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Re: Tap n die set recommendations
« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2020, 08:30:06 PM »
Well here is one definitely NOT to buy. An engineer where I work said one day that the firm had bought a tap & die set German quality and I would never be stuck for a metric odd-ball size tap or die again.

Fast forward a year and I found the remains of it in the big wheelie rubbish bit at work, less it's wrenches & die holders. I was told by everyone who had used it that the quality was sh*te. of course I blagged it from the bin and it's useful for clearing out threads but no use for heavy duty 'normal' engineeering use.

My main set just consists of items bought  from Autojumbles & car boots. Just look for Dormer, Hall, Presto, Guhring and you can't go wrong IMHO.

Here is the remains of the SH*TE set :-

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Re: Tap n die set recommendations
« Reply #16 on: June 30, 2020, 08:32:28 PM »
Thanks. Brilliant info.

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Re: Tap n die set recommendations
« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2020, 10:59:59 PM »
I have some Blue Point taps and dies, from the people who make Snap On. Dies especially are really good and they aren’t round, they are multi pointed on the outside so you can fit them inside a socket if needed. The tap wrench is brilliant, a real work of art. Taps are great and make really nice threads.

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Re: Tap n die set recommendations
« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2020, 09:23:36 AM »
Trying to not get involved, I say with a twitch. Tom (Toolmaker - OCD flaring up as I type)

Did someone mention Trefolex? mmmmm I can smell it now, still have a tin in my garage. Wasn't it dropped for health and safety reasons?

Tallow. mmmmm.
Hate the smell of the ROCOL tapping lube, even washing hands won't get the smell off.


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Re: Tap n die set recommendations
« Reply #20 on: July 01, 2020, 03:29:33 PM »
Recall a cancer scare Regards Rocol way back in 80s but formula changed and they retained the horrendous pong too ,I have a tin of Trefolex obtained years ago which I use spareingly when tapping brings back memories of Tech college when doing apprenticeship 😁
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Re: Tap n die set recommendations
« Reply #21 on: July 01, 2020, 07:28:35 PM »
I find that the sets are half full of stuff that you'll never ever use.  It's probably best to invest in individual, good quality taps in the sizes that you'll need.  And make a box for them.
Where's that 10mm socket got to?

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Re: Tap n die set recommendations
« Reply #22 on: July 05, 2020, 07:56:44 PM »
Avoid carbon steel, go for hss (high speed steel)....

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Re: Tap n die set recommendations
« Reply #23 on: July 05, 2020, 08:22:28 PM »
Trefolex is still readily available. A tin at home will last forever.  ;)

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Re: Tap n die set recommendations
« Reply #24 on: August 30, 2020, 06:25:44 PM »
With taps and dies, you get what you pay for. Go for known brands like Warrior, Presto, etc. They must be HSS, and slpit diesso you can 'fernurgle' a thread as required, Buy as you require or you will be paying for tools you don't use (trust me, I have tools people have never even heard of). Over the years my collection of t's & d's include metric course, up tp 25mm, many metric fine up to 26mm, bsf, bsp, whitworth, unc, unf, ba, and a full set of Venezuelan Beaver's Trap thread! (and many specials,some l/hand thread). Yup, a man can't live without taps and dies!

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Re: Tap n die set recommendations
« Reply #25 on: August 30, 2020, 06:26:50 PM »
With taps and dies, you get what you pay for. Go for known brands like Warrior, Presto, etc. They must be HSS, and slpit diesso you can 'fernurgle' a thread as required, Buy as you require or you will be paying for tools you don't use (trust me, I have tools people have never even heard of). Over the years my collection of t's & d's include metric course, up tp 25mm, many metric fine up to 26mm, bsf, bsp, whitworth, unc, unf, ba, and a full set of Venezuelan Beaver's Trap thread! (and many specials,some l/hand thread). Yup, a man can't live without taps and dies!
Thanks. Pretty much doing that. Just buying what I need.

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