Bristol_Rob, I bought a HSS metric set from cromwell tools years ago under their ‘sherwood’ brand name. Nicely presented in a wooden box, they’ve been excellent, cut good quality threads and supplied with the tapping drill bits. I think zoro are the same company. They also supply the liquid cutting compounds. HTHHi Guys
I'm planning on doing some tap & die work at home (small size 3-4mm upto 12mm) and I want to buy a general good quality T&D set.
As we are in the UK I'm going to stump up for an SAE/Metric set to cover the usual range of frustrations we get in the UK.
I was looking at the Gearwrench 75pc set at circa £150 inc shipping. (They looked nice and owners seem to like the tools/quality) (Fear of import tax has me here)
I have no experience of buying these and couldn't name any brands, which is why I'm here.
I'd be keen to hear of people's experience of brands available in the UK (to avoid high shipping costs) hopefully with your UK avilable recommendation.
My budget is up to £150 inc of delivery costs.
I don't like using cheap tools and I'd like to buy once before I die (see what I did there
The little research I've done has led me to believe I'd be best suited to a general set of 'PLUG' type taps set.
My collection has accumulated in the last few years where I've been buying job lots of engineering kit to set up my workshop at work. Obviously its mainly the metrics that get used but it ain't half nice to be able to find any of the "oddball" ones when you need them! My comment about expecting a rap on the knuckles from AES is because I know I'll get told off for having them all in a drawer together, unprotected! I have got a hot wax dip pot now, but the thought of going through all of them puts me off doing it. Especially as theres the end mill and reamer drawers to do something with as well.The starter (taper) intermediate tap and the plug tap should be all passed in order through the threading to achieve best or finest if you prefer, finish. Taps of quality ...even of low quality...can be quite expensive and should not be stored unprotected from each other. It is 'best practice to keep their very hard sharp surfaces 'off' each other.
Though perhaps an obsessive collection I have some envy of the chap on the forum here who has a drawer full of taps.