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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!
Bob
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Post  roddie Wed Jan 26, 2022 7:31 pm

In the case that anyone has a hardware store nearby the stocks the General Tools and instruments line.. I have their pin-vise.

Shown below; it's 4-jaw/square collet holds my 2-56 tap nicely.

Reedy Tools-Tap Handles Genera13
Reedy Tools-Tap Handles Genera14

I've used this combination to chase/cut the threads deeper in a few of my Cox "Bee" crankcases. Many crankcases weren't threaded to the bottoms of the 4 bores.. which can cause the back-end's 2-56 screws to snug-up before the back-end is tight to the crankcase..

Reedy Tools-Tap Handles 2-56_t10

Being a "pin-vise".. the smaller jaws would be for gripping small-size drills.. (smaller than the 1/16" dia. that you'd find at the hardware store..)  

Sorry.. there's no part# on it.. only General HDWE New York USA stamped on the barrel. There are X2 double-ended collets that store inside the barrel.

Reedy Tools-Tap Handles Genera16

You could.. (and I have..) chucked the barrel in my cordless-drill/driver for using drills of a smaller diameter than my drill-chuck would grab/hold.
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Post  Marleysky Wed Jan 26, 2022 9:53 pm

roddie wrote:In the case that anyone has a hardware store nearby the stocks the General Tools and instruments line.. I have their pin-vise.

Shown below; it's 4-jaw/square collet holds my 2-56 tap nicely.

You could.. (and I have..) chucked the barrel in my cordless-drill/driver for using drills of a smaller diameter than my drill-chuck would grab/hold.

Roddie, That brings back a few fond memories for me!  I worked for GRS  (Grand Rapids Supply) a local wholesaler of industrial tools and suppplies. Before computers, sat at a desk taking phone orders from Tool and Die shops, Machine shops, Maintenance Repair outfits. Desk had a Phone and a 3ft long metal rack holding all the catalogs of the manufacturers we represented. 8 1/2 x 11 3 part order forms were filled out manually as the customer read his list of Items they needed. Could be busier than a one armed paper hanger in a wind storm, most of the time. During the lulls I enjoyed reading thru all the catalogs to familiarize myself with the vast and varied products.  GENERAL TOOLS  was one of my favorites. They had (and still do) the coolest tools for specialty operations, tools I'd use only once in a lifetime if in my tool box, like an edge deburring tool or hole depth gauges.  GRS is long gone as are most of the tool and die shops. General tools still has a catalog....if ya wanna browse through it like a kid looking at the Sear Christmas catalog...
   https://generaltools.com/media/wysiwyg/TCAT14_TOOLS_CATALOG_1.pdf

PS: your pin vise is on page 89
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Post  davidll1984 Thu Jan 27, 2022 2:29 pm

cool this litle pin-vise wit it's 4-jaw I too have already done this but the tools you use are much better It's not easy to do Me it's an old tap and dril set dubro kit??? What brand is this tap style of drill bit??Reedy Tools-Tap Handles Img_2268
It's not the kind of tool you find everywhere. I managed to find a tap to do the spray bar treads on .15 medallion
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Post  roddie Thu Jan 27, 2022 7:26 pm

Marleysky wrote:
roddie wrote:In the case that anyone has a hardware store nearby the stocks the General Tools and instruments line.. I have their pin-vise.

Shown below; it's 4-jaw/square collet holds my 2-56 tap nicely.

You could.. (and I have..) chucked the barrel in my cordless-drill/driver for using drills of a smaller diameter than my drill-chuck would grab/hold.

Roddie, That brings back a few fond memories for me!  I worked for GRS  (Grand Rapids Supply) a local wholesaler of industrial tools and suppplies. Before computers, sat at a desk taking phone orders from Tool and Die shops, Machine shops, Maintenance Repair outfits. Desk had a Phone and a 3ft long metal rack holding all the catalogs of the manufacturers we represented. 8 1/2 x 11 3 part order forms were filled out manually as the customer read his list of Items they needed. Could be busier than a one armed paper hanger in a wind storm, most of the time. During the lulls I enjoyed reading thru all the catalogs to familiarize myself with the vast and varied products.  GENERAL TOOLS  was one of my favorites. They had (and still do) the coolest tools for specialty operations, tools I'd use only once in a lifetime if in my tool box, like an edge deburring tool or hole depth gauges.  GRS is long gone as are most of the tool and die shops. General tools still has a catalog....if ya wanna browse through it like a kid looking at the Sear Christmas catalog...
   https://generaltools.com/media/wysiwyg/TCAT14_TOOLS_CATALOG_1.pdf

PS: your pin vise is on page 89

Such an interesting story to me Rene. Remember the "Thomas Register"? I'm sure you do! We two have traversed similar paths in this life I believe; after reading your words above.
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Post  roddie Thu Jan 27, 2022 7:49 pm

davidll1984 wrote:cool this litle pin-vise wit it's 4-jaw I too have already done this but the tools you use are much better It's not easy to do Me it's an old tap and dril set dubro kit??? What brand is this tap style of drill bit??

It's not the kind of tool you find everywhere. I managed to find a tap to do the spray bar treads on .15 medallion

Hello David, My pin-vise is a "General Tool & Instrument" #92 pin-vise.

The 2-56 NC tap is made by Greenfield. A #50 (.070" dia.) drill is proper for a pilot-hole.

Do you know of the McMaster-Carr Company? You can obtain most anything tool-related from them.

Here's a weblink;

https://www.mcmaster.com/

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