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Tap and die brands - what makes them good or bad?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by soggyBottom, Feb 20, 2021.

  1. Feb 20, 2021 at 8:42 AM
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    soggyBottom

    soggyBottom [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm in the market for a few new taps. Aside from the different type of taps, what makes one better than the other? There are lots of forum posts out there with people saying things like, "buy the most expensive tap you can afford".

    Like expensive wine, I'm sure the price in many instances can make someone believe that one is better than another. How can I be objective in my search for new taps?
     
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  2. Feb 20, 2021 at 8:48 AM
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    jlemmond

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    I use a set of Grainger house brands once a week or so at work. Mostly on stainless. They do just fine, ill be honest and say im not shy with the RapidTap tbough.
     
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  3. Feb 20, 2021 at 8:58 AM
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    My Name is Rahl

    My Name is Rahl President of the Taco-Obsessed fanclub!

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    Go with Greenfield or Cle-line. Those will be the best for your money.
     
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  4. Feb 20, 2021 at 9:03 AM
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    rnish

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    How often are you going to use them? I go to Ace Hardware when I need something.
     
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  5. Feb 20, 2021 at 9:14 AM
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    Wyoming09

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    Depends just what your doing and how Often.

    I have been buying my Taps and dies from McMaster -Carr they don`t push brand names I have always received good quality tooling from them .
     
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  6. Feb 20, 2021 at 9:15 AM
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    six5crèéd

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    It’s true that some brands are better than others, the biggest thing is use good cutting oil.
     

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