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Offline Kim

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Starrett Tap Handle
« on: May 05, 2019, 03:40:04 PM »
Several months ago, I purchased a pair of Starrett tap handles.  I got the No. 93-b and No. 93-c.  The Starrett tools I have are great, and Iíve been quite pleased with them, which is why I decided to spring for some expensive tap handles.

After getting them, I have used the small one (93-c) many times and just love it!

However, I recently went to use the larger one (93-b) and found that it holds taps at a nice jaunty angle Ė way off from the center line of the tool, as you can see in this picture.  The one on the left is the larger, 93-b, all cockeyed.   The one on the right is the small 93-c, which works just wonderfully.

This is very unfortunate because it makes it nearly impossible to use this tap handle to tap!  Iím afraid Iím going to break the tap because the handle sticks off in a bizarre direction. You can see this in the picture below.

I checked the Starrett web site and they have a 6 month warrantee against defect.  Unfortunately, I purchased this more than 6 months ago. I had just never used the larger tap handle till now. :(

Iíve written to them to ask if they will exchange it for a working one, and weíll see what they say. I hope so.  I know itís just a tap handle, but itís not a cheap one. Nothing from Starrett is.  And it just kind a bums me that this quality issue escaped. And maybe even more, that I didnít even think to check on it.

Well, weíll see how it goesÖ
Kim

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Re: Starrett Tap Handle
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2019, 04:55:56 PM »
Kim being that itís a manufacture defect I donít think they will argue with you and give you a replacement!


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Re: Starrett Tap Handle
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2019, 04:59:10 PM »
Sorry to hear about this & hope you get it resolved with vendor. I have Starrett conventional tap handles & they are excellent tools, a pleasure to use. A few years ago I bought a Starrett dial bore gage & it had many signs of offshore cheesyness. Maybe a Monday morning model. I exchanged it for another brand. I've heard some of the normal line they have farmed out to Asia with QC but along with that comes the potential issues. Its probably worth disassembly for a look-see. From what I recall its a pair of jaws & a spring, kind of a birds beak mechanism. You might find some swarf or other obstruction & its an easy fix. At minimum if its deficient machining all the more info to pass on & get an exchange/refund.

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Re: Starrett Tap Handle
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2019, 05:46:05 PM »
Thanks Don, I hope you are right!  That's my hope too!

Thanks Petertha,
Yes, I've had it open and it's just as you describe. No swarf in the mechanism.  It just seems the the bird beek, as you excellently described it, just doesn't come together squarely.  And I don't want to attempt to "fix" anything since that would certainly void any warranty.

The smaller one is just a joy to use, as you say.  I hope the larger one can be too :)

Kim
« Last Edit: May 06, 2019, 05:05:51 AM by Kim »

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Re: Starrett Tap Handle
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2019, 06:10:44 PM »
Not sure if these are offshore now or not. They well could be. In any case I would expect the company to make it good and will be sorely disappointed if they don't. Please keep us posted on what you hear back Kim.

Bill