18 December 2015
18 December 2015,

Yikes, Christmas is just around the corner and you still haven’t picked out just the right gift for the machinist in your life. Now you may think a machinist is difficult to buy for, but what you want to do is make their job easier or their hobby more pleasurable. Here’s just a few ideas to get the juices flowing.  Sure some of the best gifts come from Sierra American, but that’s because we make great stuff!.

Hands-Free LED Headlamp

You don’t have to be a machinist to see how handy this gift would be. Whether you are trying to peer into a tight space and need some extra light or are trying to grill steaks in the dark this is a great gift.


led headlamp

The Streamlight Septor even comes with batteries so you can use it right out of the box. This is a gift a bet that you end up borrowing from the machinist you hold dear to your heart. Let’s just see if they will share!

Collet Wrenches for Quick Changes

It doesn’t matter if your metal-grinding, fly-cutting sweatheart runs R8 or 5C, this collet wrench from Sierra American will make them a quick change artist in no time at all. For the uninitiated, collet wrenches are used to remove collets from the nosepiece of the lathe.

collet wrench

Your machinist might have a collet wrench in the shop, but you know its not as good as this one. It has a large handle for an easy grip and is a bright orange color that makes it easy to find.

Drill Bit Sharpener Makes a Sharp Gift

Dull drill bits make for dull sluggish work. Or something like that. Get your machinist to explain how a sharp drill bit makes life easier. Then take a look at this drill bit sharpener by The Drill Doctor

drill doctorHow awesome is that? It works with all kinds of drill bits like high-speed steel, carbide, masonry, and TiN-coated. Buy it from Amazon and they say it comes in “Certified Frustration-Free Packaging”. Which I guess means you don’t need a slitting saw to get the box open. Sweet!

 Get Em Organized with Collet Trays

Here’s another great gift idea from Sierra American. You’ve got your collet wrench handy (you found it easily because it is orange) now where is the *%&# collet. Not a problem when you give them a collet tray.

collet trays

This one holds a complete set of collets and has space for emergencies. Who doesn’t appreciate space for emergencies?

Wishing you Happy Holidays from Sierra American – home of American Made Tools since 1992.


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