Any shop that aims to meet tooling needs for applications ranging from woodworking to aerospace to general machining and cutting of plastics requires versatility. Taylor Toolworks, a manufacturer and service provider of cutting tools based in Alberta, Canada, says it has found the right technology to stay at the forefront of its market with Anca’s MX7 Linear tool grinder.
Taylor Toolworks, which president Jesse Taylor runs with his sister Kristyn, uses five-axis CNC grinding and fine micro-grain carbide products to maintain the mirror finishes and exacting tolerances needed for high-performance tooling. The shop provides reconditioning services and produces end mills and custom tooling.
Meeting Specialized Needs
Taylor Tookworks’ reconditioning services consist of tool regrinding, recutting and recoating. Its end mills include super-polished flutes, special-grade carbides and performance-enhancing coatings. The custom tooling selection caters mainly to the woodworking and metal industries, with micro-grain carbide inserts, custom profile tools, step drills and other options.
When Taylor Toolworks began to move into the large-diameter carbide tooling market, focusing on tooling with diameters ranging from 1.000 to 1.500 inches, it found that it required greater manufacturing versatility. Taylor had seen Anca machines at trade shows, and initial conversations with Anca application specialists about the MX7 Linear tool grinder caught his attention. Anca’s swift lead times, which were much faster than the “six months to a year” timeline Taylor observed with other machine tool builders, further helped him make a decision.