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Machine Shop

Western Drilling Tools Inc. was originally formed in 2004 with the focus of being a quality drilling tool machine shop that would cater to the needs of the drilling industry. Since then, the machine shop has grown substantially over the years, and our machining capabilities have become incredibly refined. With the steady addition of new machines and capabilities, we are ready to take on your industry’s machining challenges.

At Western Drilling Tools we feel it is important to work closely with our customers, suppliers and machine shops to develop a relationship based on trust and cooperation.

Our company uses state of the art CNC Lathes and CNC Mills to manufacture parts to extremely high precision, accuracy, and repeatability. We are always trying to discover ways to reduce our lead times while working closely with our customers. It is a top priority to continuously improve our products in an effort to reduce client costs.

Western Drilling Tools has a large machine shop with numerous high-quality CNC Lathes and CNC Mills including a 4 Axis 14 3/4″ Diameter Spindle Bore Lathe. We have a large welding area, and commonly perform ARC, MIG, TIG and pressure welding applications. Western Drilling Tools also offers full repair, re-tipping, and rebuilding on nearly all of our products and other components.

We have experience machining parts of all sizes and complexities. Our machine shop has made parts as small as 0.125” and as large as 36” in diameter, and we have assembled components which are even larger. The Western Drilling Tools machine shop is comfortable machining parts to within 0.0005” (0.01mm) and to high surface Finish.

We are very comfortable machining Carbon steel, Alloy and Stainless Steels, Aluminum, Brass, one offCopper and Plastics as well as many other materials.

At Western Drilling Tools, we offer machining and welding services for any project off prototypes, custom part machining, medium to high volume production manufacturing and machining. We offer 3 to 5 axis capabilities and over 30 years of machining experience. We’re proud to be a machine shop based in Calgary, AB.
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Words are often not enough to describe some of the capabilities and capacities of Western Drilling’s machine shop. Below are several images of parts being machined, items traveling through the machine shop, some of our drilling tools and the CNC lathes and CNC mills in our machine shop. Our shop is capable of machining and fabricating many unique and common items.

Equipment and Capabilities

Our machine shop is capable of manufacturing a wide array of products to meet the industry needs of our clients. We take great pride in the quality of our work; at Western Drilling Tools we employ highly trained professionals and use only premium quality machining tools.

Design and Drafting
We use state of the art computer engineering software like Solid Works to help with designing, solid modeling and analysis.

Western Drilling Tools currently employs several mechanical engineering technologists and an engineer in training. We also have professional engineers who moon light for us.


At Western Drilling Tools we have several Manual lathes including:
6” through bore 630 A x 3000mm universal lathe, a 5-1/2”through bore La 560 x 2000 heavy duty high speed presision lathe , a 4” through bore Dy 680G X 2000 heavy duty precision lathe

CNC Lathe
The machine shop has several high quality, high precision CNC lathes that range in size from 2.5” thru bore up to 14-3/4 Thru Bore

Our machining tool is a 4 –axis 14.75” thru bore Okuma loc650 oil country lathe

Captains L470-125 these have 4”thru bore and a 2m bed in addition, we tool all our lathes with steady rest and anti-vibration boring bars

Our machine shop also has a 6.5” thru Bore Okuma LB3511 with a 2.5 M bead and a steady rest.

The smallest CNC lathe in our machining feet is our 2.5” bore takisawa.

Manual Mills

Western Drilling Tools has a small fleet of manual mills.

1.) LC-20VHS vertical milling machine
2.) 250DX Miller horizontal mill

In addition to our manual mills the Western Drilling Tools machine shop also has 3 drill presses of various sizes.

CNC Mills

Our machine shops CNC milling fleet has several high quality CNC’s. We believe that every quality CNC does require quality tools. Each CNC mill in our machine shop is equipped with a rotary table and an angle head. Giving our CNC mills some 5- axis capabilities.

This is an Okuma Ma-650 vertical CNC mill


At Western Drilling Tools we feel that no machine shop is complete without a comprehensive welding area. We have several thermal arc welders, a Tig welding Gtaw and a small Plasma Cutter. We have a large welding area, and commonly preform ARC, MIG, TIG and pressure welding applications. We hire certified welders to manufacture our parts. We use high quality laser thermometers to ensure the appropriate temperatures are met for many welding and machining situations.

Shipping and Receiving

Our machine shop is equipped with 2 overhead 7 tone cranes. We also have several smaller cranes throughout the shop. We have several fork lifts and pallet jacks to allow us to move product around quickly and effectively.


Our machine shop saw is equipped with a fully automatic bar feeder that cuts pieces up to 16” OD.

Testing and other services

At Western Drilling Tools we provide testing services in addition to machining. We have a pressure tester capable of testing items up to 15000psi.

We have a small sand blasting unit capable of removing surface in feature on small parts.

We commonly act as an agent to provide pull testing and MPI inspection for various customers. The machine shop is equipped with a large break out wrench, capable of twisting apart large items.

The machine shop is also equipped with two hardness testers. We have a portable and an mobile electronic hardness tester. We use these to test incoming materials to ensure that they are to the mills and our customers specifications.


Quality is a central focus for Western Drilling Tools. We use precision machining and measuring tools to ensure dimensional accuracy. Our procedure involves the machinists to measure each part at their machine and note any deviation from the drawing specs and make adjustments on the fly. Our machine shop policy ensures that after the first part operation is complete they are checked by our quality control expert while the parts are still in the machine. Once the parts are complete the quality control professional preforms a 100% visual inspection and takes a sample of the completed parts to manually measure the parts selected.

Our machine shop supplies the employees with several sets of calibrated veneer callipers, inside and outside micrometers and temperature gauges to make sure the temperature of the parts are controlled for both welding and machining.

Our machine shop also has a QC honed granit table and a plethora of soft and hard gauges. We also have a Mitutoyo PH-A14 profile projector which allows us to inspect threads with unparalleled accuracy.