View Full Version : Craftsman hex threading dies?
06-04-2002, 08:00 PM
[This message has been edited by pgmrdan (edited 03-19-2004).]
Yes, but not for that reason.
The )*&%*&$ craftsman dies are intended for threading all right, unless sold as re-threading dies. They just made them hex so you have to use their diestock.
BUT, they aren't worth the coal to melt them. Had a set, and the darn things were off-center, ground weird, etc. Lead-in was wrong, ugh.
Took them back, got my money, then found a bunch of Greenfield, Card, etc dies.
06-04-2002, 09:02 PM
I concur with Oso. I had bought a tap and die set from Home Depot, and although they are intended for cutting new thread I found that they were only good for rethreading. I now buy good quality HSS tap individually as I need them.
06-04-2002, 09:12 PM
Those dies and taps are usually not guaranteed like the Craftsman tools are,BUT,if they crap out and don't work like they say they're supposed to,take them back and don't take No! for an answer!! Stomp your feet and yell for the manager!(Done best when the store is busy).They will give you a new tool or your money back! (Been there,done that)!!!
06-05-2002, 12:23 AM
PGMRDAN: I totally agree that the Craftsman taps and dies as are now sold are POS but I have some that I bought 40 years ago that work fine other than than the ones that I wore out from too much use. Buy "made in the USA" for the best value IMO. WALT WARREN
Yeah, after using less expensive taps for quite a few years, I've finally started buying Hanson-Whitney taps. Wow! What a difference! The made-in-Yugoslavia (or maybe Poland) dies sold by MSC, Travers, etc. are also pretty good. I've never had any luck at all with Craftsman taps.
06-05-2002, 02:44 PM
Those sears dies "may" be ok on free machining brass but that's about all.
NTB (sears) turned my discs lately and managed to get them to run out about .018"
My pickup sounded like a horse with the pads clip, cloping up and down.
I don't darken sears's doorstep anymore after the car parts scams on the left coast years ago.
R & N makes a good medium price tap.
06-05-2002, 07:33 PM
[This message has been edited by pgmrdan (edited 11-16-2003).]
06-06-2002, 12:25 AM
Generally a hex shaped die is for "repairing" a damaged thread - they are just carbon steel. Save your coins and buy high quality HSS taps and dies as you need them or get a whole set. I find few people fully exploit the sets so I only buy what I require to cut down on adding more clutter to my overstuffed tool boxes. Good taps usually come in a plastic tube or a moulded plastic box - keep these and return the taps to the original container to prevent cutting edge damage from contact with other tools. This is a good rule to follow with reamers as well.