Threading Taps

Threading taps are used to create threads for bolts in materials like metals and plastics. Most commonly used in engineering and manufacturing, threading taps work similar to a drill but due to the unique shape of a tap, when screwed into a piece of material screw threads are created. Threading taps must be used in a predrilled hole and cannot be used for drilling entire holes.

Types of Threading Taps

Most commonly classified by three types, taps can be used in different ways for different applications.
•Taper taps, sometimes called starter taps, are used to initially start a new thread with the first 7-10 threads having a flatter profile than those further up the shaft.


•Plug taps are similar to taper taps but unlike a taper tap, plug taps only have 3-5 starting rows ground down leaving more shaft to create a thread.


•Bottom taps are square in profile with no ground down threads and are used after a taper or plug tap has been used. Bottom taps full length cutting shape allow for threads to be cut at the very bottom of a hole for maximum thread length.



Taps come in a range of sizes in both Metric and Imperial dimension and can also have different shank types. Threading taps are used in conjunction with a tap wrench so always consider the maximum side tap your wrench can hold when purchasing.

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RS Stock No. 427-931
BrandRS PRO
MYR570.22
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Spiral Flute Tap M12 Spiral Flute Tap - - - 7 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 340-6552
BrandRS PRO
MYR374.38
1 Set
Set(s)
Spiral Point Tap M12 Spiral Point Tap - - - 7 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 152-283
BrandRS PRO
MYR60.63
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Threading Tap M12 Straight Flute, Taper 1.75mm Metric - 1 - - Hand Tap HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 151-993
BrandRS PRO
MYR134.81
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Threading Tap M12 Spiral Flute, Second 1.75mm Metric - 1 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 669-9394
BrandRS PRO
MYR263.95
1 Set
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1/4 in Hexagon Drive Tap M10 1/4 in Hexagon Drive Tap - - - 6 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 427-963
BrandRS PRO
MYR398.35
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Spiral Point Tap M12 Spiral Point Tap - - - 7 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 340-6546
BrandRS PRO
MYR282.21
1 Set
Set(s)
Spiral Point Tap M12 Spiral Point Tap - - - 7 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 151-987
BrandRS PRO
MYR71.75
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Threading Tap M6 Spiral Flute, Second 1.0mm Metric - 1 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 455-936
BrandRS PRO
MYR60.63
Each
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Threading Tap M2 Spiral Point 0.4mm Metric - 1 41 mm - - HSS 2.5 mm - -
RS Stock No. 215-524
BrandRS PRO
MYR180.28
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Hand Tap M12 Hand Tap - - - 3 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 152-491
BrandRS PRO
MYR70.40
1 Set
Set(s)
Straight Flute Tap M2 Straight Flute Tap - - - 2 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 215-552
BrandRS PRO
MYR83.88
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Hand Tap M3 Hand Tap - - - 3 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 668-1113
BrandRS PRO
MYR454.51
1 Set
Set(s)
Left hand thread; Tap M12 Left Handed Thread - - - 7 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 152-211
BrandRS PRO
MYR53.01
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Threading Tap M12 Straight Flute, Plug 1.75mm Metric - 1 - - Hand Tap HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 340-6530
BrandRS PRO
MYR1,208.48
1 Set
Set(s)
Hand Tap M2.6 Hand Tap - - - 22 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 669-9404
BrandRS PRO
MYR344.33
1 Set
Set(s)
Threading Tap Set - - - - - 12 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 455-974
BrandRS PRO
MYR55.56
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Threading Tap #6-32 Spiral Point - UNC - 1 50 mm - - HSS 3.55 mm - -
RS Stock No. 152-003
BrandRS PRO
MYR107.32
Each
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Threading Tap M10 Spiral Flute, Second 1.5mm Metric - 1 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 673-4702
BrandRS PRO
MYR794.36
1 Set
Set(s)
Threading Tap Set - - - - - 22 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 455-980
BrandRS PRO
MYR70.74
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Threading Tap #2-56 Spiral Point - UNC - 1 44.5 mm - - HSS 2.8 mm - -