle finder tool’s paddles pivot easily and smoothly, and are easily adjusted to measure both inside and outside corners. Once the tool is perfectly aligned with the two sides of an edge or corner, a thumb wheel allows the angle of the paddles to be locked in place.
Once the angle finder tool is set and locked in, it is placed into the center recess of the saw and slid forward. The angle of the MiterMate’s V-fence is then adjusted to match the angle finder’s paddles, and both fence faces are locked into place. Remove and stow the angle finder tool, and the saw is ready.
The handle of the angle finder is made of a very solid-feeling plastic, and its smooth-faced paddles are made from lightweight aluminum. We’re fairly judgmental about accessories that are essential to the operation of the tools they accompany, and this initially made us somewhat skeptical about the quality of the angle finder and its partial plastic construction. However, after handling the angle finder for a bit and seeing how sturdy it feels, we dismissed any concerns about it being prone to easy damage.
Ultimately, we feel that the angle finder tool can definitely reduce saw setup time for many users, and not only that, it should greatly reduce the number of mistakes and miss-cuts, leading to less waste.
Although the angle finder tool is designed to perfectly match and integrate with the V-fence system, its use is not necessary for the setup and operation of the saw. In other words, those who prefer to make miter cuts according to manual angle measurements and calculations could still use the MiterMate with its innovative V-fence to its full potential.