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.


The combination of highly trained and motivated staff, operational control, monitoring systems and state of the art cutting tool manufacturing equipment, make Lidsters the UK’s foremost drill and specialist cutting tool manufacturer.


We have over 50 years experience in the manufacture and development of cutting tools for a range of industries including: Aerospace, Automotive, Double Glazing and specialist industries such as Medical, Motorsport and Injection Moulding.

Our extensive and unique knowledge in cutting tools, allows us to design and manufacture the correct tool to match our customers' specification and to suit the application. By forging close relationships with our customers, this enables us to understand our customers' requirements and translate them into the tool they require.

The Company’s 4 Directors have over 100 years combined experience in cutting tool manufacture and the whole management team totals 200 years.

We understand the importance of staff training and combine it with engineering apprenticeships, run by local authorities and more recently in conjunction with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at Catcliffe, in order to train up the next generation of skilled staff.


A key competency of ours is the ability to manage projects, using the E-Max Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. E-Max offers a fully integrated system, including: sales order processing, stock control, invoicing, quoting, works order processing and a bar code based shop floor data capture system.

The extensive use of E-Max offers full traceability, real time production information and accurate costings and delivery forecasting.

Production Machinery

We are the only company in the UK to offer a fully comprehensive range of production machinery, a unique combination of dedicated and highly versatile state of the art tool manufacturing equipment. The dedicated drill manufacturing equipment offers economic manufacture, particularly for slightly off standard products produced in high volumes. The more versatile machines offer economic manufacture particularly for more specialised tools and smaller batch quantities.

The CO100 Cut Off machines, Monzesi Centreless Grinders and FC61 Flute and Clearing machines are all highly productive bespoke manufacturing machines which produce a finish sized fluted blank which is then transformed into a piloted drill reamer by the extremely versatile Saacke UW1F Tool and Cutter Grinding machines.

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