The holiday season is here.  If there is a machinist in the family, get a gift that shows you appreciate them, you understand the skill it takes to do their job, and that you love them as much as they loves their tools.  Here’s some gift ideas like CNC tool trays and fly cutters that you might not know about.

Supercharge Their Morning Coffee

If your machinist loves their cup of Joe as much as their HSS then get them a cup that reflects their  mechanical personality.  How about this take on the Genesis of Machining.

coffee cup for machinists

machinists mug zombie hunter



Or if they are preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse, then this mug over at Cafe Press is perfect.  Just remind them to leave this cup at home.  It will cause mug envy at work.




CNC Fly Cutter Set

Sure you could fall back on the reliable multi-stop, but isn’t that like giving socks?  Instead, show you appreciate their sharp eye for perfection.  Gift a CNC fly cutter set from The Tool Company.  You get 1 ½”, 2”, and 2 ½” diameter fly cutters.  They are completely balanced for stability at higher RPMs to give  the performance they demand. Every Tool Company fly cutter is heat treated for long life. They won’t crap out in the middle of a job.

CNC 50 tool trays are numbered for easy sequencingCNC Tool Trays

Get a tray for every spindle size. CNC tool trays for 30, 40, and 50 tapers sequence tools and speed set-up. It’s the gift of productivity.

CNC tool trays keep tools safe too. That’s a two-fer gift.

Easy grips handles give everyone a way to safely transport tools from storage to the work area. Not much in life is really “one size fits all” but these tool tray handles are.

Take the time to learn about their trade and learn the tools that make their lives easier. It’s a great way to say “you are important to me and what you do matters”.

Love, compassion, and respect. It’s all a great gift.

Give your machinist this gift this holiday season. Heck, remember this for their birthday too!


You know you must handle moving and transporting your valuable tools carefully. Every move is just a chance for disaster; tool damage. A truth worthy CNC tool tray and tool holder makes the process easier.  A good CNC tool tray makes transport easy; and it makes transport safe.

cnc tool traySigns of a Trustworthy Tool Tray

Look for a CNC tool tray designed by people with knowledge of CNC machining. The signs are obvious.

Sequencing.  Machinists know that a tray is also a tool for tool sequencing and set up. The CNC tool trays sold by The Tool Company are clearly marked for easy sequencing and set up.

  • 30 and 40 Taper CNC tool trays are marked 1 through 10
  • 50 Taper tool trays are marked 1 through 6

Put those numbers to work. Use the numbered marks to sequence your tools before you leave the tool room. The fewer times you handle your expensive tooling the fewer times you can damage it. Then, the tools are properly sequenced and ready to go when you get to the machine work area. You just get to work!

Storage.  Use the CNC tool tray for storage if you only use a small number of tools. Store tools right next to your machine. This is a safe and economical way to store tools for home hobbyists too.

Durable Protection.  Good CNC tool trays are durable, but not indestructible. You don’t find gentle in the machine shop. Standing up to the rigors of life is tough in a shop setting. Quality, very strong impact-resistant plastic goes into every CNC tool tray sold by The Tool Company. Integrated handles won’t break off or break loose. This design also results in a smaller footprint for the tray. Other trays may be more expensive, but they aren’t as good.

cnc tool tray to store and transport toolsQuality CNC Tool Trays

The Tool Company sells quality trays made by Sierra American Multi-Systems. They’ve been making products for CNC and manual machining for more than 20 years. We trust them to inspect every item for quality before it leaves their factory.  And they do. They make their CNC tool tray in the United States.  We like that too. When you buy a tool tray from The Tool Company, you know you are getting a quality product, made in the USA by American machinists, just like you. We guarantee it.


Need a gift for your CNC machinist? Why not give them the gift of productivity. Many people don’t think it is possible. Even The Harvard Business Review published an article about productivity and the challenges of data-driven manufacturing. They say the internet of everything is hype and that when it comes to CNC manufacturing “it will be years before we see real productivity gains”.  Well, you can give the gift of productivity gains without the internet when give sequenced CNC tool trays.

How Tool Sequencing with CNC Tool Trays Works

So, if your machinist must transport their tools from the tool crib or tool room to the machine, they must carry a tool tray. So, if thecnc tool trayy are going to carry the tools in a tray, why not in a sequenced tray?

When they put the tools needed for the job in the proper sequence before they get to the machine, they are more productive.  They decrease the tool change time.  At a glance, they will know what tool is next in the sequence.

Make set-up in the tray even easier, give them CNC tool trays with sequence markings!  When it comes to CNC manufacturing, nothing is random. So why should any machinist throw tools on a tray in a random fashion?  When they use a CNC tool tray with sequence markings, there is no mistaking the order of operation.

Your machinist works more efficiently with sequenced tool trays. ‘They’ll love you all year.

Give the Greatest CNC Tools Trays Made in the Greatest Country!

You need the greatest gift for the greatest machinist. That’s CNC tools trays with sequence markings. So, make sure you get a tray made right here in the USA.

The Tool Company sells CNC tool trays in a variety of sizes.  Whether your machinist works with a 30, 40, or 50 spindle taper,  The Tool Company has the tool tray to sequence and transport tools.  The size 30 and 40 trays hold 10 tools.  The size 50 taper tray can handle up to 6 tools.

Each tray is made in the USA of durable, high-impact plastic to protect their tools. They will love the built-in handles.They make it easy to carry from the tool settiCNC tool traysng room to machining floor.

Don’t give a gift made in a foreign country.  Support American manufacturing and buy your machinist a CNC tool tray made in America.  Order today for delivery by Christmas.

Modern mills perform  functions such as:

  • drilling
  • sawing
  • finishing

When you set up a tool, you have a couple of choices in tool holders: chucks or collets.  No matter how you hold your tool you need an R8 tool holder to hold your tool holder!


58 tool holder is a type of colletChucks use 3 or 4 “jaws” to hold the tool in place. You tighten and loosen the chuck by turning the shell of the chuck to increase or decrease the force of the jaws. Some of the chucks on hand-held tools can be tightened by hand.  But on CNC tools and mills, a key is used.  But using a chuck that needs a key means you must keep track on not only the chuck and but the chuck key as well. It’s easy to waste time looking for a chuck or the chuck key.

Chucks are great if your job doesn’t require precision. The chuck’s design makes it very difficult to center a tool in the tool holder. Some chucks have implemented a “self centering” design that is supposed to equally apply the force to all the jaws as a means to center the tool. But it is still not exact.


Collets are another means of tool holding. Technically, a chuck is just a special type of collet. In machining lingo the term “collet” refers to a special type of R8 tool holder.

Collets go into the spindle where they are drawn into the mill and then tightened by r8 tool holder is internally threadedturning the drawbar with a spanner.

This hold the collet firmly in place and as a result the tool is truly centered and hold more securely than if a chuck were used. The result is much less run out, considerably less wobble, and far less ruined work. This allows you to work with far more precision. A casual hobbyist can get by with a chuck but professional machinists prefer a collet for the  tool holder.

Because collets have a tapered shape,  they require tapered holders.

R8 Tool Holder vs 5C Tool Holder

Well now that we’ve covered the types of tool holders, let’s look holding tool holders!

For simple tool changing, a collet tray is a great aid. When the job requires multiple tools, they can be set up in sequence to make the change quick and easy. Tool trays can also be a great way to carry tools from the tool room or crib to the work area.

R8 collets are internally threaded and fit in an R8 tool holder tray. If your collets are externally threaded, then you have 5C collets and you use a 5C tray. It would be wonderful if R8 and 5C trays were interchangeable, but they aren’t.  So you must have the right tray for the right tool holder.

Quality R8 and 5C Tool Holders


r8 tool holder to protect collets

You know The Tool Company is your one-stop shop for arbors, fly cutters, and multi-stops. Did you know they also carry R8 tool holders and 5C tool holders.  Stay organized and work efficiently when you use R8 tool trays. Grab your collet wrench and earn a reputation as a quick change artist.

Every tool holder tray sold by The Tool Company has been selected for strength and durability.  They are made of strong impact-resistant plastic to protect your expensive tooling.

We only sell products that are made right here in the U.S.A. The Tool Company is an enthusiastic supporter of domestic manufacturing.



You deserve the best R8 tool holder, so order your tool holder tray from The Tool Company today.





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