The Craftsman 10″ MiterMate Miter Saw is unlike any miter saw that we’ve ever seen before. Compared to a traditional miter saw, the MiterMate, with its innovative V-fence system, is said to help woodworkers and DIYers save time while increasing the efficiency and accuracy of their cross cuts and miter joints.
When setting up a traditional miter saw to make an angled cut, the saw blade and entire motor assembly is adjusted to create the desired miter angle while the fence and workpiece angle remains fixed.
Craftsman’s unconventional and innovatively designed MiterMate miter saw, on the other hand, is designed such that the fence and workpiece is adjusted to create the desired miter angle with respect to the position of the saw blade.
Included with the MiterMate is an angle finder tool that is used to automatically measure and transfer angles to the saw for quick and easy setup. Once the MiterMate’s fences and blade are adjusted to match the angle finder settings, cuts to two mating pieces of molding should produce a perfect miter joint.
Featured on and included with the MiterMate are: V-fence with sliding faces to provide maximum workpiece support, telescoping steel extensions to support long workpieces, one horizontal hold down clamp, dust bag, 10″ 40-tooth carbide tip saw, and Laser Trac laser saw guide.
Additional specifications are as follows: 15A motor, arbor size of 5/8″ for 10″ blade, 4800 RPM, an adjustable bevel of 0 to 45°, blade guard, and on/off switch.
The Craftsman Miter Mate is available at Sears and is priced at $250. If you can wait for a sale, you could find the saw for as low as about $220 on average.
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Maybe I’m just old and set in my ways, but this setup seems unnecessarily complicated and cumbersome to me.
While it would take some time to get used to, it’s actually not as cumbersome as it looks. As claimed, the saw really does adjust rather quickly and easily.
I should have stated that my comment was only my first impression. I have not had my hands on the miter saw yet.Thats why I read your tool reviews, to get the straight scoop on tools.
Haha, don’t worry about. My impression when first seeing the MiterMate in the new Craftsman catalog was “how the heck do you set that up?”
As a matter of fact, we are working on a review of the MiterMate, and thus far it’s looking to be a rather positive one.
I would like to see how to cut a 45 (as an example) in the middle of a long piece (think custom made molding that your wanting to get rid of a knot).
As for angle tools, Stanley sold a angle divider for YEARS (others still make them) and T bevels should be a standard in any toolbox. I personally have/use a Nobex Multifix (has a feature the old Stanley’s that I have seen, don’t).
Came back and looked at the picture again. Does the base move with the fence? If so, how do you use/mount a miter stand with it?
The fences can slide out a bit to accommodate long beams or molding. With respect to angle tools, Craftsman’s angle finder mates directly with the fence system, and in that respect it is most unique.
There are three fixed mounting points – two at the rear, and one at the front of the saw.
i know this is a really old post, but after clicking through the links from the most recent craftsman saw update, i came upon this and noticed a bit of information missing. i wanted to point out that the design more than likely came from a saw Festool only sells in Europe called the “Symmetric”. You can find it on their UK site, or by following this link to a UK dealer. http://www.axminster.co.uk/festool-festool-symmetric-sym-70-e-gb-compound-mitre-saw-prod876500/
I really try not to think of Craftsman as an innovator, seeing as the majority of their “inventions” from the past few decades have mostly been patents which theyve bought from mostly independent toolmakers. Generally what goes along with inovation is a certain level of build quality and pride in worksmanship. On the other hand, if you were to buy someone else’s idea, you’d want to find every way imaginable to cut production costs to levy the dues you’ll have to pay to the creator for each unit sold.
Just a new thought on an old topic.
Thanks for your insight, it does look like the MiterMate may have been heavily influenced by the Festool Symmetric design!
I and Bob Gifford from Black & Decker, invented the Mitermate in 2007. We were told by B&D that they couldn’t make it because it was too expensive. After we retired, they sold the design to a Chinese manufacturer. We were paid for the initial patent but received no residuals from B&D.
I designed the angle measurement tool to complete the tool system.