Checkmate was formed in 1965 as a manufacturer and service provider of Circular saws; it pioneered "Tungsten Carbide Tipped" (TCT) Circular saws in New Zealand and the first to introduce and sharpen "Diamond" (PCD) Tipped tooling.

In early 2000 Checkmate expanded into Bandsaw manufacturing / servicing and entered into many service contracts providing a total saw shop solution to the industry.

In August 2006, Checkmate expanded across the Tasman purchasing Custom Saw's in Brunswick Victoria. Custom Saws, and in January 2008 a saw shop was set up in Tasmania on the FEA site.


Checkmate has made a large commitment to the timber industry through re-investing in up-to-date plant and machinery, staff training and ensuring the supply of Quality competitively priced products and services.