Threading Tap Sets

What are tap sets?

Used to cut a thread into a piece of material, taps are used similarly to a drill bit but rather than removing material to create a hole, a tap removes material for an existing holes walls to create a screw or bolt thread. Taps can be used with a tap wrench or with a power tool such as a drill. Forming taps by hand with a tap wrench or T wrench gives you the ability to slowly form the thread ensuring it cuts evenly and smoothly for the best finish. Working with power tools to cut threads can be faster for mass produced work but care must be taken to ensure the thread is cut correctly.

Different types of taps

Taper taps are used to start new threads in materials that have not previously been cut. This gradual tapered cut allows for a smooth start to a new thread. These are commonly used in tougher materials like alloy steel to create less strain on the tap as well as on smaller diameter holes with thinner taps that are more prone to breaking whilst cutting.

Second taps, also known as plug or intermediate taps are used similarly to the taper tap, working to create a fresh new thread in material often not having previously been cut. Second taps have a shorter taper but more threads along the cutting length to create more thread, faster. Second taps are one of the most commonly used taps as they can cut fresh threads in material whilst also re-cutting threads in slightly worn or older crossed threads.

Bottom taps, unlike taper and second taps, are a straight, continuous cutting edge with no taper, meaning threads are cut as soon as the tap enters the hole. The full cutting body allows for threads to be cut right down to the bottom of a blind hole. Blind hole tapping is when a thread is cut into a hole that does not pass fully through a piece of material. The bottom tap is typically only used when an existing thread has been cut either with a taper or second tap or when re-cutting an old thread that may have worn or been cross threaded.


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Description Price Set Type Maximum Tap Size Minimum Tap Size Number of Pieces Material Set Contents
RS Stock No. 375-9323
BrandRS PRO
MYR331.12
1 Set
Set(s)
Hand Tap, Tap Set M12 M3 8 HSS Taps: M3; M4; M5; M6; M8; M10; M12; Die-Cast Tap Wrench
RS Stock No. 215-574
BrandRS PRO
MYR81.16
Each
units
Hand Tap M5 M5 3 HSS Taper Tap; Plug Tap and Bottom Tap
RS Stock No. 668-1119
BrandRS PRO
MYR696.80
1 Set
Set(s)
Hand Tap M12 M3 22 HSS Taper Taps: M3; M4; M5; M6; M8; M10; M12; Second Taps: M3; M4; M5; M6; M8; M10; M12; Plug Taps: M3; M4; M5; M6; M8; M10; M12; Tap Wrench
RS Stock No. 215-530
BrandRS PRO
MYR80.68
Each
units
Hand Tap M6 M6 3 HSS Taper Tap; Plug Tap and Bottom Tap
RS Stock No. 340-6568
BrandRS PRO
MYR367.29
1 Set
Set(s)
Spiral Flute Tap M12 M3 7 HSS M3; M4; M5; M6; M8; M10; M12
RS Stock No. 215-546
BrandRS PRO
MYR114.84
Each
units
Hand Tap M10 M10 3 HSS Taper Tap; Plug Tap and Bottom Tap
RS Stock No. 215-568
BrandRS PRO
MYR83.30
Each
units
Hand Tap M8 M8 3 HSS Plug Tap, Second Tap, Taper Tap
RS Stock No. 215-580
BrandRS PRO
MYR81.46
Each
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Hand Tap M4 M4 3 HSS Taper Tap; Second Tap and Plug Tap
RS Stock No. 340-6552
BrandRS PRO
MYR324.16
1 Set
Set(s)
Spiral Point Tap M12 M3 7 HSS Second Taps: M3; M4; M5; M6; M8; M10; M12
RS Stock No. 427-931
BrandRS PRO
MYR493.73
Each
units
Spiral Flute Tap M12 M3 7 HSS M3; M4; M5; M6; M8; M10; M12
RS Stock No. 669-9394
BrandRS PRO
MYR226.22
1 Set
Set(s)
1/4 in Hexagon Drive Tap M10 M3 6 HSS M3; M4; M5; M6; M8; M10
RS Stock No. 668-1113
BrandRS PRO
MYR393.35
1 Set
Set(s)
Left hand thread; Tap M12 M3 7 HSS Second Taps: M3; M4; M5; M6; M8; M10; M12
RS Stock No. 152-491
BrandRS PRO
MYR59.80
1 Set
Set(s)
Straight Flute Tap M2 M2 2 HSS Taper Tap and Plug Tap
RS Stock No. 215-524
BrandRS PRO
MYR153.09
Each
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Hand Tap M12 M12 3 HSS Taper Tap; Plug Tap and Bottom Tap
RS Stock No. 340-6546
BrandRS PRO
MYR241.99
1 Set
Set(s)
Spiral Point Tap M12 M3 7 HSS Second Taps: M3; M4; M5; M6; M8; M10; M12
RS Stock No. 427-963
BrandRS PRO
MYR344.74
Each
units
Spiral Point Tap M12 M3 7 HSS M3; M4; M5; M6; M8; M10; M12
RS Stock No. 215-552
BrandRS PRO
MYR71.22
Each
units
Hand Tap M3 M3 3 HSS Taper Tap; Plug Tap and Bottom Tap
RS Stock No. 340-6530
BrandRS PRO
MYR1,051.01
1 Set
Set(s)
Hand Tap M2.6 M1 22 HSS Taper Taps: M1; M1.2; M1.4; M1.7; M2; M2.3; M2.6; Second: M1; M1.2; M1.4; M1.7; M2; M2.3; M2.6; Plug Taps: M1; M1.2; M1.4; M1.7; M2; M2.3; M2.6; Tap Wrench
RS Stock No. 151-909
BrandRS PRO
MYR57.12
1 Set
Set(s)
Straight Flute Tap #4 BA #4 BA 2 HSS Taper Tap and Plug Tap
RS Stock No. 152-328
BrandRS PRO
MYR22.19
1 Set
Set(s)
Straight Flute Tap #2 UNC #2 UNC 2 HSS Taper Tap and Plug Tap
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