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Re: [Healeys] BSF Taps and Dies

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Subject: Re: [Healeys] BSF Taps and Dies
From: Bob Spidell <bspidell@comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2020 08:17:51 -0700
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My (somewhat limited) experience is that the so-called 'dies' are really 
only thread chasers. If you try to use them to actually thread, say, a 
pipe or rod the die will wander laterally and you won't get a straight 
thread. I don't know if actual 'dies' are available outside a machine 
shop but, probably the only way to get a straight thread is with a lathe.

On 5/13/2020 6:49 AM, Bob Haskell wrote:
> Tom,
> If the pipe is 1/2" outside diameter, then a 1/2"-13 UNC or 20 UNF die 
> would be used.  Pipe is usually given by the inside diameter and 
> normally has tapered threads (NPT), in the US.  A 1/2" pipe would use 
> a 1/2" NPT die which is much larger than the 1/2"-13 or 20 dies.
> Cheers,
> Bob Haskell
> Austin Healey 3000 BN7/BT7 registrar
> On 5/13/20 7:12 AM, Tom Felts wrote:
>> Totally off Healey content, but here is a stupid question Re. dies.  
>> I have a piece of 1/2" OD steel pipe I want to thread (the outside).  
>> I don't know the die size to use.  A 1/2" die seems way too small.  
>> Anyone know what size die to use?  the number of threads doesn't 
>> matter---just the size of the die.
>> Thanks
>> Tom
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Michael MacLean <rrengineer.mike@att.net>
>> To: 'Healeys' <healeys@autox.team.net>, simon lachlan 
>> <simon.lachlan@alexarevel.plus.com>
>> Sent: Wed, 13 May 2020 02:51:28 -0400 (EDT)
>> Subject: Re: [Healeys] BSF Taps and Dies
>> I just want them to clean up threads.  Should be adequate for that..
>> Mike M

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