Craftsman MiterMate – Model 21226 Review

The Craftsman 10″ Craftsman 10″ MiterMate Miter Saw (21226) 5/8 in. Miter Saw Model 21226 is unlike any saw that you have ever seen before. Compared to a traditional miter saw and radial arm saw, the MiterMate, with its unique V-fence system, will help woodworkers and the fixitherself tribe to save time and increase the accuracy of their miter joints.

by: Paul Sikkema

Click here to purchase this saw: Craftsman 10″ MiterMate Miter Saw (21226) 5/8 in.

Craftsman MiterMate

Have you ever tried to install trim in an old house? For that matter have you tried to install trim in a remodeled house? From my experience the mitered corners are never exactly 90 degrees. They are usually a degree or two off and it always takes me a couple of trips from the saw to the corner and back before I get the trim cut to my satisfaction.  When my saw is on one floor and the wall to be trimmed another, well………

With this saw you can make accurate miter and angle cuts the first time, every time. It doesn’t matter if the corner is perfect or not you can make the correct cut the first time.

Using The Saw:

The procedure you use to make a miter cut with the Craftsman MiterMate is different than what you are used to, but it is very easy once you use it a time or two.  It saves a lot of time when it comes to cutting trim.

Instead of making several test cuts to get the perfect fit for mating trim pieces, First take the included angle finder to duplicate the corner.  Then,  you take the angle finder to the saw and transfer that angle to the saw by pivoting the fences–not the blade–to match.   Then you simply cut both pieces of trim on their respective sides for an exact fit. Each fence moves 45° front and back (over 90 degrees) so you can cut inside and outside corners.  The fence you are not using to make the cut slides out of the way for wide pieces of trim.

The fences also line up as on a standard miter saw to make 90 degree cuts . The saw bevels (tilts) up to 45° to the left.  The saw really does adjust rather quickly and easily.

Specifications From Sears:

Included with the innovative MiterMate is an angle finder tool that is used to measure the corner 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, cutting the two mating pieces of molding will produce a perfect miter joint.

Features:

Moving fence with sliding faces to provide maximum workpiece support.
Retractable extensions to support long workpieces
Laser Trac cutting guide
One hold down clamp, dust bag, 10″ 40-tooth carbide saw
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 Craftsman MiterMate is available at Sears.com and is priced around $200. Click here to go to Sears to read more and buy. Craftsman 10″ MiterMate Miter Saw (21226) 5/8 in. You can buy online and pick it up at your nearest Sears, Sears Hometown or Sears Hardware store.

Pros:

You may or may not like this saw. Just like when the miter saw first came out, there are a lot of people who like this saw and a few doomsayers who think this saw is worthless. But I think with a few improvements this type of saw will eventually replace the miter saw – just like the miter saw replaced the radial arm saw.

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. With the Craftsman MiterMate you adjust the fence to make the desired miter angle.

Cons:

I really don’t have any concerns with this saw but I have two suggestions to make it even better. It is a well built saw and will last for years for fix-it-herselfer’s and normal use.

I would like to see a 12 inch version of this saw. For most homeowners who install typical trim the Model 21226 has enough depth to make your cuts. But I have a whole house of Victorian style trim to install. Most of the trim and corner blocks are 4 to 4 1/2 inches high and this model will not work. The 21226 will only cut to a depth of 3 5/8 inches. Since I have over 80 corner blocks to install (not one corner is exactly 90 degrees) I would buy a 12 inch version of this saw in a heartbeat.

Summary:

You may or may not like this saw. It’s different. Just like when the miter saw first came out, there are a lot of people who like this saw and a few doomsayers who think this saw is worthless. But I think with Sears developing a few accessories and building a 12 inch version, this type of saw will eventually replace the miter saw – just like the miter saw replaced the radial arm saw.  I will buy the 12 inch model when it comes out.

Now ……….. a sliding MiterMate…..I wonder if that is possible?

Buy Here:

Click here to purchase this saw: Craftsman 10″ MiterMate Miter Saw (21226) 5/8 in.. You can purchase this saw online and pick it up at your nearest Sears. Or you can buy it, have it shipped to your home or have it delivered to your home for a normal fee. Included in the price is a 90 day money-back return and a one year warranty. You can also purchase up to a 5 year protection plan that includes a yearly tune-up, and a replacement policy. If the saw breaks and they can’t fix it, you will get a new saw during the protection plan period. Everything is covered except the blade.

Here are two good miter saw stands for your new saw.

Craftsman Deluxe Miter Saw Stand

NEW! Craftsman Quick Lift Gravity Stand

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