Cutting and grinding gears for a 1904 touring car – and having a shot at repairs for a rifle manufacturer
Because of our reputation for producing high quality work, we are cutting and grinding two sets of gears for vintage cars which are being restored.
One of them is a 1904 Winton touring car, similar to the model pictured, with a two-speed gear box.
In 1903, a Winton was the first car to travel across America. Starting in San Francisco and finishing in Manhattan, the journey took just over 63 days!
All of the gears have been reverse engineered from samples supplied and will be quieter than the originals because they will be hardened and ground.
Elsewhere in our workshop, a local manufacturer who has been making shovels since 1740, has used Kenward to regrind some tool holders and repair a spindle. Both were required rapidly and we obliged. The company has since sent us a shaft to manufacture and its housing to rebore and rebush.
The customer – recommended to us by one of our sub contractors – is delighted with our work and has said that we will be their preferred supplier for any more breakdown work.
A West Yorkshire-based precision rifle maker has used us to machine a new part for one of his machines. The job was urgent as the machine was required for a lucrative order to go the USA. This is the third time this customer has used us since the middle of 2019.
A large local recycling plant and incinerator suffered a shut down when a peg on a key machine snapped off. Working into the night, we manufactured a replacement and got the plant running again within six hours.
We also continue to develop our core business of manufacturing gears, shafts and pinions for industrial and military applications and we are seeing an upsurge in orders from existing and new customers.
The recent commitment to invest in CNC machining centres with live tooling and a five-axis milling machine will enable the business to manufacture certain products more efficiently, increase our production capacity and give us the capability to machine larger components.