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    Power Tap ?

    Does anyone regularly use a drill to tap holes ? Or is the best bet simply by hand with a T-Handle ?


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    I do, but I usually use spiral fluted taps when I do. You also need to have the experience to know when enough is enough, and it really only works for softer metal or thin stuff.

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    What are you taping and what are you taping with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Scotsman View Post
    What are you taping and what are you taping with.
    Immediate need is for an intecooler block off. Looks to be Aluminum.

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    Should be easy enough.
    Hand taping would be safer especialy if its a blind hole.
    Use a taping block to stay square to the hole.
    Drill a hole in a block just biger than the tap and use it to tap straight.

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    Wow !! Thanks for the tapping block tip. I had no idea they existed until now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Scotsman View Post
    Should be easy enough.
    Hand taping would be safer especialy if its a blind hole.
    Use a taping block to stay square to the hole.
    Drill a hole in a block just biger than the tap and use it to tap straight.
    a lot of times, I will chuck the tap in the drill press , and use it to get the tap started straight (only turn it on for a split second )

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    I made a tapping block a long long time ago and use it regularly. I also use my Makita quite often for tapping but nothing too small. I have been doing this for years on various equipment, Lathes, Mills, etc. if you are new to tapping do it by hand much safer and use a guide.
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    very good advice

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    you learn something new everyday, I had never heard of a tapping block,

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