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Post  dckrsn Thu Jul 08, 2021 9:16 pm

For the last few years, I've been trying to settle on a small tap handle, for
2-56, 5-40, and several nearby thread-tap sizes. I gave up on "T Handles",
because they were way too heavy handed for such a small task. I won't
feature my poor purchases  Mad , but I have a little faith in this one.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/222730796847?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649
I know it's not a Starrett, but I'm at an age where I don't need a premium tool.
I tried a few pin vises, but they're mostly 3-jaw, and not really compatible
with a  tap. I don't like grabbing the cylindrical shank of the tap with just 
three jaws.
Just wondering, what you all were using?
Bob I Love This Forum!
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Post  coxaddict Fri Jul 09, 2021 4:49 am

Reedy Tools-Tap Handles P7080311
Got this from Ace Hardware. Irwin brand made for small taps
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Post  cstatman Fri Jul 09, 2021 9:38 am

I'm a fan of Century (german company) - they make a 0"-1/4" T-Handle that I use for 'small' work.

watch your mailbox monday.   Razz
let us know if ya like it - or if its too bulky
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Post  rsv1cox Fri Jul 09, 2021 6:30 pm

I have several tap and die sets, the best being a vintage Craftsman, back when they offered quality tools. But I have never found a suitable tap handle for my 2/56's and other small taps, something that would tighten/grip properly.

I like a T handle but I can never get a perfect vertical down-push with them. Your suggestion Bob may cure that.
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Post  aspeed Fri Jul 09, 2021 6:54 pm

I normally use one like the above picture, but have one about that size with a ratchet handle that I like too. It makes it quicker to remove the tap using the ratchet rather than the bar. I also have a piece of 2" x 3/8" x 1/4" steel with a square hole drilled in the middle that works well for the smaller #2 and #4 taps because you can sort of feel it before it breaks.
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Post  dckrsn Fri Jul 09, 2021 9:43 pm

This is the subject tap handle.
Reedy Tools-Tap Handles Tap11
Bob
Thanks in advance, Charles!
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Post  NEW222 Sat Jul 10, 2021 4:15 pm

I have a 4 piece set similar to the one posted above by Bob that I use.
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Post  dckrsn Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:42 pm

@cstatman wrote:I'm a fan of Century (german company) - they make a 0"-1/4" T-Handle that I use for 'small' work.

watch your mailbox monday.   Razz
let us know if ya like it - or if its too bulky
Received the handle, weee. What a beauty. Just a
hair big for the flats on a 2-56 tap, but it grabs the
tap shank just fine. cstatman is my new best friend. I Love This Forum!
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