ZAPKUT ZM REVIEW

Zapkut ZM from Sagetech – The Saw You Can 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.

KOOLKUT KF REVIEW

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?

www.verticalpanelsaw.co.uk

Tel: 0191 691 3044

FESTOOL DEALER AGREEMENT

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.

DURHAM OKTOBERFEST 2017

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 Twitter, Facebook 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.

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.

FESPA 2017 REVIEW

FESPA 2017 Overview

Sagetech Machinery were very fortunate to attend FESPA 2017 last week in Hamburg, Germany - connecting with other great businesses from all over the world, viewing amazing 3D models & signs and learning about the amazing world of print.

FESPA is the largest international wide format event in the world, so it was an amazing experience to attend. The event lasted 5 days, Monday 8th May – Friday 12th May, but unfortunately, we were only able to attend the Tuesday and Wednesday. However, despite this, we were able to take away a lot from these 2 days and it was great fun.

The exhibition had an incredible figure of over 700 exhibiting brands on show, so it was great to have a look at them all, digest the amazing displays on show and learn about the fascinating world of print with all of the great educational information provided. As well as that, there were so many other businesses there to talk to and connect with so the experience was very valuable.

We would like to say a big thank you to FESPA for having us and putting on a fantastic exhibition as usual to not only inform and educate but also to give us the very valuable opportunity to connect with other businesses from all over the world. It was a great time!

The next FESPA exhibition will take place between 15th-18th May 2018 in Berlin, Germany and this time we are even considering, not only attending, but becoming an exhibitor ourselves – so we hope we see you there!

ZAPKUT ZM – UPGRADE

Now the business is expanding under the new ownership, Sagetech Machinery are becoming more customer focused, offering a tailored service, to support their clients on finding the best machine for their requirements. It is with this in mind, that Sagetech Machinery have made improvements to their ZAPKUT ZM model, to make it more efficient, for sign makers.

Prior to this years SIGN & DIGITAL 2017 exhibition the new company are extremely excited to release details about the upgraded ZAPKUT ZM VERTICAL PANEL SAW, which is manufactured by them, right here in the UK. This unique machine has been improved specifically for sign makers, which can cut sheet material such as DIBOND, FOAMEX, CORREX, PLYWOOD, ACRYLIC and PERSPEX to name just a few. This huge product development is focused on the vertical column of the machine by replacing the old bungee style system and being upgraded to the heavy duty metal pulley system similar which is also used on the industrial KOOLKUT range.

This upgrade provides a significant benefit to sign makers when cutting their 8x4 or 10x5 sheet material. The much improved system allows for a stronger, more consistent smoother cutting process across all material especially, DIBOND. Adding on the router head to the ZM machine enables the manufacture of folded DIBOND panel’s and trays on the vertical panel saw. By using the V Groove aluminium saw blade in the router head, it allows DIBOND panels to be precision cut creating a perfect fold in the tray. Sign makers then can apply their print or acrylic letters to the panel or tray and create a beautiful new sign, with little expense!

With Sagetech Machinery being FCA approved, meaning a ZAPKUT ZM VERTICAL PANEL SAW can now be purchased by sign makers on finance! With machines starting from £20 per week there is no excuse not to bring manufacturing in house with a brand new SAGETECH VERTICAL PANEL SAW.

Contact the team on 0191 691 3044 or email: hello@sagetechmachinery.co.uk

 

 

COMPETITION

So, here at Sagetech Machinery, we are keen golfers and have purchased two tickets to the British Masters 2017 at Close House. The tournament will be hosted by Ryder Cup player Lee Westwood, who has been Close House tour pro since 2011.

The 2017 event will be a little earlier in the European Tour calendar, running from 28 September to 1 October.
Close House is situated at Heddon on the Wall, Newcastle, not far from Sagetech Machinery, based at the Lambton Estate, Chester-le-Street.

Take a look around the course here closehouse.com/british-masters

So, with all this in mind we thought we would share our love of the game, and give you a chance to WIN the tickets!
All you need to do, if you haven’t already done so, is sign up to our newsletter, just enter your email address below and click subscribe, and we’ll automatically enter you into the prize draw, closing date is the 31st August and the winner will be drawn the beginning of September.

You can also sign up to our newsletter via Facebook (@verticalpanelsaws), you will find the newsletter signup link on the left hand side of the page (p.s. please like us while you’re there).

Remember to share the competition with your friends on social, you can find links to twitter and Facebook at the end of this blog.

Good Luck!

WHATSAPP & IMESSAGE CONTACT!

Since the changing of the guard that took place in January, Sagetech Machinery are making it easier for our customers to get in touch to discuss their Vertical Panel Saw needs.

Here at Sagetech Machinery, we appreciate that it is not always easy to get in touch and discuss your machine in your normal working day. We understand that while you are working hard and communicating with your clients between 9-5, that it can be more convenient to do your Vertical Panel Saw research after 5pm or on a weekend.

In January, we introduced our online chat system, LIVE CHAT,  which is available from 08.30am, into the evening alongside weekends, making it more convenient for you to do your research at times that benefit your business needs. Our phones are available until 8pm on an evening and we are now delighted to add Whatsapp and Instant messaging to our methods of communication.

Whatsapp has become a more popular method of communication over the last couple of years, due to the increase in smartphone and tablet use. Following on from an increased demand of consumers, especially our International clients, requesting for communication through Whatsapp, we have now introduced this as a standard method of communication between our staff and customers. Once you have established communication with your machine specialist, they will give you their instant messaging contact number, making it easier for the two of you to discuss any further questions you may have at times that are convenient for you!

Visit the below link on how to download the Whatsapp app for your mobile phone:

https://www.whatsapp.com/download/

Our main Whatsapp and IMessage contact number is 07484902104

So what are you waiting for? It is now even easier to discuss the best solution for your  sheet cutting requirements!

 

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

T: 0191 691 3044

E: hello@sagetechmachinery.co.uk

 

FUNDING 4 EDUCATION

 

Following on from our finance announcement which we were delighted to reveal in January, March brings even more good news with regard to purchasing your Vertical Panel Saw from us.

The team at Sagetech Machinery are delighted to announce that we are now an approved supplier for the Funding4Education scheme which allows for financial support and payment flexibility for our clients in the Education sector - such as  primary & high schools, colleges and universities.

Funding 4 Education are the only body, aimed specifically at supporting the Education Sector with their equipment purchases. With your own advisor, available to discuss your budgetary requirements, they work with you, to understand your situation and find the most convenient solution. They have developed various options for your Institute to choose from, to suit your budget and establish the best payment options for you and your department. More information on these options can be seen here http://www.funding4education.co.uk

We have chosen to work with Funding4Education as we appreciate how difficult it can be to gain the relevant budget for your machine, when you need it. Funding4Education gives you the option to arrange your funding and begin the use of your Vertical Panel Saw prior to your yearly school budget becoming available which limits any delay and reduces inconvenience. On top of this incredible flexibility, they also allow you to choose from monthly, termly or annually payments which allows your department to fit the purchase of your machine around your budgetary requirements ensuring that your package is adapted around your needs and that you have access to your machine as soon as you need it.

Our machine specialists are available to discuss your current situation and  the need for a Sagetech Vertical Panel Saw so get in touch to see how Funding4Education can benefit you.

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

T: 0191 691 3044

E: hello@sagetechmachinery.co.uk