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#1210477 - Mon Mar 27 2017 11:55 AM Re: Recommendation for tap & dye set under $100 [Re: 53Movinon]
bartamos Offline
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Looks like they only have one hex set $37.99 minus 20%. It's a SAE/Metric combo.
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#1210479 - Mon Mar 27 2017 11:58 AM Re: Recommendation for tap & dye set under $100 [Re: bartamos]
53Movinon Offline
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Thanks for the information bartamos. I checked out the model you suggested but I could not find the sizes or if it will do fine threads. I need to start with 1/2" for the bumper bracket bolts but will use the other sizes eventually. I also did not find the model #ABN 5094 but it is how you described it and came up when I Googled it. Steve
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#1210485 - Mon Mar 27 2017 12:33 PM Re: Recommendation for tap & dye set under $100 [Re: 53Movinon]
Grigg Offline
Registered: Tue May 10 2005 12:00 PM
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Loc: Lexington, VA
Hex dies have their uses, but they're not necessarily better all around.
Round dies aren't cheap to make, flawed, and outdated in comparison either.
Round dies are commonly split on one side and with or without an adjusting screw in the die you use the screws in the die stock (holder/handle) to adjust the die, the size it cuts.
The round dies also have indentations in the side to provide positive drive by the same adjusting and holding screws.

Having a small amount of adjustment in a threading die is useful, at least it is to me.
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#1210497 - Mon Mar 27 2017 01:14 PM Re: Recommendation for tap & dye set under $100 [Re: Grigg]
53Movinon Offline
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Thanks Grigg for the comparison. At the moment, I just need a tool that will restore nuts, bolts and screws. I will hang onto this info for future reference. Steve
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#1210504 - Mon Mar 27 2017 02:03 PM Re: Recommendation for tap & dye set under $100 [Re: 53Movinon]
bartamos Offline
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The home Depot set fooled me. The pockets in the case are hex but the dies are round. Anyway you will find that theses sets include several thread pitches in each size. The assortment will cover anything on an old truck. They usually have 4-40, 6-32, 8-32, 10-24, 10-32, 12-24, 1/4-20, 1/4-28, 5/16-18, 5/16-24, 3/8-16, 3/8-24, 7/16-14, 7/16-20, 1/2-13, and 1/2-20, 1/8 in. NPT pipe
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1960 GMC K10 Shortbed Wideside BBW CC BBV6 (The Oreo SpeedWagon)
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#1210551 - Mon Mar 27 2017 07:16 PM Re: Recommendation for tap & dye set under $100 [Re: bartamos]
53Movinon Offline
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I decided to get ABN 5094 from Amazon. I could not find it at HD but I saw one by Texton. One more question, where did you find those sizes? I was not able to locate them and the one I need now is 1/2" fine. Steve
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#1212376 - Sun Apr 09 2017 02:13 PM Re: Recommendation for tap & dye set under $100 [Re: 53Movinon]
801curt Offline
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Based off opinions on the StoveBolt a few years back I purchased Craftsman thread restorer kit. It has been GREAT! I rarely have to repair threads with my HF/Chinese tap and dye kit.
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#1212425 - Sun Apr 09 2017 08:32 PM Re: Recommendation for tap & dye set under $100 [Re: 53Movinon]
tclederman Offline
Registered: Tue Sep 18 2001 12:00 PM
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Loc: Jarvisburg, NC
If you are just going to chase threads this HF set should work fine (it has for me, through 4 truck restorations over a 20 year period).

4-40, 6-32, 8-32, 10-32, 10-24, 12-24,
1/4 in.-20,
1/4 in.-28,
5/16-18,
5/16 in.-24,
3/8 in.-16,
3/8 in.-24,
7/16 in.-14,
7/16 in.-20,
1/2 in.-13, and
1/2 in.-20,
1/8 in. NPT pipe tap
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