any recommendations for decent Tap & Die set?

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  1. McBroom

    McBroom U.S.Marine Veteran Retired 88-2000 Military

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    Their precision tool quality has improved recently I think it’s a new supplier.


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    ^^^have noticed the same thing. Now have several Pittsburgh hand tools. Found their ratchets to be very good quality and they offer unique selection of style. HF has become my new don't need it but got to have it stop and see. Their commercial casters are quality and about 40% less than the hardware store.
     
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    Nick_rp Senior Member Military

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    Yea the tools are getting better, even bought me one of those $30 cordless drills, Warrior, I think. Its decent for around the house but too much torque load will stop it in its tracks. Also got the 1/2 electric impact. That thing makes axle nuts it bitch.

    It was a couple years ago, last time I bought precision from them. If I remember right it was SAE/MET thread pitch gauge, the 6" digital caliper, radius gauges and some feeler gauges. All of them were out of spec. Caliper slide was rough and made sliding it a pain for small increments, thread pitch gauge had about a quarter of the teeth bent or missing, 2 of the radius gauges had chips in them and the feeler gauges rusted over night in my garage lol

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    If nobody else said it, go for MAC Tool. LIFETIME warranty on everything!!!!! Including drill bits (above jewelers size), all taps and dies, even had them swap me a new body hammer due to a splintered handle. If you're doing stainless you be happy with that warranty.

    BTW if you buy a good used set, like eBay for $150 - $175 you can get all the individual pieces warrantied if they need to be and end up with a brand new set :)
     
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    Nick_rp Senior Member Military

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    Was chatting with my supervisor and he said if I break/lose/damage any personal tools on the job, that I can order new through grainger/mcmaster on company dime. Cha ching!

    So I bought a cheap $40 HF 60pc set and as they wear or break, I'll replace the bits with high quality.

    Just opened the pack to do some quality control and already have 3 taps needing replaced and I'm questioning half the dies.



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    Whatever set you buy, make sure it's made out of HSS and the dies are adjustable.
     
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    For chasing out existing threads pretty much any brand will do but to actually make new threads u need to buy high speed steel (marked hs or hss) and use the right bit not one that’s close to expect any tool life. The rest are only for thread chasing or fishing weights. It’s also a good idea to get some bottoming taps for blind holes for the most common sizes u use. A good quality tapping oil is a must too such as tap magic.
     
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    I have a nice $600 snap on extraction kit made of HSS that accidentally walked away with me after I left the military lol it was genuinely an accident at first, I got permission to take it home for a weekend, forgot about it to return it for a few days, once I brought it back they had already replaced it lol

    that was in 2012, I still have it and have only had to replace 3 of the left hand drill bits.

    So, I'm a fan of HSS, I just cant afford it. Well, I could but my wife is a fan of "new things". Car needs some transmission work? Wife: "time for a new car". Couch has a stain? Wife: "time for a new couch"

    Its exhausting.

    Thankful for my last post though ^^
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    HF works ok just take your time and use oil and most any taps will work.
     

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