This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC’s registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726. For many machinists, the conversation begins, “If I could have this size tool with this attachment on it, we’d be able to …”. With the variety of machine taper types, sizes, differences in the flanges, draw-in thread sizes, and pull studs, finding the ideal toolholder for the job can be a difficult task. Yet in many cases, if machinists want to make adjustments in dimensions, quick-change tooling or other options can reduce set-up times and speed production of machined components. This can be as simple as extending the tool length so the path of travel to the workpiece is minimized, or setting up all tools for quick change-outs. Inevitably this leads to long, exhaustive searches of catalogs or online forums. Failing to find what they need, some machinists purchase ‘blanks’ and grind them down to meet the precise requirements of their operation. However, some manufacturers, particularly smaller, more nimble, U.S.-based operations, are willing to ...