Capabilities

American Machine & Gear has been in business for almost 70 years. We have assembled a crew of excellent machinists, with over 250 man-years of experience. They use a wide variety of up to date machinery to serve the needs of our customers for new and replacement parts, including the repair of their machinery. This variety of equipment allows us to also serve the needs of other machine shops.

New Lapping Machine!

American Machine & Gear has just added a Speedfam CNC lapping machine to its equipment list! This machine will lap both sides of a part at the same time. This allows us to produce parts that are both flat and parallel within a micron. Parts can be up to 1.181” (30 mm) thick and 13.780” (350 mm) in diameter or corner to corner.

Even better, the CNC controls allow us to turn parts around far faster than shops that are still doing the work manually. That means significantly lower cost to you. Contact us if you need your parts faster, cheaper and/or to tighter tolerances! It’s an easy win.

Lathes

Lathes and mills are the heart of a machine shop. Most of ours are computerized. We have an increasing number of machines that combine lathe (turning) and milling in one machine. This makes for greater accuracy and speed. American Machine & Gear can turn parts up to 38" in diameter and 300" in length. We can also mill parts up to 118” x 78.7" x 63" in size.

 

Gear Cutting

American Machine & Gear has seen just about every type of gear imaginable. Spur gears, helical gears, internal gears, bevel gears, worm gears, racks, threaded shafts, etc. For some customers, we furnish the complete gear, to your drawing or sample. For other customers, we are cutting teeth on your parts. We are members of the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) and are active in their industry education program.

Wire EDM

One of the newer technologies in our industry is wire EDM (Electro Discharge Machining.) American Machine & Gear has the largest Mitsubishi wire EDM machine on the West Coast. Wire EDM allows us to cut parts to incredibly tight tolerances, as close as one micron, in parts that are extremely hard. You don’t have to know how it works, just that it does.

Gearbox Repair

One of the most frustrating experiences for our customers is having a gearbox go down. Some of our customers tell us that they are losing millions of dollars every hour that their machinery can’t run. We understand. We’ve worked around the clock to repair broken gearboxes when customers need that level of service. And, like you, we’d rather do maintenance on your gearbox before it stops completely.

Grinding and Lapping

Our 84” Blanchard grinder can remove a lot of metal from flat parts very quickly. It has been our experience that CNC lathes and mills can now produce satisfactory dimensions and finishes without secondary cylindrical OD or ID grinding of most parts. We are still ready, of course, for those parts that need grinding to an even tighter tolerance and/or a finer finish. AmGear has recently added a CNC double sided lapping and grinding machine. This machine can produce parts that are flat and parallel within a micron.

 

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Other Capabilities

  • Welding (Subarc, TIG, Innshield, MIG fluxcore)
  • Flame Hardening
  • Broaching
  • Slotters/Keyseaters
  • Press
  • CAD/CAM services

Materials We Work With

  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Copper
  • Graphite
  • Iron
  • Micarta (Phenolic)
  • Nickel
  • Plastics
  • Rubber
  • Stainless Steel
  • Steel
  • And more!