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Dormer Tools is one of the World’s largest producers of High Speed Steel cutting tools. A key member of the Sandvik Group, Dormer has a vision and a commitment to always be the leading supplier to production industries as well as to the maintenance machining market. Dormer and its customers are now receiving substantial benefit from the Group policy of creating five centres of manufacturing excellence in Sweden, Italy, Brazil and the UK. Massive capital investment in each has brought the achievement of consistently superior levels of product quality. In this way, Dormer is able to produce tools with the efficiency and skill expected of one of the world's leading cutting tools technologist.

For many years Dormer Tools have been at the forefront of engineering tool technology, producing a vast range of quality, cost effective cutting tools to meet the continuous changes in applications and materials. It's our goal to bring the full benefit of Dormer's extensive product range and its unrivalled technical expertise to all our customers. Due to the vast range of Dormer products we have listed a few of the more popular items on our website. Please contact us regarding any Dormer tools you may require, we would be more than happy to assist you.

Standard HSS/HSCo Drills
Dormer’s standard drills are manufactured in HSS or HSCo with a blue, bright or bronze finish. Certain drills are coated with Titanium Nitride (TiN), Titanium Aluminium Nitride (TiAlN) or Titanium Carbo-Nitride (TiCN), where this would combine with the design of the tool to bring higher productivity and longer tool life.

Drill lengths can be divided into jobber, stub, long series and extra length. Jobber length drills produce hole depths of up to 4 x diameter, whilst stub drills have a shorter flute length and produce hole depths of up to 2.5 x diameter, which makes for good drill stability.

Flute geometry is designed to take into account the cutting behaviour of the workpiece, for example, slow helix drills for short
chipping materials and quick helix drills for long chipping, ductile materials.

Three types of shank are offered as standard – straight shank (cylindrical), Morse taper shank and stepped shank (with whistle notch DIN 6535 HE or without whistle notch DIN 6535 HA). The choice of shank is usually dictated by the machine being used.
For maximum productivity, greater tool life and hole accuracy, careful drill selection and the use of correct feeds and speeds is essential.


Jobber Drills
Increased flute space and improved web design make for a reduction in cutting forces, whilst the Special P.S. point on the A001 Jobber Drill facilitates penetration, improves hole size and affords accurate centering. The blue flutes and bronze lands and point of the A001 make it easy to identify, whilst the Dormer Silver RingTM singles it out as unmistakably Dormer.

Features // Benefits
  • Web design: Improved web design enhances strength and rigidity with increased volume for chip evacuation.
  • Flute Geometry: Wider flutes give extra space for improved chip evacuation.
  • Marking: The Dormer 'Silver RingTM' allows easy identification and is your guarantee of the very highest quality.
  • Helix Angle: Greater rigidity and constant 310 helix across the diameter range.
  • Finish: Bronze finish retains all of the benefits of steam temperingand differentiates A001 from all other jobber drills.
  • Point Geometry: Special Dormer 'P.S. Point' increases ease of penetration, improves hole size and provides accurate centering.


HSS Coated Tip Jobber Drills
The A002 is based on the design of the A001, giving the same benefits. In addition, the TiN coated tip on the bright finish Jobber drill has high wear resistance, low friction and allows increased cutting speeds.

  • Web: Improved web design optimises strength and rigidity and increases feed capability Flute Geometry: Ground wide flutes allow for efficient chip evacuation
  • Helix Angle: Optimised throughout the helix range for greater rigidity
  • Finish: Bright body improves application on ductile materials
  • Coating: Titanium Nitride coating focused on the working surfaces to resist flank and crater wear, and to provide low friction and increased performance
  • Point Geometry: Special Dormer 'P.S. Point' increases ease of penetration, improves hole size and provides accurate centering
  • Application: General purpose engineering drills

Carbide Drills

Dormer’s standard carbide drill programme is a comprehensive range of high performance drills, offering impressive tooling economy and high levels of tool life.

The range covers diameters from 1 – 20mm, with flute and cutting geometries to suit almost all drilling applications. The micrograin grade carbide used by Dormer, combined with PVD coatings means that this programme can offer the user an unbeatable combination of toughness, wear resistance and edge security when machining most materials.


R002 - Carbide Jobber Drill with TiN Tip Coating Featuring Advanced Technology
The R002 is a Solid Carbide Jobber Drill, incorporating CTW Technology. It is capable of drilling to a depth of 5 times diameter in one pass, has a flute length and TiN Tip Coating, offering increased productivity and tool life.

R022 - Carbide Stub Drill with TiN Tip Coating featuring Advanced Technology
The R022 is a Solid Carbide Stub Drill, incorporating CTW Technology. It is capabale of drilling to a depth of 2 1/2 time Diameter in one pass, has a flute length of TiN Tip Coating, offering increased productivity and tool life.

  • Offers higher productivity when compared to standard geometry drills
    Capable of Producing holes up to 2 1/2 diameter depth
  • Intergrated web-thinning, with no compromise on overall strength of the drill
  • Reduced cutting forces required to drive the tool through the work piece throughout the life of the tool
  • Consequently, reduced wear and tear on machine tools
  • Designed using the latest Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) Technologies, including Finite Element Analysis an dan accurate, optimised 3D model, resulting in the best design solution


The geometry has been developed to incorporate CTW™ (Continuously thinned web) Technology. This means that when the user re-point grinds the drill, the resultant point is already thinned.

Traditionally, web thinning is performed as an additional operation after point grinding. A drill point is thinned by shortening the length of the chisel edge to reduce the thrust force needed when drilling. With CTW™ Technology the chisel edge length is minimise, which reduces the thrust force required when drilling, whilst still maintaining the sectional strength of the tool.

By integrating the web-thinning feature within the flute form, the desingn is effectively thinning throughout the life of the drill, without passing on the costs and complexities associated with this additional operation to the customer.

Vanguard ISO Taps


Since their launch, Dormer's programme of ISO application taps - VANGARD - have attracted much praise from many of the country's most well known and successful manufacturing companies. An impressive achievement considering the high expectations that always accompany any new products manufactured by a market leader

Today Dormer have improved on this already successful programme with the addition of eight new products, including a range of Metric Fine Thread and Titanium Carbo-Nitride TiCN) coated taps which offer the user even greater levels of choice, performance and tool life.

Vangard Taps are manufactured from premium quality HSCo steel to ISO class 2 tolerance, in order to produce metric threads to 6H tolerance and UNC/UNF/BSPF threads to 2B tolerance.
Cutting geometries and surface treatments have been developed to ensure that each tap will give optimum performance for the application material group specified. The benefits of which will be accurately sized threads, high productivity and longer tool life.

Each tap is easily identified by its coloured rings, with every colour representing a specific AMG (Application Material Group).

Vangard for High Tensile Steels
Red Vangard are suitable for tapping steels with high tensile strength, 1000-1300 N/mm2 and hardness 250- 35OHB. The geometry of these taps allows them to be used on a range of alloy steels including hardened and Tempered materials.

Dormer ADX and CDX drills are suitable for use on these materials when drilling the core hole diameter.

Vangard for Stainless Steels
Blue Vangard are suitable for machining stainless steel with tensile strength of 800- 1000N/mm2 and hardness 200- 300HB.
The A108 HSS drill is designed specifically for drilling stainless steels and can be used for drilling the core hole diameter. ADX and CDX drills with coolant feed can also be used when higher productivity is required.

Vangard for Non-Alloy Steels
Yellow Vangard are suitable for machining magnetic soft steel, structural steel and carbon steel with tensile strengths <850 N/mm2 and hardness <250HB.

The A100 HSS and ADX Drill can be used successfully when drilling core hole diameters in these steels.
Vangard for Cast Irons
White Vangard is the only tap in the range offered with Straight Flutes, and is suitable for machining Cast Iron, Brass/Bronze and Aluminium alloys with 0.5% - 10% Silicon.
The A560 ADX Drill and CDX range are suitable for drilling core hole diameters in these materials.

Vangard for Lower Strength Materials
Green Vangard are suitable for machining pure Titanium, Nickel and Copper as well as long chip Brass and Aluminium alloys with up to 0.5% Silicon
A108, A102 drills and ADX range are suitable for drilling core hole diameters in these materials.

Vangard for Titanium Alloys
Black Vangard are suitable for machining various types of Titanium alloys with tensile strengths of 900- 1250 N/mm² and hardness 250- 350HB.
A108, A777 drills and ADX/CDX ranges are suitable for drilling core hole diameters in these materials.

Vangard for Nickel Based Alloys
Orange Vangard are suitable for machining forms of Nickel Alloy with tensile strengths of <1200 N/mm2 and hardness <350HB
A118 drills and the CDX Solid Carbide range are suitable for drilling core hole diameters in these materials.

Standard Taps

E200 Straight flute

E262 Spiral flute

E265 Spiral point

E422 Interrupted thread

E328 Fluteless

Dormer’s standard taps are manufactured in HSS, HSCo and HSCo-XP, with bright, nitrided and TiN coated finishes. There are three main flute forms, straight flute, spiral flute and spiral point. The most commonly used are the straight flute taps, which can be used for through and blind holes in a wide range of materials. They are supplied in one of three chamfer leads, Taper, Second and Bottom, but are also offered as serial taps.

Spiral flute taps have a right hand spiral and are used mainly for tapping blind holes, as the swarf is drawn out of the hole via the flute to prevent build up in the flutes, which could lead to chipping or tap breakage. Spiral point taps, sometimes known as gun-nosed taps, direct the swarf ahead of the tap and are used where through hole tapping is carried out. They can be used in blind hole applications, provided sufficient room is left at the bottom of the hole to accommodate the chamfer lead length and the swarf produced.

Dormer also offers interrupted thread taps – alternate teeth are removed, to reduce tapping friction and allow lubricant to reach the cutting edges more easily, which is ideal for more difficult to machine materials.

Fluteless taps are excellent on ductile materials, but also produce very good results on some steels and stainless steel. These taps do not have cutting edges, but a thread is produced by deformation of the component material. The result is a strong thread and no swarf.

For maximum productivity, greater tool life and accuracy threads, careful tap selection and the use of correct feeds and speeds is essential. Please consult Dormer’s renowned Application Material Group tables in the catalogue or the Product Selector for recommended speeds and feeds for the material to be machined.

Solid Carbide Taps



Dormer produces two ranges of Solid Carbide Taps, whose main function is to allow threads to be made in hardened steels, with a hardness range of 49 – 63 Rockwell. Both taps are for machining through and blind holes - the T100 is for AMG 1.7, the T110 for AMG 1.8. The T110 has extra flutes for improved chip breaking and removal

Tapping Attachments
Dormer has a wide range of tapping attachments for use with its comprehensive ranges of taps.
Tap chucks and tap adaptors show a range of different threading systems :-

For Metric Threading
M1 - M48
For Fractional Threading
0 - 1. 3/8"

Tap chucks and tap adaptors are manufactured in different sizes, as follows :-

For Threading
M1 - M10
0 - 1/4"
M3 - M12
0 - 9/16"
1/8" - 3/8"
M8 - M20
1/4" - 7/8"
1/4" - 3/8"
M14 - M33
13/16" - 1.3/8"
1/2" - 1."
M22 - M48
M6 - M18


Dies are used for external threading. Manual threading is the most usual method although machine threading is sometimes used for simple tasks. A solid die usually cuts more accurately than a split die. However, dies which are supplied solid may be split

Chromium Steel Tools:
Thread cutting tools made from chromium steel are especially suited for manual threading. Chromium steels have a lower red hardness than high speed steels. This means that under comparable machining conditions, they will have less wear resistance than high speed steels.

Generally speaking, Dienuts are used for reclaiming or cleaning out existing threads by hand. They tend to be of a more robust construction and should only be used in exceptional circumstances to cut a thread from solid.

Milling cutters

Dormer manufactures a wide variety of standard cutters to cover a wide range of milling applications, for example, slot milling, semi-finishing, end milling and roughing.

The standard cutter ranges are manufactured in HSS, HSCo and HSCo-XP with bright finish, TiCN or Super-R coatings. HSS is for general use in most materials, HSCo can be run at higher speeds for increased productivity, whilst HSCo-XP is a powder metallurgy cobalt steel, which gives added toughness and edge strength to the cutter. TiCN coating on cutters reduces surface friction, whilst Super-R multi-layer coating exhibits low internal stress and gives high toughness and wear resistance.

As a guideline, the following cutters are used for the following operations:-

End Mills For profile milling and producing open slots where a plunge feed is not required
Slot Drills For producing precision slots and keyways, they are centre cutting and can plunge feed to produce closed slots or pockets
3 flute Slot Drills These combine the roles of the slot drill and the end mill, enabling greater productivity than a 2-flute slot drill, due to the additional tooth.
Ball Nosed Slot Drills Designed to produce slots and profiles with a radius form
Roughing Cutters Designed for applications where rapid metal removal is required. The sinusoidal chipbreaker profile is for general roughing, whilst the truncated chipbreaker profile is for roughing where a better quality finish is required.

Dormer standard cutters are available in flatted, cylindrical and screwed shanks. Flatted shank provides the best rigidity for cutters, even at their maximum operating conditions, resulting in a better tool life. Cylindrical shank tools are clamped in a collet type chuck, enabling ease of axial movement. Screwed shank cutters can be accommodated by one holder through the use of different collets.

British standard cutters’ overall and cut lengths (standard and long) are different from DIN and ISO standards (short, medium, long and extra long). Please consult the Dormer catalogue for nearest equivalents.

For maximum productivity, greater tool life and accuracy, careful cutter selection and the use of correct feeds and speeds is essential. Please consult Dormer’s Application Material Group tables in the catalogue or Product Selector for recommended speeds and feeds for the material to be machined.

Primax Milling Cutters


The S002, S033 and S044 cutters feature a unique silver coloured coating from Dormer. This multi-layer coating is specifically designed to bring you the best performance in a wide range of applications.



Primax; the new high performance cutting tool programme from Dormer Tools offers the professional engineer a comprehensive range of End Mills and Roughing Cutters with geometry designed to achieve unbeatable metal removal rates with increased productivity at lower cost. Primax cutters are produced exclusively from powder metallurgy steel (HSCo-XP) which guarantees an excellent resistance against wear at elevated temperatures and a high end toughness due to excellent distribution of carbons present in this material.

Primax Roughing Cutters are available with three different types of cutting geometry;

Round chipbreaker for roughing

These cutters are used for general roughing work where it is important to have as large an exportation of material in as little time as possible. The regrinding of these cutters should always be carried out in the flutes.

Chipbreaker fine, round profile for roughing

These cutters with a fine round chipbreaking profile are especially appropriate for work on high resistance steels (up to 1200 N/mM2) as well as Titanium and Nickel alloys.

Chipbreaker flat ground fine for roughing and semi-finishing

These cutters with a fine flat chipbreaking profile are employed for the semi-finishing of steels and non-ferrous materials.

Lengths, Shanks & Finishes

Primax Cutters are available in Short (DIN 327), Standard (DIN 844K) and Long (DIN 844L) series lengths with the option of Screwed, Flatted or Morse Taper shanks. There are two standard finishes; Bright and TiCN (Titanium Carbo-Nitride)



Dormer Tools produce a range of Reamers to finish holes to H7 tolerance. Reaming has always been considered a finishing process and drilling a roughing process. Today, however, many tolerances that used to need a reaming process, can now be met by high-tech drills, such as in the CDX and ADX ranges.

Most common Reamers have a left hand helix because the main application is in through holes requiring chips to be pushed forward. For blind holes, Reamers with straight flutes or right hand reamers are recommended.

Reamers only cut on the bevel and taper leads; the lands on the body do not cut. They are normally designed with an uneven pitch and an even number of teeth to prevent chatter and ensure good hole surface finish and roundness. They include Hand, Chucking and Machine Reamers with straight or Morse taper shanks. They are available in different materials, including carbide which offers the greatest resistance to wear. Carbide reamers are successfully used to cut steels on rigid machine set ups, but often, High Speed Steel designs will be more cost effective.

HSCo Application Reamers
Available in three flute styles. The B500 straight flute reamer is primarily for blind holes and for short chipping materials (AMG 3, 6.2,6.3,6.4). The B156 spiral flute reamer is ideal for through holes in most materials (AMG 1 - 6) where an interrupted cut is encountered. The B157 quick spiral reamer is designed for through holes in long chipping materials (AMG 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7). All are supplied with straight shanks to DIN 212.
Manufactured from HSCo steel for longer edge life and higher cutting speeds.

Countersinks and Counterbores

Countersinks are used for deburring and/or counterboring existing holes in most materials. However for hard and abrasive materials, the use of a TiN or TiAlN coated tool is recommended. There are also countersinks with specific geometry for the toughest materials.

Single-edge countersinks provide excellent roundness and are also used for centring.
Triple-edge countersinks are easy to regrind and work without vibration.
Multi-edge countersinks can be used for deburring and counterboring difficult to machine materials.


  Items on this page are general examples of Dormer tools we can supply. Our stock is much larger! Please contact us with details of the Dormer tooling you require.
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