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    Neat Tap Wrench

    here is a new tool I just picked up from HF looks like it will be handy to have
    T-Handle Tap Ratcheting Wrench
    https://www.harborfreight.com/t-hand...nch-97633.html
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    Re: Neat Tap Wrench

    I picked up one of those awhile back. Looked interesting. Havenít used it yet. Might come in handy!


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    Re: Neat Tap Wrench

    I've had one awhile now, couple of years at least and it is handy. Mines got a square drive recess on the top so you can use a 3/8" ratchet as well..............Mike

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    Re: Neat Tap Wrench

    I have one that was my great grandfathers!
    Probably over a hundred years old!
    I've never used it. I just don't see any advantage to it.
    I know, it's just me!

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    Re: Neat Tap Wrench

    The chuck looks on the same order as the old carpenter's brace.
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    Re: Neat Tap Wrench

    I've had mine a few years now. Just love it.

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    Re: Neat Tap Wrench

    i had to tap a clutch bar in my track loader to put a grease zerk in it, and it was about 10 inches down below the floor pan, so i tig welded a socket onto a " T" handle tap handle, i took the t pieces out and used a 3/8th ratchet with an extension and it worked great to get down there and the ratchet action was a heck of a lot easier than any other option...and i can still use the T handle as a T handle when needed..

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    Re: Neat Tap Wrench

    I have a couple of old ratcheting tap wrenches, they can be invaluable at times. I also have a couple of tap wrenches that have a 3/8 square broached into the top of the body aith a good chamfer so you can still use a center to hold them straight.
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    Re: Neat Tap Wrench

    They come in handy when you are in a tight spot where you don't have room to turn a regular tap wrench

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    Re: Neat Tap Wrench

    I have a tap wrench set # 167 by General. I use it a lot. The ratchet action is more useful if chasing thread in tight locations. Not desirable/slow when cutting threads.

    The ratchet action should have a lock position at least mine do. That is the position for cutting threads.
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    Re: Neat Tap Wrench

    A large ratcheting tap wrench would be handy when tapping on a mill. Especially a little one like mine.

    I use a follower, and leave everything in place from spot drilling to tapping...………..

    I don't have enough clearance between spindle, and column, to use a really good sized tap wrench. A ratcheting wrench with long handles would be a wonderful thing in my situation. This one is a bit small, but the idea is excellent.

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    Re: Neat Tap Wrench

    Quote Originally Posted by tapwelder View Post
    I have a tap wrench set # 167 by General. I use it a lot. The ratchet action is more useful if chasing thread in tight locations. Not desirable/slow when cutting threads.

    The ratchet action should have a lock position at least mine do. That is the position for cutting threads.
    That's the way mine is, in and out ratchet and lock.

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    Re: Neat Tap Wrench

    For most hand tapping I prefer the Lisle tap sockets. On the lathe I generally put the tap in the drill Chuck, loosen the step pulley belt, and turn the head stock Chuck by hand.
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    Re: Neat Tap Wrench

    https://www.amazon.com/Lisle-70500-T...gateway&sr=8-2

    I use these constantly at work. Use them sparaticly at home too.
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    Re: Neat Tap Wrench

    I have about 8 different sizes of those. Most are at least 50 years old. Use them constantly. Great for chasing threads after powder coating.
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    Re: Neat Tap Wrench

    Quote Originally Posted by acourtjester View Post
    here is a new tool I just picked up from HF looks like it will be handy to have
    T-Handle Tap Ratcheting Wrench
    https://www.harborfreight.com/t-hand...nch-97633.html
    A new tool that has been around for longer than I have been in the trade. I have had several forms of it as well as extentions for it in my tool boxes for 40 years. I use them all the time. here is a good companion tool to go with the handle. I made a similar tool 40 years ago before this one was on the market. The V notch is a nice addition and very handy when tapping round objects.
    https://www.amazon.com/BIG-GATOR-TOO...89&s=hi&sr=1-3
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    Re: Neat Tap Wrench

    i have an old one I got at Sear's back in the 60's ,a little rust but still perfect. Also had a big Hanson set in the wooden box great,But I gave it away about a year after I retired .Still wish I had it but would never use it , so glad some else can use it..
    One thing about those T handles ,you need like three different sizes because they only close to fit the different tap sizes .(IE if it works with a 3/4"tape it will not grip a 1/4-20.)
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    Re: Neat Tap Wrench

    Seems cool but I spent a stupid amount of money on my starrett tap handle set so i'll stick to those.
    I don't see much value or time saving in a racheting handle. maybe in a spot with less clearance.

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