taps Re: Shoddy Hardware (Was: Re: WW fixtures (was Re: "New" PDP-8))

From: Joe <rigdonj_at_cfl.rr.com>
Date: Thu Apr 4 06:41:21 2002

At 12:31 AM 4/4/02 +0100, Tony wrote:
>> I personally have used a die for threading rod only once in the ~30 years over
>I've used small metric dies quite a few times for making custom
>screwposts for IEEE-488 connectors, etc. It's a pain to use a lathe to
>cut short, fine-pitch, threads unless you have to.
>> which I've owned one. Normally, when I needed a tap, I simply bought one, for
>> about half a dollar. Now, I'm not quite ready to give up the tap wrenches I
>There's something wrong here. You get taps for 50 cents? Over here I pay
>about \pounds 5,00 for normal sized ones and a _lot_ more for very large
>or very small ones.
>Of course I only buy known name-brand HSS taps. The cheap carbon steel
>ones with badly formed threads are not worth bothering with....

   That's probably why he's throwing them away and buying new ones everytime! I have some taps that date back to the early 1900s and are still in good condition. Odd size taps costs a small fortune! I've got some that cost well over $200 each (not that I paid that much for them). I probably have over $5000 worth of taps alone and they all fit into cabinet that measures 8 x 12 x 15".

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