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    Re: Tap and die set.... what do you have

    ^ aw that was cool of him to leave you all of that stuff.

    does anyone know if what their made of really matters? for example... carbon steel, titainium coated blah, blah, blah.

    im leaning towards a craftsman set due how often i won't be using them .

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    Re: Tap and die set.... what do you have

    Quote Originally Posted by Discodan View Post
    does anyone know if what their made of really matters? for example... carbon steel, titainium coated blah, blah, blah.
    Yes - the material a tap or die is made from makes a HUGE difference in performace and thread quality. Look into it before choosing.

    Scott
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    Re: Tap and die set.... what do you have

    Quote Originally Posted by MXtras View Post
    Yes - the material a tap or die is made from makes a HUGE difference in performace and thread quality. Look into it before choosing.

    Scott
    What is best/ideal?

    What is just OK?

    What should we stay away from?

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    Re: Tap and die set.... what do you have

    My Metric set is a Blue Point. It has serviced me well for many years. My SAE set is a mixture of all different brands I got from My father who was a machinist/machine mechanic. No problems with any of them. I think the key is to just be sure it isn't a chepo depot set.
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    Re: Tap and die set.... what do you have

    I have a Snap On SAE set and a Craftsman metric. For my purposes, the carbon steel taps and dies seem to do well. Of course, I go slow and always use cutting fluid.

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    Re: Tap and die set.... what do you have

    I have the Snap-On metric and imperial sets. They aren't the best, but they do provide a place to start. The tap handles are marginal and the die stocks are pretty good. Replace the tap handles with Starrett and you'll solve that issue.

    As I break taps, I replace them with better quality. The imperial set was bought off the truck, the metric, eBay.

    PT

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    Re: Tap and die set.... what do you have

    Cebby, most of mine are "Blue Point," but I also have plenty of others mixed in there that I would say are industrial grade. When I say "industrial grade" I mean, that I've had them for a long time, used them often and they seem to hold up pretty good. I've even got some NAPA taps and dies, good, but IMO, a little overpriced.

    HF and the other southeast Asia, India or third world nation brands, A BIG NO NO.

    I guess it just depends on how often and for what you're going to be using them for.
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    Question Re: Tap and die set.... what do you have

    Quote Originally Posted by MXtras View Post
    My 'set' consists of mainly individually purchased machine taps - mostly from Titex and Balax. I am, uhmmm, different! I use machine quality taps exclusively - no hand taps.

    Balax quality is nearly equal to Titex, BTW. Their machine taps are tough. Balax can be purchased through from MSC which adds to the convenience factor dramatically!

    Scott
    hey are they Blue ?????????????
    just kidding
    what exactly are you saying you use a machine to tap exclusivly???????
    please explain
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    Re: Tap and die set.... what do you have

    I use machine taps even for hand tapping.

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