The Importance of a First-Class Subcontract Honing Service

Honing, particularly boring and honing cylinders and engine components, is the final step in various manufacturing processes — and it always comes at a cost.

This can sometimes make it tempting to rush into choosing a service provider, or to simply use the cheapest or nearest honing machinists you can find.

However, there are quite a few advantages to using a first-class established company like Apperley Honing for your engine honing needs. This article will give three reasons it’s important to use a first-class subcontract honing service.

Volume and Speed of Work

There are many honing contractors that pride themselves on their work and will offer their services for practically any job.

Unfortunately, initial enthusiasm doesn’t always imply a good end result — some companies don’t have a great deal of machine capacity, others work slowly on older machines or simply can’t guarantee they’ll always meet a fast turnaround.

Apperley Honing, on the other hand, has a team of skilled operators and 20 commissioned honing machines, many of which use the very latest technology. This means we can hone up to five hundred metres of cylinder tube in an average week.

And for those in need of a fast turnaround – for instance, in the motorsport industry – we can provide “same-day” services. For long-term customers, we can sometimes even guarantee immediate access to a pre-set machine as required.

Superior Precision

Anybody working in the mechanical industries understands the importance of precision in the components they work with. From ensuring a uniform tube thickness to producing a complex or specific type of precision surface, it’s best to get it right the first time, every time.

Apperley Honing’s family-owned business model, trained team of operators, broad stock of cylinder honing machines and cutting edge computer software mean we can achieve exceptionally precise honing tolerances for your components, always saving you money and time in the long run.


There’s little worse than realising you’ve got a part that most companies can’t work on — whether because it’s too big or small, because of its awkward shape or because its weight is measured in tonnes.

With Apperley Honing, however, you can be sure that almost every request can be catered for. Most of our work has an upper length limit as high as 17m and an upper weight limit of 5 tonnes. We can provide bore or tube honing down to as little as 3mm diameter.

Apperley Honing is the largest and most reputable independent specialist honing company in the UK. Contact us today, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.