Koolkut KF Vertical Panel Saws from Sagetech Machinery – Accurate, Capable and British Made

By Peter Brett – independent machinery tester

 Sagetech Machinery is a well-established British company specialising in making vertical panel saws – from heavy duty models that are at home in a very busy professional joinery workshop right down to the portable ZK8 that can be folded up and taken on site.

I know from questioning regular users of vertical panel saws (most often used from timber yards and joinery shops to signmakers and plastics distributors to cut up sheet materials) that they can be very difficult to load up and adjust. I have had sheets of MDF cut for me that can be as much as 10mm out of square from corner to corner – but if you read the fine print you have no comeback.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy a vertical panel saw that came at an affordable price, was inherently accurate due to the use of strong frames and robust bearings and was made in the UK? Well you can – and I was given the opportunity to try out the new Koolkut KF12 at the W16 Show at the NEC.

My first examination of the Koolkut KF range focussed on strength and rigidity of the frame. It goes without saying that any flexibility in the frame would make for an inaccurate saw. It is very clear, even to the naked eye, from the stand and frame and the top and bottom bearing runners, that strength is simply built in. The steel is thick and rigid enough to support the heavy sheets of MDF etc that will be the daily diet of these saws. This is all achieved by using the most modern laser cutting and bending methods at a factory near Worcester.

The use of lasers for precision cutting once again makes a vital difference, ensuring that the top beam and column bearing surfaces are precise, with the bottom supports exactly parallel to the top beam. In this way Sagetech Machinery is able to achieve astonishing accuracy for its machines. Of course we know that due maintenance is required to maintain accuracy, but it is comforting to know that accuracy is intentionally designed and built in.

I also examined the bearings on the sawhead closely. These are standard off-the-shelf components that are not only well tested, but also reasonably priced, making maintenance easier and cheaper.

The sawhead itself uses a Festool TS75 plunge saw with some clever but simple masking on it to increase dust collection to almost 100%. The beauty of this saw arrangement is that bevel cuts are made by simply adjusting the protractor on the saw base. The sawhead itself is made from robust pressed steel with built in adjustments that are easy for end users to make, thus ensuring ongoing accuracy in use.

Horizontal cuts are made by simply releasing the catches and turning the saw to the click stop – it really is that easy to use. While in use, hands are kept well out of the way of whirling blades because the plunge and movement mechanism requires two hands to operate it.

Another feature of accurate saws is the quality of the material supports and rests. The Koolkut KF answer is as simple as it is practical – the rests are steel sections to which MDF sections are bolted so that they are easily replaceable by end users. The supports are similar but stronger, since they carry the weight of very heavy sheets.

Typical users of the Koolkut range would be smaller workshops, shop and kitchen fitters and signmakers, it is clear that the level of investment is well within the bounds of possibility and will be easily recoverable in greater productivity. And it won’t take up loads of space in the workshop either!

Time to Google SAGETECH MACHINERY maybe?



Zapkut ZM from Sagetech – The Saw You Can’t Afford NOT to Use!

By Peter Brett

We have all heard stories of how investment in expensive tools is so great that you can’t afford to have any downtime on them. Well, how about a British designed and made vertical panel saw that is accurate, easy to use and is reasonably priced – so reasonably priced in fact, that small workshops can afford to buy one and find a place for it in the premises.

The saw I am talking about is the Zapkut ZM series from British company, Sagetech Machinery, a company with many years’ experience making vertical panel saws for many types of users.

The ZM series comes in two sizes – the ZM12 and the ZM16. The difference is that the ZM 12 will take sheets of material of 2500x1250mm while the ZM 16 will take a full 3100x1600mm sheet. Both saws have a 32mm depth of cut so will easily handle the standard 18-20mm thick sheet of manmade material.

What I liked about the ZM12 when I tried it was the absolute simplicity of use. On the cleverly designed, rotatable sawhead (needed for vertical and horizontal cutting) is mounted a standard Festool plunge saw, which is included with the machine. This can be connected to Sagetech’s optional excellent dust collection vacuum, so this ticks the important H&S dust safety box. Since the saws can also be tilted for mitre cuts, accurate bevel cuts come as standard with the Zapkut ZM.

So how – when we are told that British manufacturing industry can’t compete – does Sagetech Machinery produce a saw that retails at under £5,000 that has almost pinpoint accuracy every time? The answer seems to lie in clever design, maximum use of standard components and precision laser cutting and welding.

Each saw starts its life in a modern factory near Worcester where precision laser cut components are cut and shaped. Again by using lasers to produce the components, the all important top and bottom beams of the saw are accurately placed and then the rest of the framework holds them into a well-braced whole that does not move – I tried it – it is rigid!

The all important bearings and runners are off the shelf components – obviously cheaper to obtain and replace if necessary. You might also notice that the things like the sacrificial bearers are made from strips of MDF and the stops are made of steel strips with MDF sections that are simply screwed into place. This arrangement makes it easy for end users to replace worn out pieces themselves, adding to the cost effectiveness of the whole package.

With barely five minutes of explanation and a limited experience of using vertical panel saws, I was able to get a perfect right angle cut on a piece of 18mm thick MDF board safely and easily. Because operating the saw is a two handed operation, fingers are kept well away from any dangerous bits and there was no discernible dust in the air. As usual, it took longer to load and align the sheet than it did to do the cut.

The target market? I think that any “small user” cutting between 10 to 30 sheets a week would soon recoup their investment with the greater accuracy and speed that it would bring to production. Since wall saws take up very little space and are actually much safer and more accurate than using a table saw to cut sheet materials, it seems to me a bit of a no brainer to give the Zapkut range a look. It could be a very wise decision indeed.


Sagetech Machinery are an Incubator Zone Exhibitor at Durham Oktoberfest

We are glad to inform you that we are set to exhibit at Durham Oktoberfest on October 19th at the Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. The event, which returns this October for its TENTH year, focuses on showcasing the Engineering and Manufacturing excellence in the North East with over 100 exhibiting companies, many of which are now repeat exhibitors because of the value and benefits they derive from this event.

The event provides an annual opportunity for the Engineering and Manufacturing sector to come together and demonstrate both their individual and collective capability with the aim of meeting new contacts, strengthening their network and ultimately winning new orders and generating sales.

The organisers of Durham Oktoberfest have teamed up with Business Durham’s Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP) to create the Incubator Zone and offer companies a mini exhibitor package which will mean the Incubator Zone exhibitors can have a presence within the show for first time event exhibitors.

We welcome anybody to come down between 9am – 4pm and say hello, but if you can’t make it on the day we will be showcasing the day on our social media (our TwitterFacebook and Instagram) so be sure to check us out there and interact using the hashtag, #Oktoberfest10.

Anybody who is attending, we hope to see you there and we look forward with interacting & networking with all the visitors and fellow exhibitors. We can’t wait to get started.


Sagetech Machinery become a FESTOOL dealer!

It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce that SAGETECH MACHINERY LIMITED have become an authorised dealer for FESTOOL. The agreement allows us to supply all of the machinery, accessories and consumables that are offered from FESTOOL. We will be showing some of the FESTOOL range in our showroom in County Durham, along with continuing to partner our VERTICAL PANEL SYSTEMS with the FESTOOL saws and extraction systems that we have been doing for many year’s.

FESTOOL specialise in the fields of timber construction, carpentry, painting and renovation work as well as paintwork preparation and finishing. They promise perfection. No more and no less. Aim is to guarantee the same quality at all production locations, according to the “Made in Germany” standard. FESTOOL’S passion for high-quality power tools has continued for more than 90 years. We share this fascination with our users and fans. Our products make life easier for professional tradespeople – and help them to achieve perfect results faster. We always think systematically, right down to the finest detail. Over 350 patents, 80 awards, for both the products and company. And, above all our satisfied customers are testament to our innovative success.
In the coming weeks we will be launching our very own e-commerce website where you can purchase all of the FESTOOL products directly from us, with a nice little incentive. The shop link can be found below and also on our main website www.sagetechmachinery.co.uk

The staff at SAGETECH MACHINERY have recently been through the FESTOOL dealer training so that they have the right skill sets to demonstrate the products to you along with the knowledge to guide you to the right product for your needs. This training was undertaken at Festool UK which is a subsidary of Festool Germany. Festool UK are based in Bury St Edmunds, operating since 2003 which now has around 55 employees operating in the UK in Sales, Service, Customer Service, Marketing, Finance and Accounts and Logistics.

County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN)

Sagetech Machinery become a CDEMN Member

We are very glad to announce that Sagetech Machinery are now official members of CDEMN.

County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN) is an organisation created to support the continued growth of over 1,000 of the companies which make up the area’s thriving engineering and manufacturing industries.

Worth millions of pounds to County Durham’s economy, CDEMN’s aim to encourage firms of all sizes to inter-trade, using local suppliers rather than outsourcing to companies elsewhere in the country; and share ideas and experiences which will ensure the engineering and manufacturing sectors continue to grow.

We have decided to become a member of CDEMN as it gives us the benefits of a range of services, such as the opportunity to meet and network with other business’ in the Engineering and Manufacturing industry from the North East. We see this as a great opportunity and couldn’t resist to grab it with both hands.

CDEMN also deliver Durham Oktoberfest, the North East’s premier engineering and manufacturing show, every year. Durham Oktoberfest 2017 is on Thursday, October 19th 2017 (9am-4pm) at The Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. Now in its 10th year, Durham Oktoberfest 2017 is set to once again surpass the success of previous years.

We can also announce that we will be be exhibiting at this years show! We will provide for information on our stand and offers closer to the time. For more information on Durham Oktoberfest, click here.


As the new year is well underway and the festive period fading away quickly, the SAGETECH MACHINERY team are delighted to announce a new development for existing and potential new customers! We can confirm that we are now able to offer finance on any of the SAGETECH machinery products, allowing you to spread the cost each month for your brand new vertical panel saw! No need for your cash flow to take a hit, spread the cost and see the great benefit’s that a Sagetech vertical panel saw will make to your business, by having an in house machine!

Finance packages can be spread over, 2,3,4 or even 5 years and can be tailored to suit everyone’s budget and need. No need to worry about big deposit’s, or super high interest rates! We are working with some of the best machinery departments within finance companies, who understand why businesses need to purchase machinery such as Sagetech’s Vertical Panel Saw’s that will become a vital asset within your business.

For example; the ZAPKUT ZK8 can be purchased from as little as £5 per week plus vat! Or the KOOLKUT KK machines starting from as little as £28 per week plus vat! This is a huge development for allowing every person or business to add a vertical panel saw to there business with out breaking the bank!

Contact the team for full details and finance pricing for all of our machines.

T: 0191 691 3044

E: hello@sagetechmachinery.co.uk



As many of you may have noticed, there have been some changes made to Sagetech and the vertical panel saw website recently!

From January the 1st 2017, Sagetech and their range of Vertical Panel Saws came under new ownership. The previous owner of Sagetech Limited, Keith Bunker, made the decision to sell the business, allowing him to retire after over 14 years of developing our Vertical Panel Saw’s. Keith has worked very hard on Sagetech and 2016 saw their most successful year making it the perfect opportunity to change hands.

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce Craig Williams the New Owner and Managing Director of Sagetech Machinery Limited and Vertical Panel Saws. Craig has worked and known Keith for many years, seeing how the machines have developed and how strong the Sagetech offering has become. Each machine has been improved in line with industry feedback, completing the range of models and allowing a cost effective solution for your sheet cutting requirements.

As the business is expanding under the new ownership, you will see that we have moved premises and updated various areas of our website. We have updated and modernised our branding and filled the website with more useful information. We have also started to offer finance options to make your vertical panel saw more affordable and a trade in scheme for your old and used machinery.

Over the next few months, you will see further products added to our portfolio as the organisation continues to grow. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Keith a happy retirement and we look forward to strengthening current relationships and building new partnerships going forward.


Everyone here at Sagetech Machinery would like to wish you a Happy New Year and a successful 2017. We hope you have settled back in after your Christmas Break and are ready to face the New Year ahead!

Sagetech Machinery Limited have some exciting news to start 2017!  Last year saw Sagetech’s most successful year since it was established in 2002. A phenomenal W16, Sign and Digital, new and improved machines and new international re-sellers means that 2017 is set to be even better.

To start 2017, Sagetech would like to introduce Craig Williams, the New Owner and Managing Director of Sagetech Machinery Limited and Vertical Panel Saws. Craig has officially purchased Sagetech and Vertical Panel Saws from Keith & Nicky Bunker allowing them to retire after many years of building some fantastic product’s and great business.

Sagetech have developed an unprecedented reputation for their Vertical Panel Saws and 2017 will see some brilliant machine developments and further expansion under its new ownership.We are delighted to share with you, our new branding to match our exciting future and to announce that we are now able to offer weekly and monthly finance options, making your Vertical Panel Saw more affordable and allowing you to spread out the cost.

So what better way to begin your 2017, than by investing in your business and purchasing your Vertical Panel Saw today? Get in touch to discuss your requirements, finance options and see how one of our Vertical Panel Saws can help your business to improve productivity, and reduce waste while making you more efficient. We have also introduced our new trade in scheme, aimed around benefiting from your used machinery when purchasing a new vertical panel saw.

So what better way to begin your 2017, than by investing in your business and purchasing your Vertical Panel Saw today? Get in touch to discuss your requirements, finance options and see how one of our Vertical Panel Saws can help your business to improve productivity, and reduce waste while making you more efficient.

We will look forward to hearing from you soon and discussing our affordable finance options in greater detail.

Our new contact details are:

E: hello@sagetechmachinery.co.uk

T: 0191 691 3044

Visit us at the Sign & Digital Show 2016

Sagetech are delighted to be exhibiting again at the renowned Sign & Digital Show 19 – 21 April 2016, NEC Birmingham Stand R38


Sign & Digital UK has been a vital part of the industry calendar for nearly 30 years. It offers a unique market place for the industry – supporting and reflecting the dynamic and rapid changes taking place in the sign making, display solutions and digital printing sectors.

Sign & Digital UK is the only exhibiton to showcase such a wide range of products and services for the sign making, display solutions and digital printing industries.


As a valued contact, we are offering a discount on any orders placed at the show on any ZAPKUT or KOOLKUT cutting systems


Vertikalen Plattensägen von Sagetech auf der Viscom 2015

Wir sind gerade zurück von der erstaunlichen Viscom 2015 Show in Düsseldorf, Deutschland , wo unsere Vertikale Plattensäge Bereiche nahm die Show im Sturm.

Viscom ist einer von Europas renommiertesten Fachmessen für die Werbetechnik und Großformat grafische Industrie. Sagetech waren erfreut zu sein , die unsere Auswahl von vertikalen Plattensägen, um eine große Anzahl von eifrigen Besuchern.

Wir konnten die ZK , ZM &amp KF Maschinen auf dem Sagetech Ausstellung Ausstellungsstand hatten alle drei Maschinen eingeschaltet , so dass interessierte Käufer könnte ein Gefühl für die Verarbeitungsqualität und Benutzerfreundlichkeit aller unserer Maschinen zu bekommen.