The History of Rennie

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Rennie Tool Company is a leading lathe and CNC tool supplier in Manchester, specialising in cutting tools and providing tool steel at affordable prices. We’re best known for our Rennie tool router bits, as well as our TCT circular saw blades, drill bit sets, and ground flat stock steel. Getting to where we are today has been quite the journey, and that’s why we’re so keen to share the history of Rennie with you!


The Story Behind Rennie Tool Company

Rennie Tool Company was formed in 1929 by John Barrack Rennie as a manufacturer of lathe tooling. That said, he soon became much more than your standard manufacturer, as he set the British standard for flash butt welded tools with his tool shape designs.

Since the company was established in 1929, it naturally had to endure World War II. In fact, throughout the Second World War, the factory was running 24 hours a day to provide tooling for armament and vehicle manufacturing. During this time, upwards of 500 people were working in the factory!

Once World War II drew to a close, Rennie started to manufacture tungsten carbide tooling, placing it as a major supplier to aircraft, automotive, and subcontract engineering companies. In fact, the late 1960s saw the company sell insert tooling from major manufacturers in Austria, Sweden, the USA, Israel, Germany, and Japan.

In recent years, the fourth generation John Rennie has successfully led the expedition into more general engineering and DIY markets via internet exposure. He was on a mission to provide quality, affordable tool bits that are compatible with leading brand tools after noticing that retailers predominantly stocked leading brand tool bits. This meant that consumers had no choice but to shell out a considerable amount of money for the tool bits they needed. Clarity around independent brand products was seriously lacking, deterring individuals from opting for these more affordable, yet equally as functional, products.

2017 saw Rennie launch its own range of solid carbide router tooling, which has since become the largest range in Europe with upwards of 1,500 stock sizes for same-day despatch. As a result, Rennie Tool Company soon went from a small business to a tooling empire with those same family values.

Why buy from Rennie Tool Company?

So, why should retailers buy from Rennie Tool Company? We’ve already mentioned the fact that we have an extensive collection of quality yet affordable tools; however, the benefits go way beyond these. Whether you’re in need of equipment for milling, turning, drilling, threading, router, or saw tools within a short timeframe, we’ve got you covered. In fact, all orders placed before 3 p.m. can be dispatched on that very same day! This is in addition to the free shipping that’s offered on orders over just £30.

Rennie Tool Company isn’t a large-scale corporation; we’re an independent business that cares about our customer base. As a result, we work to go above and beyond in order to meet the unique needs of our consumers.

The Unique Selling Points of Rennie Tools

What sets Rennie Tool Company apart from other tool bit suppliers is the sheer number of products in the Rennie Range. Whatever tool bit you’re looking for, you’re likely to find it on the Rennie Tool Company site. What’s more, we’re happy to provide advice and guidance to anyone who isn’t quite sure what they’re looking for. With years of experience in the field, we have extensive knowledge about which tool bits work best with what tools, and we’re happy to share our expertise to make your life easier.

Although we supply a wide range of tool bits, this isn’t to say that the quality of such is compromised. We ensure that all tool bits are manufactured with the utmost workmanship, creating a quality experience for retailers and their customers. As a result, consumers are provided with products of equal quality to those of the leading brands but without the hefty cost that comes with the name.

Similarly, when you get in touch with Rennie Tool Company, there will be a friendly face at the other end of the line. This is instead of having to move through a number of automated systems before you can talk to a human being. We find that this personalised approach really resonates with our customer base, as their concerns are thoroughly considered and accurately responded to.

A Traditional Business with Modern Methods

While Rennie Tool Company is an established business, we’re by no means set in our ways. We’re always working to innovate our practices and make our offerings as convenient as possible for you. This means that our site is easy to use when it comes to browsing and buying, especially when considering the number of payment options that we accept. Customers may use American Express, Apple Pay, Diners Club, Discover, Google Pay, Maestro, Mastercard, PayPal, Shop Pay, Union Pay, and Visa. Therefore, it couldn’t be easier to get your hands on tried and tested solutions via modern methods.

A Trusted Company

Over the years, Rennie Tool Company has managed to build a stellar reputation. This is only highlighted further by our excellent Trustpilot rating of 4.9 stars. Visit our Trustpilot to read more about our “Exceptional quality at very inexpensive prices” and “Absolutely extraordinary service and quality”.

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The Future of Rennie Tools, Stockport

The history of Rennie is what brought us to where we are today, and our track record suggests that we’re set to see success in the future. We owe our success to our loyal and new customers alike, which is why we’re dedicated to continuing our mission of providing quality tool bits for affordable prices.

For further information, advice, or guidance, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 0161 477 9577 or email us at We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to continue our innovation and growth.

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