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The Garage / Re: Help, I need a decent SAE Tap and Die Set
« Last post by rsterne on August 08, 2018, 12:16:27 PM »
Wholesale Tool specify whether made in USA or Import, and the price certainly reflects that.... http://www.wttool.com/

Bob
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The Garage / Re: Help, I need a decent SAE Tap and Die Set
« Last post by Tinkerer on August 08, 2018, 12:12:04 PM »
There is always McMaster-Carr and or Kodiak Cutting Tools (http://www.kodiakcuttingtools.com/)
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The Garage / Re: Help, I need a decent SAE Tap and Die Set
« Last post by sixshootertexan on August 08, 2018, 12:01:46 PM »
My set is old.
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The Garage / Re: Help, I need a decent SAE Tap and Die Set
« Last post by steveoh on August 08, 2018, 09:12:50 AM »
Cheap T/D sets are cheap crap. I suggest you find a local machine supply and buy just the tap/die you need. In the long run you will spend less because you are not paying for T/D's that you will never use. If you don't have a local supply most will ship them to you.

I think you are the voice of reason. Going to find a good die handle, (the hanson set screw stripped first tightening down) and the die I currently need. Same with tap and handle.
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The Garage / Re: Help, I need a decent SAE Tap and Die Set
« Last post by steveoh on August 08, 2018, 09:11:07 AM »
Haha, no shame in trying Harbor Freight.  Their cheapest sets like this one for around $15...
https://www.harborfreight.com/40-pc-carbon-steel-sae-tap-and-die-set-63016.html
aren't much good for anything but soft materials like aluminum or cast iron, or for chasing existing threads.

Their $85 set...
https://www.harborfreight.com/45-pc-titanium-nitride-coated-alloy-steel-sae-tap-die-set-60685.html
has been very useful and compares favorably with a much more expensive set we have at work. 

I expect you'd have to spend at least twice as much to get something demonstrably better.  For example, you mentioned a Hanson die worked.  Their similar set is $159 on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Irwin-Tools-1835091-Performance-Fractional/dp/B00D6FCT6Y
If that's within your budget, perhaps that would be worth some peace of mind.

I tried two different tap and die sets from Harbor Freight. I couldn't even get the die started for a 1/4-28 on 1/4 SS rod. Sometimes you get ok tools from Harbor Freight, other times you get garbage.
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The Garage / Re: Help, I need a decent SAE Tap and Die Set
« Last post by sixshootertexan on August 08, 2018, 04:41:12 AM »
Cheap T/D sets are cheap crap. I suggest you find a local machine supply and buy just the tap/die you need. In the long run you will spend less because you are not paying for T/D's that you will never use. If you don't have a local supply most will ship them to you.
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Contests, Give aways and more. / Re: New! Hunting Package "Give-Air-Way"
« Last post by Alan on August 08, 2018, 04:36:59 AM »
Ah now we have three things!

I didn't mention there are a couple of bonus items too. Name one of those, and they might end a tie.

By the way, in case you didn't remember, you CAN change your guess. If you do, just modify your current post.
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The Garage / Re: Help, I need a decent SAE Tap and Die Set
« Last post by nervoustrigger on August 08, 2018, 12:26:12 AM »
Haha, no shame in trying Harbor Freight.  Their cheapest sets like this one for around $15...
https://www.harborfreight.com/40-pc-carbon-steel-sae-tap-and-die-set-63016.html
aren't much good for anything but soft materials like aluminum or cast iron, or for chasing existing threads.

Their $85 set...
https://www.harborfreight.com/45-pc-titanium-nitride-coated-alloy-steel-sae-tap-die-set-60685.html
has been very useful and compares favorably with a much more expensive set we have at work. 

I expect you'd have to spend at least twice as much to get something demonstrably better.  For example, you mentioned a Hanson die worked.  Their similar set is $159 on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Irwin-Tools-1835091-Performance-Fractional/dp/B00D6FCT6Y
If that's within your budget, perhaps that would be worth some peace of mind.

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