The story of Safety Speed started in 1958 in a small garage in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Gene Olson had an idea to develop a vertical panel saw that would make it easier and safer to accurately cut large panels into smaller sized pieces while also taking up less space in his garage. He grew that idea into a very successful business that is still growing today. Since that time, Safety Speed has been the leading American manufacturer of Vertical Panel Saws and Panel Routers. For more than 50 years, we have sold over 65,000 machines and have moved and expanded a couple of times settling into a brand new 36,000 square foot facility in Ham Lake, MN.
In 2003, we introduced a successful line of Wide Belt Sanders, with 37 and 43 inch capacities. In 2008 we acquired a well-established and proven line of Edgebanders featuring both a glue pot and hot air machine. In 2013 we introduced both a Screw Pocket machine for the wood industry and a line of Dust Free Cutters for the sign making industry. Due to the success of the Dust Free Cutters, we expanded that line in 2015 to include four Desktop Cutters. These additions have allowed our customers to source a wide range of woodworking and sign making machines from one U.S. manufacturer.