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Up cut saw

Up Cut Saw: The Safer, Faster Way to Cut

If you’ve never seen an up cut saw in action, you might wonder what’s so special about them? Are they that different compare to a manual saw or automatic chop saw? Up cut saws are helping manufacturers be more competitive with increased productivity, more accurate cuts, complex mitering abilities. A bonus is their built-in safety systems.


Up cut saws typically have over-sized blades with higher horsepower. That enables fenestration shops to cut through thicker material in one stroke versus other pull-down saws. Putting control of the feed rate on up cut saws can also save time by removing speed variations caused by the operator. This also reduces the potential for damage that occurs with manually making cuts.

For example, the Whirlwind up cut saw from CTD Machines has a 20-in. blade capable of cutting material up to 20 in. wide by 1 in. high; 17 in. wide by 4 in. high; 12 in. wide by 6 in. high; or 4.5 in. wide by 8 in. high.

Many shops pair their up cut saws with automation tools, like a TigerStop. This offers a complete soution to handle all aspects of loading, measuring, and mitering materials. This creates a significant increase in productivity through the reduction of both time and labor.


With the current industry climate that focuses heavily on operator safety, adding an up cut saw to a shop is an economical way to reduce operator injury. Up cut saws are built with a number of safety features. These features protect both the operator and the material from damage. Some typical features include:

  • Saws are built so that the spinning blade cannot cut anything other than properly positioned material.
  • Protective hoods enclose the working components of the saws to provide another layer of protection from the blade and confine flying chips.
  • Operators do not need to manually hold the material while it is being cut.
  • A variety of sensors are in place to prevent the blade from cutting when the hood is up and when material is not properly placed.

Wakefield offers the Atech up cut saw Crater-02A and Crater-06A heavy-duty automatic up-cut saws make cutting large extrusions safe, easy and accurate. These saws can be used with a TigerStop to automate any cutting operation.

About Wakefield Equipment

Wakefield Equipment serves the fenestration industry by providing window and door manufacturing equipment. Our goal is to help our fenestration partners save time, save money, and produce consistent products.

You can reach us by phone at (440) 899-5658. A qualified representative from Wakefield Equipment is ready to answer any questions you have on our available up cut saws or any of our other labor saving products.

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