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Re: tap-n-die sets

Subject: Re: tap-n-die sets
From: "A. B. Bonds" <>
Date: 02 Jun 1995 10:04:23 -0500
In <>, Will Zehring wrote:
>Fellow fiends:
>I warn you that there is virtually no lbc content in this message but it 
>*does* have to do with the tools we use on our lbcs.  I am coming around to 
>the idea that it is past time for me to shop for and buy a nice tap and die 
>set.  Tools and tool brands can be a personal thing, but I need some advice. 
> Regarding tap and die sets...  my questions are...
>----I really don't know how price relates to quality with these things.  
>That is, I see a wide range in prices for sets with basically the same 
>instuments [comparing Sears (most of my tools) to Griot's ($$$wow$$$) to 
>other catalog sets I've seen].  One friend picked up what he says is a 
>cadillac set at a garage sale, for pennies.  Another friend says you'll get 
>junk unless you spend into three figures.
>----Apart from the price, I'm really not sure what to get in the first 
>place.  I'm confused about the nomenclature on the individual taps and dies. 
> What should I look for in terms of a good set (a proper range of sizes and 
>threads) to use on the lbc (post 1963)?  I assume "standard" (as opposed to 
>metric) but what about threading?  fine? coarse?...[actually, both, I 
>assume].   What is a good size range to get?  I'm not on terms with thinking 
>of bolts and nuts in sizes.  Here to fore I just think of them as fitting or 
>not fitting.  
>----Does Whitworth (sp?) play into this too?  (I *never* said I was smart!)
>What's it all about (Alfie)?  This may be of sufficient interest to the 
>entire list?  Otherwise, any wisdom on this (which would be much 
>appreciated) can be posted directly to me.  Thanks very much.
>Have a great weekend, too!
>Will "lost on the learning curve" Zehring
>P.S.  If you hurry I can drop hints to my wife re: my xxth birthday  =:o

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