Vertical plate band saw machines are designed to cut plates and big blocks of materials that are difficult to machine. The machine is designed for cutting complex materials to the highest quality requirements. The saw head contains a robust arm to reduce vibrations and achieve high production rates and long blade life. Special materials can be cut with carbide blades resulting in an optimum cutting performance and blade life. The saw can be equipped with an automatic gripper system to position the plate to be cut to the desired width. The CNC control allows the operator to enter a batch to process an entire plate in automatic cycle.