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Offline AOG

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Good BA tap and dies
« on: February 19, 2017, 08:23:55 PM »
This is a question for for you guys in the U.K. I'm getting fed up with poor quality Indian and Chinese carbon steel BA taps. Can anyone recommend a good manufacturer of HSS BA taps and dies.

Thanks

Tony

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Re: Good BA tap and dies
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2017, 08:32:15 PM »
SKF or Volkel.

Jo
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Re: Good BA tap and dies
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2017, 08:37:49 PM »
Dormer or volkel. I Find the dormer out last the volkel and I use alot of taps in work.

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Re: Good BA tap and dies
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2017, 09:07:01 PM »
I'm in the UK like Tony and also interested in buying BA and a ME sets shortly so I wondered what other members thought of these Apex sets lower down the page ?

http://www.chronos.ltd.uk/acatalog/Engineering_Menu_Taps___Dies_Sets_182.html

Peter
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Re: Good BA tap and dies
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2017, 09:27:15 PM »
Not used Chronos but I have had both CS & HSS taps and dies from here with no problems:

http://www.engineeringsupplies.co.uk/taps-hand-carbon-c-183.html?14=71&10=&4=&15=

I mainly  use metric now but I've flagged up the CS BA stuff.

Don't forget the prices. They're ex-vat & PP though if you compare.  :ThumbsUp:

I also have some Dormer, Presto & Volkel all OK.

Dave

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Re: Good BA tap and dies
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2017, 11:45:51 PM »
Thanks for the advice everyone.

Tony

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Re: Good BA tap and dies
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2017, 07:17:56 AM »
Hello.
I can really recommend the tools these guys are selling.
Almost any kind of taps and dies,except ME threading tools. :shrug:

http://www.gewindebohrer.de/shop/catalog/
« Last Edit: February 20, 2017, 07:25:26 AM by Xldevil »

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Re: Good BA tap and dies
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2017, 12:20:48 PM »
I realise this is an old thread but may still be of interest to anyone looking to buy cheapish tap and die sets.

I've just bought one of these ME sets - I didn't want to pay a lot to cut the occasional thread for steam fittings so just opted for the CS version.

http://www.tracytools.com/taps-and-dies/taps-dies-wooden-box/model-engineering

I guess for anyone doing a serious amount of thread cutting they'd not be much good but for the odd stuff like I need they seem to do an excellent job  :)

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Re: Good BA tap and dies
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2017, 01:42:12 PM »
Hi,

I have used Tracy tools on a number of occasions for ME & BA taps/dies, both CS and they have performed well when cutting threads mainly in brass & CI when building engines from Stuart castings. I have also obtained imperial reamers from them. The most useful item has proved to be a set of 'number drills" (1-60) that I find to be indispensable. Have always found the service to be good fast.

Ian