Lidsters is committed to meeting the needs of our customers by manufacturing the finest quality HSS Drill Bits in the most timely and cost effective way possible.


For over 50 years the privately owned family business has driven forward by investment in new equipment and by a desire for constant improvement

The Company was founded in London in 1964 by Horace Lidster and his son Philip Lidster. The company now operates from a purpose built factory at Killamarsh near Sheffield where it currently employs over 40 people.

The four Directors are brothers, Philip, Richard, Grayme and Daniel, all of which take an active role in running the Company.

Lidsters core business is the manufacture of HSS, HSCO and Carbide round cutting tools such as drills and reamers. The majority of our products are made to customers’ drawings or specification which often differ to a greater or lesser extent from industry standards.

Most companies are unable to compete with the cheaper imports and have therefore become part of larger more global companies, manufacturing abroad. This has allowed Lidsters to use their strength as a small family run business to keep things lean and become the foremost drill manufacturer in the UK.

Lidsters are the largest and foremost drill manufacturer in the UK

Lidsters manufacture for a variety of market sectors including: Aerospace, Automotive, Steel Structural, Medical, Marine, Double Glazing, Woodworking, Composites, Maple Syrup Harvesting, Oil & Gas and defence. Some of key accounts include Spirit Aerosystems, AgustaWestland and GKN Aerospace.

With our unique combination of state of the art drill manufacturing equipment we can offer a bespoke design and customer service, for any industry. We offer economic manufacture of both small batch specials to large volume standard batches.

All tools can be manufactured in HSS or Cobalt steels and supplied with surface treatments that best suit your application.

Our strategy to achieve this is one of continuous improvement. We continually invest in our staff and equipment to ensure the right blend of youth and experience through recruitment and training in order to make best use of the latest CNC tool manufacturing machinery.

We offer a fast turnaround for enquiries usually responding within the day. We hold stock of many standard items and can offer same day despatch for these items. However, our production facility will work with you, so that if your item is not stocked, we can manufacture to your requirements on both delivery and specification to ensure you get value for money and a top quality British manufactured item.

In 2014 Lidsters purchased the aerospace and double glazing division of Clico (Sheffield) Tooling Ltd. All the staff and manufacturing equipment were transferred to the Lidsters site in Killamarsh, Sheffield.
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