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Large, Fine Thread Metric Tap and Die Set Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by DesertRatliff, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Dec 1, 2019 at 7:42 PM
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    DesertRatliff

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    I've got the really nice 41 piece Irwin metric-only tap and die set pictured above that has worked for well for years. Every now and then, though, it leaves me hanging, and usually with the larger fine thread bolts that Toyota uses (head bolts on a 3RZ were the last ones; I think M12 1.25). I could piece together the tap and dies I needed ala carte but would rather give Santa an idea to put under the tree in one big box.

    Any recommendations?
     
  2. Dec 1, 2019 at 11:31 PM
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    I suggest staying away from cheap taps unless it's just for chasing threads. But in that case rethreading/chaser taps are the way to go, they won't remove material which for the most part your standard tap will.
     
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  4. Dec 2, 2019 at 2:36 AM
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    For years now I just buy the sizes I need why spend money on sizes you will never use !!

    Then I buy the correct size drill bits .

    Unless your building parts from scratch your better off with a thread chaser set for restoring and cleaning threads

    If your buying a set go with the thread chaser you can get them for internal and external thread
     
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    I do a little of both. But when I'm fabbing stuff I try to stay away from odd sized hardware anyway.

    If thread restorers/chasers are the way to go, can you guys recommend a set? I've always liked Matco tools but their chasers are little out of my price range here.
     
  6. Dec 2, 2019 at 10:52 AM
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    I've had good luck with ARP, they're not cheap, but for truck stuff you only need a few.
     
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    I have had good Luck Buying from McMaster- Carr never received anything poor quality.

    I am lucky I have a warehouse close order before 1700 most times it is here next day

    I have a Matco kit floating around some place
     
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  8. Dec 2, 2019 at 1:41 PM
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    Gearwrench makes a nice set
     
  9. Dec 2, 2019 at 3:18 PM
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    Yep. McMaster for most everything.
     
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    Thx for the tips guys. Didn't even think about McMaster Carr.
     

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