Machining: Opening doors

Hercules, established 50 years ago, brings extensive practical experience serving operators of vessels and industrial plant across the UK, Europe, and worldwide. The company’s skilled team offers a complete service covering hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical and mechanical engineering from their two sites in Dartmouth and Paignton.

In prototyping and testing, Hercules transforms customer ideas into reality, ensuring projects meet expectations while staying within budget constraints.

“A large number of orders placed are for our own products,” explains director Lee Drury. “Largely parts for offshore windfarm support vessels such as winches, thrusters, and watertight deck hatches. We also manufacture parts for super yachts and racing yachts.

“It’s niche work and is very complex, we’re machining a variety of materials such as stainless steels, titanium, bronze, and specialist composites.”

He began his career with the company, aged 17. While first learning the trade on manual machines, he read engineering magazines and was captivated by pictures of workshops full of Haas CNC machines. “This was how I wanted to work. It was honestly a dream of mine,” Lee enthuses.

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