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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Description Price Set Type Thread Size Type Pitch Thread Standard Thread Direction Number of Pieces Overall Length Shank Standard Hand/Machine Tap Material Shank Diameter Shank Type For Use With
RS Stock No. 669-9384
BrandRS PRO
MYR40.41
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Threading Tap M5 Hexagon Drive Tap 0.8mm Metric - 1 35 mm - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 152-164
BrandRS PRO
MYR40.34
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Threading Tap M2 Straight Flute, Second 0.4mm Metric - 1 - - Hand Tap HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 669-9388
BrandRS PRO
MYR46.35
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Threading Tap M6 Hexagon Drive Tap 1.0mm Metric - 1 37.5 mm - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 152-047
BrandRS PRO
MYR36.24
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Threading Tap M3.5 Straight Flute, Second 0.6mm Metric - 1 - - Hand Tap HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 151-937
BrandRS PRO
MYR59.96
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Threading Tap M2 Spiral Flute, Second 0.4mm Metric - 1 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 522-7581
BrandRS PRO
MYR108.33
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Threading Tap M10 Second, Straight Flute 1.25mm Metric Fine - 1 76 mm - - HSS 9.95 mm - -
RS Stock No. 427-953
BrandRS PRO
MYR118.54
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Threading Tap PG16-18 Straight Flute - PG - 1 80 mm - Hand Tap HSS 18 mm - -
RS Stock No. 152-075
BrandRS PRO
MYR38.47
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Threading Tap M3 Straight Flute, Second 0.5mm Metric - 1 - - Hand Tap HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 152-293
BrandRS PRO
MYR33.89
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Threading Tap M5 Straight Flute, Second 0.8mm Metric - 1 - - Hand Tap HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 455-924
BrandRS PRO
MYR50.66
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Threading Tap #10-24 Spiral Point - UNC - 1 58 mm - Machine Tap HSS 5 mm - -
RS Stock No. 152-435
BrandRS PRO
MYR127.13
1 Set
Set(s)
Straight Flute Tap M16 Straight Flute Tap - - - 2 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 151-820
BrandRS PRO
MYR104.96
1 Set
Set(s)
Straight Flute Tap M7 Straight Flute Tap - - - 2 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 427-957
BrandRS PRO
MYR145.72
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Threading Tap PG7-20 Straight Flute - PG - 1 70 mm - Hand Tap HSS 9 mm - -
RS Stock No. 151-965
BrandRS PRO
MYR75.12
1 Set
Set(s)
Straight Flute Tap 1/4 in BSF Straight Flute Tap - - - 2 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 152-019
BrandRS PRO
MYR93.51
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Threading Tap M8 Spiral Flute, Second 1.25mm Metric - 1 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 152-429
BrandRS PRO
MYR59.29
1 Set
Set(s)
Straight Flute Tap 5/16 in UNC Straight Flute Tap - - - 2 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 522-7676
BrandRS PRO
MYR656.36
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Threading Tap M30 Second, Straight Flute 1.5mm Metric Fine - 1 130 mm - - HSS 19.9 mm - -
RS Stock No. 455-968
BrandRS PRO
MYR49.79
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Threading Tap 1/4-20 Spiral Point - UNC - 1 66 mm - - HSS 6.3 mm - -
RS Stock No. 151-886
BrandRS PRO
MYR63.72
1 Set
Set(s)
Straight Flute Tap #6 BA Straight Flute Tap - - - 2 - - - HSS - - -
RS Stock No. 669-9372
BrandRS PRO
MYR36.99
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Threading Tap M3 Hexagon Drive Tap 0.5mm Metric - 1 32.5 mm - - HSS - - -