Hand TAP Driver?

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Max Welton
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Hand TAP Driver?

Post by Max Welton » Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:38 pm

My search foo must be weak.

I find myself using a tap to chase some threads in a spot where there's no room to swing a t-handle.

I've often wished for something like a nut driver that would fit a tap. This square drive is 6mm on a side.
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Any help?

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Re: Hand TAP Driver?

Post by V8Nate » Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:40 pm

I've dug thru my sockets and found a 12pt that fit, a 12pt wrench will work too

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Re: Hand TAP Driver?

Post by Max Welton » Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:57 pm

Good idea. My small stuff is all 6-point. I'll be in town later ... see what ACE has.

Thanks!

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Re: Hand TAP Driver?

Post by Max Welton » Fri Sep 17, 2021 3:04 pm

Just discovered this is an actual thing called a tap socket. They sellem!

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Re: Hand TAP Driver?

Post by V8Nate » Fri Sep 17, 2021 3:09 pm

Good to know:)

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Re: Hand TAP Driver?

Post by SCOTTRODS » Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:29 pm

Sadly there is no set standard for the Tap "Square" sizes, on the drive end of the tap... I have a set of "tap sockets" that are a variety of sizes, some are 1/4" drive, some are 3?8" drive sockets... with Square holes in them and a rubber "o=ring" area inside them that helps hold most taps in place while you drive them, many do not hold at all and require more attention so you don;t constantly drop the tap... But for all purposes I've had, they work *OK*... but still leave a lot to be desired in fit, simply due to the manufacturers of Taps being unable to come up with a standard, because they think it's so cool to have a special tool for machinists to "adapt" to every other tool in the drawer. Machinists are a special group, and love that they have these special skils that others don't... it gives them advantages that the garage mechanic and fabricator and general fix it guy do not have... so why standardize something that "makes us special"? right? It ain't rocket science... but they sure try and make it rocket science.
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Re: Hand TAP Driver?

Post by SCOTTRODS » Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:34 pm

These say they're manufactured to some standard, but I have used them for years and find they are not solid fit for most taps... bbut read the description on the amazon ad... "Ideal for use in areas where a T handle won't fit."... "But that's not all! We'll throw in this set of steak knives to halp you swallow our BS"...
A helpful tool... not a perfect one by any stretch of the imagination.
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Re: Hand TAP Driver?

Post by Max Welton » Fri Sep 17, 2021 7:37 pm

Whelp ... most of ACE HWs stuff is 6 point.

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Re: Hand TAP Driver?

Post by GS guy » Sun Sep 19, 2021 6:50 pm

Decades of tool collection - most of my old "cheap" imported sockets were 12 pt. Having served their purpose at the time, but always at a disadvantage on corroded bolt heads and super tight nuts/bolts. I've since switched to mostly 6-point & better quality (Tekton my go-to brand if they offer what I need), but usually able to find a suitable old 12-pt in my stash for fitting the odd tap.
In a pinch I've also used a length of heavy wall tubing, drilled to fit the square tap into the end with a set screw in the side bearing against one of the flats. Just have to figure out how to turn the other end!
Jeff

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