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    I have always had the smaller tap wrenches that usually came with a set of taps. They work well for me when doing small diameter threading. However, I have branched out into some reamers and need a larger tap wrench.

    If all a tap wrench does (as far as I can tell) is turn the tap or reamer, why the variety in prices? Does a guy need a Starrett tap wrench? Will an Irwin work just as well?

    Thank you!

    Andy

  • #2
    A Starrett will work the rest of your life.
    Irwin, probably not. It gets aggravating when little bits fall out that aren't supposed to.
    There are good tap wrenches besides Starrett.

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    • #3
      Carm, What other brands are good ones to keep an eye out for?

      Thank you!

      Andy

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      • #4
        I have a half dozen Greenfield's from small to large, a mix of straight wrenches and T-type that most are older than me and I'm soon to be 60.

        I'm not much for HF tools but saw one of these about 8 years ago and now its my preferred handle for general shop use for 1/4" thru 5/8" taps.
        Very good quality made in Taiwan.
        http://www.harborfreight.com/t-handl...nch-97633.html

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        • #5
          Originally posted by J.Ramsey View Post
          I have a half dozen Greenfield's from small to large, a mix of straight wrenches and T-type that most are older than me and I'm soon to be 60.

          I'm not much for HF tools but saw one of these about 8 years ago and now its my preferred handle for general shop use for 1/4" thru 5/8" taps.
          Very good quality made in Taiwan.
          http://www.harborfreight.com/t-handl...nch-97633.html
          Funny, that's my story exactly. A number of old USA handles, but couldn't pass up that HF handle... it's unique and works well. -st-

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          • #6
            Originally posted by J.Ramsey View Post
            I have a half dozen Greenfield's from small to large, a mix of straight wrenches and T-type that most are older than me and I'm soon to be 60.

            I'm not much for HF tools but saw one of these about 8 years ago and now its my preferred handle for general shop use for 1/4" thru 5/8" taps.
            Very good quality made in Taiwan.
            http://www.harborfreight.com/t-handl...nch-97633.html
            Funny, that's my story exactly. A number of old USA handles, but couldn't pass up that HF handle... it's unique and works well. -st-

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            • #7
              Originally posted by J.Ramsey View Post
              I have a half dozen Greenfield's from small to large, a mix of straight wrenches and T-type that most are older than me and I'm soon to be 60.

              I'm not much for HF tools but saw one of these about 8 years ago and now its my preferred handle for general shop use for 1/4" thru 5/8" taps.
              Very good quality made in Taiwan.
              http://www.harborfreight.com/t-handl...nch-97633.html
              One of the tool makers I work with has that and loves it. I may grab one sometime. But I still want a set of starretts. I can't explain it but they are just sooooooo nice.

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              • #8
                Yea I have one of those I picked up somewhere, works well.

                Also have a nice regular tap wrench I picked up at Canadian tire or some such. Light years ahead of the one that came with my Chinese taps.

                Actually uses hardened jaws instead of that butter iron (I doubt any steel would be that soft) that has gotten so deformed and stripped on my other tap holder.
                Play Brutal Nature, Black Moons free to play highly realistic voxel sandbox game.

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                • #9
                  Not an answer but may be helpful.
                  Since I made these for the battery drill I havn,t used a tap wrench for those sizes. They are m4 to m8. I have an m10 with hex end that I use with a battery impact driver.



                  "...do you not think you have enough machines?"

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                  • #10
                    Have a look at Kilroy's "feed the monster" series on taps and dies:

                    https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...ed+the+monster

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                    • #11
                      Guncraft
                      Do you usually tap out of the spindle or tailstock?
                      These reamers you've branched out to, are they hand reamers, if so what size(s) are you reaming?

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                      • #12
                        Makes a good tap handle...

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