Zapkut Vertical Panel Saws archive
Monday 2 December 2013
Board cutting made easy
Cutting man-made boards such as MDF or MFC can present a problem if you are looking for speed, accuracy, working safely and the right capital outlay. You have to make choices. A circular saw and guide rail are the most basic combination, working precariously on sawhorses. At the upper end of the market there are various high-priced options, both tablesaws with board cutting sliding tables and the rather more compact vertical panel saws. Sitting slap in the middle cost-wise are the two Zapkut models built in the UK. They are both cost-conscious models with features specific to each and are available with several different options.
ZAPKUT ZKThis machine is available in two versions to suit either 8 x 4ft or 10 x 5ft maximum panel sizes. All Zapkuts accept standard portable saws, which can be easily fitted into place.
The ZK has a square mounting plate so you can lift it out and turn it 90Âº to go from rip to crosscut or vice versa. The beauty of the ZK model is that, unlike other vertical panel saws, it can be folded for compact storage and easily transported in a van from site to site. The whole assembly operation takes place in a couple of minutes and you are ready for action. The saw head runs on a vertical frame restrained by a tough bungee cord running over rollers.
The height is set by means of a stick-on scale and locked by a knob once adjusted for cutting. To rip cut, the board is fed under the static saw head, so a non-plunge or plunge-and-lock saw is needed. It features a 'quick-stop' for length cutting and a mid-height support for smaller panel sizes. An extraction hose can be fitted via a series of Terry clips that lead the hose out to the rear.