February 18, 2010

Win a Craftsman MiterMate from Tool Snob and Sears

mitermate_1.jpgYesterday we reviewed the Craftsman MiterMate, and today we're giving it away. It's out in the shop and all boxed up, waiting to be sent out to one of you. To enter the contest, drop a comment at this post telling us what makes you so special and why you should be the one to win the tool. The winner will be decided by random drawing next Friday (Feb 26th).

Because it's a random drawing, the content of your answer doesn't affect your chances of winning, but for our sake, put at least 2 minutes of thought into it. The one and two word answers just don't cut it. In fact, we'll add in a second prize for the most original entry.

Because the box is crazy heavy, we're only accepting entries from the contiguous United States. The postage rates for any place beyond that will cause us to start digging into Tool Snob Jr.'s college fund and we don't want to do that.

A big thanks to the people at Sears for suggesting the give-away. Check out the entire line of Craftsman tools here.

Our review of the MiterMate is here.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at February 18, 2010 5:32 AM

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Recent Comments

My wife and I both recently became disabled and money is hard to come by. We could use the miter saw to build fancy bird houses and wooden toys to see at craft shows.


Posted by: James Scott at September 22, 2011 1:10 AM

I carve antique cars. this saw will save me a great deal of time in removing excess material


Posted by: Barry at June 23, 2010 12:26 PM

I've been remodeling houses most of my life. This sure would make it alot easier. Craftman tools are the best. What makes me so special? I am a single woman, move over guys!


Posted by: Christine at April 9, 2010 3:50 PM

A tree fell down in the back yard. If I could cut it up I could make charcoal. If I could cut it into small cubes I could fit the charcoal into my Hibachi. If I could fuel the Hibachi I could cook dinner. I REALLY need this saw to put food on the table.


Posted by: Dan Clark at February 26, 2010 11:13 AM

I think I shoulld win the Sears Mitre Saw because I don't gripe on how Sears Craftsman is not the company my father loved. Sears as far as tools are concerned are still the best for the DIYer.


Posted by: Howard Miller at February 25, 2010 11:02 PM

A tube of caulk to fill in gaps between cuts that dont line up due to using the wrong saw for the job=$3.99. The money that goes into my daughters "Naughty Jar" for using a profanity after seeing that the cut doesnt line up=$.25. Money spent on renting a miter saw to finish the project right=$20.00. Winning the Craftsman MiterMate that you have been drooling over=Priceless!


Posted by: Tom at February 25, 2010 6:52 PM

I recently bought a house and I have a number of projects around the house that could benefit from the MiterMate.


Posted by: Rob at February 25, 2010 10:23 AM

I have been unemployed for over a year, my car was repossessed, my house is in foreclosure, and my bank account balance is -$29.13. I have been doing some work on the side but I have to borrow my father's saw whenever I need one. It would be great to have one of my own so I don't have to travel to dad's house all the time. Pity me.


Posted by: Brad at February 25, 2010 8:29 AM

My 10 year old Craftsman 10" has enough molding to consider this as good replacement.


Posted by: J. Hill at February 24, 2010 10:06 PM

I could really use this miter saw!


Posted by: P Briggs at February 24, 2010 7:33 PM

Great minds behind the ToolSnob.com publishing empire I am at your good graces in helping me fulfill my life’s work. I am constructing the perfect trap to finally snare the elusive sasquatch and contain it for the world to witness. It just so happens a miter saw is one of the tools required and banks have been reluctant to grant me the needed capital for tools and such.


Posted by: J Finn at February 24, 2010 7:17 PM

I've never owned an electric miter saw. I have a miter box and a lousy hand saw, with which I make really poor cuts. The saw is dull and the box guides are sawn wide enough that the cut made is never really what I intended.


Posted by: victor at February 24, 2010 8:09 AM

I NEED this saw. The magic smoke just leaked out of the motor of my old one.


Posted by: MetalCutter at February 23, 2010 1:59 PM

Being a perfectionist, I'm not one for cutting corners--except when I have to. Seems like this tool allows me to cut them perfectly.


Posted by: matt at February 23, 2010 10:47 AM

As an occasional miter-cutter, this is an answer to many hours of frustration! In addition, it would make me a 'greener' woodworker, since I would throw away less wood. I wish I had thought of this first...


Posted by: Mark Bradford at February 23, 2010 10:22 AM

Count me in as one of the unskilled masses... I've got the handyman desire, but none of the experience, so I need all of the crutches I can get for my home repair projects. With this tool, I may finally be able to finish putting up the baseboard that my wife has graciously overlooked for very close to a year now.


Posted by: Marcus H. at February 23, 2010 9:50 AM

How did you know I have three bedrooms to re-trim and two of them have at least one angled wall? You guys are right on time with this one!


Posted by: VuDuDaDi at February 23, 2010 8:56 AM

I am in the process of renovating a 100 year old row house. A miter saw is one of the tools I desperately need for all kinds of work.


Posted by: Robert Easton at February 23, 2010 8:53 AM

a mitermate saw!
while rebuilding my old shed
in spring would help much.
-b


Posted by: Bobby at February 23, 2010 7:53 AM

Why i think i could use a new mitre saw.i waited 8 months to purchase a house it was a short sale a headache in itself. this is my first home.I just closed the other day.the work i had to do just to bring the house up to code i should have bought a mitre saw but i didnt.i have to replace 25 windows and redo all the rooms including all the molding and door frames i dont mind thats what home owner ship is the work never ends and i enjoy the work with good tools. this house is worth it. also it would make my wife jealous seeing that she is a wood shop teacher and doesnt have one.thank you for your time


Posted by: john at February 23, 2010 3:03 AM

Rocket scientist/engineer, former volunteer firefighter, and new homeowner of a house in need of a substantial update from the 80's. A MitreMate would go a long way to cut through my to-do list...

--S


Posted by: Shalin at February 22, 2010 7:09 PM

Just TRIED to install crown molding on non 90degree walls and failed... With the mitermate, i think i'd have a much better chance at producing a quality job. Ya know.. since i wont have to think... Now i just need some fancy tool that would tell me how long my wall is... MeasureMate anyone??


Posted by: Jason at February 22, 2010 6:24 PM

I'm a chick that likes woodworking, and I'm making a skateboard- I think that this makes me awesome enough to receive the Mitermate.


Posted by: Lindsay H at February 22, 2010 6:18 PM

Winning this saw would be a great way to kick-start a crown molding project for our living room.


Posted by: Spencer at February 22, 2010 5:05 PM

I am about to buy my first house, and due to my first time home buyers budget I'm looking at fixer-uppers. The place my lady and I are going to settlment on in a few weeks badly needs all new molding and we want to put in hardwood floors, as my allergies are awful and if we keep the cat-hair-ridden carpeting I'll be sleeping on the coach for the rest of my life, due to snoring that "sounds like I'm wrestling a bear with my face" according to the my girlfriend. I'm buying a miter saw anyway, it would be awfully nice to have a free one, and be able spend that money elsewhere, either on closing cost, the mortgage, the taxes, or just on the material to run through the new saw.


Posted by: Andrew I at February 22, 2010 3:57 PM

This comment is not a justification.


Posted by: Stephen Hibit at February 22, 2010 3:30 PM

Just an average joe who could use the miter saw to do more things around the house.


Posted by: Greg Wilson-Lindberg at February 22, 2010 3:25 PM

I'm in the process of buying my first house, purely for the purpose of setting up a woodworking shop. Unfortunately, buying tools for said workshop has to be put on hold so I don't completely empty my pockets. This could/would go a long way for me!


Posted by: Dylan at February 22, 2010 3:04 PM

I've been building a CNC machine and I've been working with a cheapo circular saw and handsaws. In this application and for most woodworking projects, accuracy is required.

Having the MiterMate would save me tons of time and headache!

Thank you!!


Posted by: Chris Larson at February 22, 2010 3:04 PM

I could really use something like this. My wife has made the decision that we are switching to white trim so that caulk can hide some of the more unsightly gaps.


Posted by: jeff at February 22, 2010 1:48 PM

My son's Boy Scouts troop could really use a quality miter saw. I do a lot of work with the boys, and they would like to be able to accurately cut angles, especially for the Eagle projects, but the saw they have is kinda junky.

I've been thinking of donating my own saw, but without a replacement, I've been hesitant. I'd feel better about donating mine if I knew I could count on a similar replacement.


Posted by: Rick Waters at February 22, 2010 1:26 PM

Mmm...Craftsman MiterMate. Just in time for my kitchen crown project.


Posted by: Chad at February 22, 2010 1:16 PM

The finish work in my house looks like it was done by a blind, one-armed trim hanger. I've been re-doing one room at a time, and owing this awesome machine would save me from continually borrowing my friendly neighbor's miter saw.


Posted by: Matt at February 22, 2010 12:43 PM

Just bought a house last fall. I have plenty of projects to put this bad boy to work on. Plus, it would come in handy for cutting cow femurs in half (for my Great Danes). That hacksaw is starting to wear out.


Posted by: David G at February 22, 2010 12:26 PM

Well as long as this is "tool snob" I guess then the reason I think I'm deserving of the saw is that out of all the entries here I'm the only one who could utilize all of it's new fancy-schmancy features, miters, box adjustments, etc...


Posted by: Brian at February 22, 2010 11:51 AM

I'm finally the not so new guy on the job. For those that know I am not the F.N.G. First letter you will have to figure out yourselves but the last two mean new guy. What does that mean? Well, unfortunately for me it still means that I have to do the grunt work which isn't so bad because I secretly like sweeping up at the end of the day and the setting up at the beginning. There is something peaceful about it knowing that once the day starts it might be anything but. Back to no longer being the FNG means that I finally get to put wood on the power tools rather than just connect them to electricity. I feel like it I have somehow graduated. A rite of passage. My boss knows that I am mindful of my sleeves and take my gloves off before cutting and that he won't likely have to rush me to the emergency room but more importantly I have learned a healthy respect for the tools of the trade that make out jobs somewhat easier and more efficient and maybe even a little profitable. I may not be a master carpenter but I am a little closer. I still use the hand saws but now at least I when my boss calls out cuts I'm the one at the saw.


Posted by: David W at February 22, 2010 11:19 AM

I need this tool because my wife thinks I don't so I'm unlikely to be buying it on my own.


Posted by: Wesley Womack at February 22, 2010 11:02 AM

Why do I deserve this tool? Well, I can tell you I'm cautious enough that I went and read the review first. There's a voice in my head that goes "woo-woo-woo" at the thought of free stuff. But quite honestly the last thing I need is more stuff in the garage.

And that is why I don't want this saw. Give it to someone who doesn't have a miter saw yet. My el cheapo Ryobi has a wonky laser, the hard stops at 45 degrees are really around 46 and I have no miter tricks, but still it works well enough for me.

I don't have room to swoop my stock around, although it's a neat idea, and I can make do with what I've got, so good luck to someone who doesn't have this tool yet.


Posted by: Charles at February 22, 2010 10:47 AM

I love the site and the news letter. I am working to finish a very long and drawn out remodel. I am finally at the case work stage and the MiterMate sure would help me not only speed up the process, but I suspect improve my finish work all together.


Posted by: Terry at February 22, 2010 9:12 AM

I am a single Mom and a Kindergarden teacher and just bought a 60 year old house that needs a lot of work. My Dad helps me out whenever he can on the weekend but there is so much trim and flooring to do I need my own tools to get the house in tip top shape. Dare you give this beautiful tool to a woman.....:~)


Posted by: Cari Phillips at February 22, 2010 6:56 AM

Dear Tool Snobs
I really need one of them Miter Saw helper outers, I have 4 boys ages 12, 10, 7, and 8mos. and I like them to be diverse so we are teaching them the Miter system right along with regular ole feet and inches measuring....funny thing though I always thought it was spelled Meter.....so much for my edumacation....

Richard Morreale


Posted by: Richard Morreale at February 22, 2010 5:51 AM

I am a pro contractor and my 13 year old Craftsman miter saw bit the dust last week. I told a friend of mine I was going to look at reviews for a new saw and he directed me to toolsnob. I feel like it is destiny. I need a new saw, you are giving away a new saw. Need I say more.


Posted by: Andy at February 21, 2010 4:13 PM

Most of my power tools are Craftsman and this miter saw would be a nice complement to my meager work shop. I am retired and spend most of my days building with wood. My wife can think of more items to create then I have creative ability to build. This saw would be a big help.


Posted by: Robert Mirsberger at February 21, 2010 3:17 PM

I actually need this. Six months ago I read all the books, watched all the videos and purchased all the crown molding I needed. But I'm still too afraid to make the first cut!


Posted by: Tim M at February 21, 2010 3:03 PM

I think that this miter saw is a great solution for those people who do not have the best carpentry skills, but still want nice miter joints. I myself am one of these people. I am putting trim up in multiple rooms of my house and using an inexpensive miter saw tuned up as best i can get it. No matter what i do the miters aren't quite perfect. A saw like this would save me a ton of aggravation and produce much better results.


Posted by: Matt B at February 21, 2010 12:32 PM

I could REALLY use this right now. I've got a 2200 sf house that has only the beginnings of crown molding. Being able to properly cut corners would save me lots of time (and of course money!).


Posted by: Mark D at February 20, 2010 10:54 PM

I'm the kind of guy who's always in the middle of a half dozen projects around the house. And buying a new tool give me an excuse to finish one once in a while.

Well, I'm down to one functioning bathroom and half the trim in the living room isn't done. The front stairs need work..

Yeah, having one of these would sure get me moving again, and that would make everyone around here happy ;-)


Posted by: Josh at February 20, 2010 6:15 PM

When we bought our home (new) 8 years ago, the only rooms we spent much time & effort fixing up was the kid's bedrooms. Now The Nest is empty & the wife & I are starting a long-term project on the rest of the house - new floors, window moldings & sills, crown & chair moldings, etc. On a good day I'm a so-so handyman so tools like the MiterMate are made for me. Thank you!


Posted by: Jim D at February 20, 2010 3:49 PM

I absolutely need this. I currently have to borrow my cousin's husbands mitre saw, and granted he doesn't use it, neither do I, because it's broke, and I can't just go around returning broken miter saws to people, and saying things like 'it was this way when I found it', and by found it I mean dropped it.
Mostly I need to finished the molding and trim in the front room of my mothers house, before she gets back and sees that I ripped out all the old stuff.
So when I think do I need a mitersaw? The question is really do I wish to continue to be a member of this family and have a roof over my head?
Both answers are yes.
Thanks Toolsnob, I keep you in the heart of my toolbar, in the web browser of my life.


Posted by: Beth at February 20, 2010 3:46 PM

I have not been very successful at cutting crown joints with my existing saw. I still have a bunch to do. It looks like this saw may help- it would be worth a try, but I wouldn't buy one just to try it as I do have a saw.


Posted by: ErikP at February 19, 2010 10:57 PM

I work for non-profit volunteer based home builder on the Gulf Coast, so you can imagine the difficulties of teaching a new group of volunteers(unskilled) each week on how to use hammer let alone a miter saw. I have seen things mitres cut in ways that i couldn't reproduce if I tried. I would love to try this mitre mate not only to maintain my sanity, but to relieve the anguish of our home-owners who have stare at poorly installed trim for the life of their brand new house. and I should mention that i don't make squat so i can't go out and buy this thing.


Posted by: Brett at February 19, 2010 9:10 PM

I'm building my retirement woodworking shop as we speak. This would be a great addition. I like my Sears tools.


Posted by: Sonny at February 19, 2010 4:38 PM

I'm in the process of upgrading my old "that was good enough" shop tools with better stuff. This would make a nice addition!


Posted by: Kerry Drake at February 19, 2010 2:54 PM

I just got laid off my office job - Screw it, I'm going home to build cabinets!


Posted by: Doug at February 19, 2010 2:43 PM

"Mmmm, rotating blade o'death". Can't say I really need this but hey, can you really have too many tools?

Nice reviews, keep up the good work.


Posted by: Dana at February 19, 2010 2:42 PM

I would love to own this saw so would my Dad who happens to have a birthday coming up. A saw like that isn't owned though, it would only grace you with its presence. I promise I'd only use it with stain-grade moulding, not that gouged, pre-primed pine crap.


Posted by: Jim at February 19, 2010 12:39 PM

I'm a snob and a poor one at that after spending so much money on a growing tool collection and my four kids... Scratch my itch for a miter saw and maybe my wife won't scratch my eyes out;)


Posted by: David at February 19, 2010 10:21 AM

For years I have wanted install custom molding in our home, and having this saw would push me to finally do it!


Posted by: Eddie at February 18, 2010 3:18 PM

I'm a 22 year old homeowner with a birthday coming up on March 19th. I scrimped and saved all through college and as soon as I got my "real life" job I looked for an affordable house near work. She and I have been together since November.

I do all the work (plumbing, HVAC, painting, building) for my place. I'm making a TV stand and bedframe (two separate projects) with the savings from my next paycheck and the MiterMate would be a fantastic addition to my small collection of tools.

Also if you have a table saw lying around that you can fit in the box as well that would be awesome! :-P


Posted by: Bryce Leo at February 18, 2010 3:11 PM

I have approx. 800 ft of molding that needs to be put and could make good use of it. Just finished painting it all this past weekend


Posted by: Bill at February 18, 2010 1:40 PM

I'm a new home owner (well, been in it for a year now) and still don't have any good tools for fixing/building things I need. I'd love a chance at this one :D please :D


Posted by: Joseph at February 18, 2010 12:54 PM

I am a big DIY type of guy. I'm renovating an off the grid cabin in VT and built a lot of outdoors furniture. As of right now, I have to cut all of my miters by hand with an old wooden miter box. Not exavtly the easiest thing in the world to do. I'd love to have this saw so I can start making more accurate and compound miter cuts. Thanks and fingers crossed!


Posted by: Adrian at February 18, 2010 12:38 PM

We just moved into an old house built in 1902. Unfortunately the previous owners pulled down all the crown molding. After cursing the heavens I started looking at miter saws. Your timing is impeccable, Tool Snob. Also, should I win the Mitermate, I promise to set aside several minutes of each day (1-3) for the promotion of world peace. It's the least I can do for a Mitermate.


Posted by: David at February 18, 2010 12:18 PM

Mitermate? Back in the old days of 2009 we made do with a hand saw and a hastily put together miter box made of mismatched one-by. Scrap pieces and a good scribe pencil were all we needed to make our joints flush. My old man used to chide us for our use of even those tools. I've often heard the tale "back in my day, we used lump charcoal for a pencil and a sharpened rock for a hand saw. You kids don't know the meaning of work!"

This, however.. should I ever have children of my own, I can regale them with tales of a time before mitermates; a time when men were men and hand saws abounded; a time when a finely crafted miter was a testament to your mismatched one-by miter box skills; a time when the phrase "that's a fine miter, mate" was a compliment from an Australian and not a comment on a fancy new electric saw.


Posted by: Paul at February 18, 2010 11:33 AM

I would love to win this tool because it won't fit in my garage. More specifically, it won't fit in my garage along with both my and my wife's cars. Which means if I win it, we'll just have to start parking one car in the driveway, freeing up room for a whole 'nother workbench and a lot more tools.


Posted by: Josh at February 18, 2010 11:25 AM

Would love to give this to my wife for her birthday. Our house needs some crown moulding done :).


Posted by: David at February 18, 2010 11:06 AM

I would love to win this tool.
I enjoy doing projects around the house but cannot afford a cool tool like this one.
It would definitely make me KING of the castle

Keep up the great work I read your reviews all the time


Posted by: Donald Cavanaugh at February 18, 2010 10:52 AM

I run a small woodshop thats available to 200+ architecture undergrad/grad students. Trying to awaken them to the beauty of a perfectly mitered joint (and the time they'll take to set it up right) is like herding cats.

This saw isn't for me, its for the children - think of the children.


Posted by: Aaron at February 18, 2010 10:42 AM

Seeing as I don't even have a miter saw, this would go a long way in helping me with my woodworking. I'm guessing this would save me a lot of time and material when I start trimming out my basement as well!


Posted by: Adam at February 18, 2010 10:03 AM

I am one of those noobs that can't ever get the perfect cut the first time on crown molding. So save my relationship with my wife and allow me to live up to her expecations by wining this tool for us miter saw morons.


Posted by: Kevin at February 18, 2010 9:43 AM

I am a great fan of the Tool Snob and would love to get my hands on a Mitermate. I could really use a tool like this as I do many trades and have not perfected my mitering technique. This would save me a lot of time and frustration. Thanks for selecting me!


Posted by: jerry kern at February 18, 2010 9:37 AM
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