View Full Version : They don't make them like this anymore.

03-23-2011, 10:19 AM
My 87 year old Father gave me this tap and die set. The top set goes from 1/4" to 1/2" in both fine thread and course thread. The bottom set is 9/16" to 3/4" in both fine and course. They don't make them like this anymore. I have lots of taps and I have a modern set of threading dies. What should I do with this? Does it have any value? What do you think it is worth on ebay? It might be a collectors item. Maybe it belongs in a museum.



03-23-2011, 10:34 AM
There are lots of sets like that around. The adjustable dies are nice. The set will most likely be all carbon steel,while everyone likes HSS now.

I have a few sets like that in my shop. Been kicking myself for turning down a NEVER USED similar set of Pratt and Whitney taps and dies. Absolutely mint. I didn't need them,but the quality was fantastic. The set was $95.00,and was sold by a tool dealer.

03-23-2011, 10:41 AM
If it were me, I would keep them and use them, particularly since it was a gift, but that's just me.

03-23-2011, 10:44 AM
thats a nice set of taps and dies, id clean it all up and put it in a display case in the shop to show them off, dont get the good old stuff to often anymore like that :D

03-23-2011, 11:09 AM
I would keep them, the adjustable dies are nice. There have been numerous times when I wish I had a set of adjustables so I could fine tune a thread fit.


03-23-2011, 11:17 AM
Use them! They are great deal better than many sets today. I miss the Cleveland adjustables that were at the old place. They sure did come in handy.


03-23-2011, 12:01 PM
Me? I'd use em. I'd really prefer to have dear old dead dad around, but I settle for the memories I get using his old tools.

03-23-2011, 12:07 PM
Both tap and die sets I have now were my grandfathers, I beleive he bought them around 1950-60, I use both regularly.

03-23-2011, 12:48 PM
:confused: ...sure they do. Those never went away.
McMaster (http://www.mcmaster.com) No. 2635A3, two-piece tap and die set. $1692.84

03-23-2011, 01:08 PM
I was very lucky to get from Ebay,an UNUSED set of adjustable dies and taps,a NEW set,for $75.00,very much like the set pictured just above. I had bought a set for where I worked for a LOT more.

03-23-2011, 01:15 PM
I sent you a PM

03-23-2011, 03:38 PM
I have a set of three dies that are adjustable. Mine are kind of odd in that they are handles with three different sized captive dies in each handle. I have never really used them other than to play with, but I like them.

03-23-2011, 04:32 PM
Here's mine:


03-23-2011, 06:56 PM
Very nice sets guys, thanks for posting the interesting pics.

Me,,, i,d hang on to them!!!

03-23-2011, 09:59 PM
Keep them and use them.
You won't be sorry.

03-23-2011, 10:01 PM
I have a set of those adjusable dies. A friend took a very large hammer to a differential pinion, mushroomed the threaded end, then wanted help repairing the threads. I ground off most of the mushroomed threads. Then took the insides out of outer die holder, reassembled the parts loosely, upside down, then unscrewed the unit off the pinion, back down, readjusted the die cutters tighter and unscrewed again. About 3 times and the threads were as good as new. JIM

03-23-2011, 10:11 PM
Now if you had a set of adjustable taps that would definitely be a keeper!:)

J Tiers
03-23-2011, 11:52 PM
I have a bunch of them in 2", SW Card, and GTD. Just got a stock that will hold them....

I see that those have the guides as mine do..... the guides on mine actually look more like a "sizing cutter", although I have not used them.... they are sharp and have some relief.

Is it just a guide?

The "guide" part is fixed size, the die portion is adjustable, but the "guide" unscrews from the body of the die.

Don Young
03-24-2011, 10:37 PM
Now if you had a set of adjustable taps that would definitely be a keeper!:)

There are collapsable taps made for repairing spark plug threads. They are split and have a tapered expander bolt running thru the middle. Saw them when I was looking for regular 12MM-1.0 taps.

03-25-2011, 11:33 AM
Here is a set I have been trying to sell on kijiji for ever. Zero interest (and look at my price!)