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75-Piece GearWrench Ratcheting Tap & Die Set (SAE/Metric)

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  • Includes: Tap and Die ratcheting "T" wrench; small tap adapter; medium tap adapter; die adapter; sliding "T" for adapters; 34 taps; 34 dies, SAE and metric screw pitch gauge; #5 screwdriver; blow mold case.
  • This set features a ratcheting T wrench which provides a 5-degree ratcheting arc, and its reversible lever allows for quick changes from forward to revers to eliminate hand-over-hand turning.
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good deal if you are in the market for a tap and die set. lowest price on CCC.

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I had bought the ratcheting handle that is included with this kit separately for like $30; but there are two sizes. Beats hand over hand with a stationary with a cheaper set..

This is not a giveaway price, but a good price for this set if you need it. If you want the 'deluxe' set [amazon.com] with two ratcheting handles and all the bells and whistles, it will be about double this price and arguably worth it because besides more taps and dies, it also includes the $130 kit [amazon.com] sold as two ratcheting handles and accessories.

In comparison, all of the cheaper sets have been a pain to use with hand over hand tapping/threading that I had been using a lathe for even the simple jobs.
That's a good point about sets except many times you don't know you need something until you need it. I would rather have a set with all of the possible sizes I would need, rather than needing to run out to buy the particular one I need when I'm in the middle of a project.

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I had been waiting for a good set of tap and die for so long.... now I can stop hating myself when I find something stripped or a cross threaded bolt in my project car 👍
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I had bought the ratcheting handle that is included with this kit separately for like $30; but there are two sizes. Beats hand over hand with a stationary with a cheaper set..

This is not a giveaway price, but a good price for this set if you need it. If you want the 'deluxe' set [amazon.com] with two ratcheting handles and all the bells and whistles, it will be about double this price and arguably worth it because besides more taps and dies, it also includes the $130 kit [amazon.com] sold as two ratcheting handles and accessories.

In comparison, all of the cheaper sets have been a pain to use with hand over hand tapping/threading that I had been using a lathe for even the simple jobs.
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Was $107.76

Included Components:
(28) Tap Sizes: 4-40, 6-32, 8/32, 10-24, 10-32, 12-24, 3 x 0.50, 3 x 0.60, 4 x 0.70, 4 x 0.75, 5 x 0.80, 5 x 0.90, 6 x 0.100, 7 x 1.00, 8 x 1.25, 9 x 1.00, 9 x 1.25, 10 x 1.25, 10 x 1.50, 11 x 1.50, 12 x 1.50, 12x1.75, 14x1.25, 14x2.00, 16x1.50, 16x2.00, 18x1.5, 18x2.5, (14) SAE Die: 1/4-20, 1/4-28, 5/16-18, 5/16-24, 3/8-16, 3/8-24, 7/16-14, 7/16-20, 1/2-13, 1/2-20, 9/16-12, 9/16-18, 5/8-11, 5/8-18, (1) Medium ratcheting sliding T wrench, (6) Metric Die: 6-32, 8-32, 10-24, 10-32, 12-24, (20) SAE Tap: 1/8-27, 1/8-28, 1/4-18, 1/4-19, 1/4-20, 1/4-28, 5/16-18, 5/16-24, 3/8-16, 3/8-24, 7/16-14, 7/16-20, 1/2-13, 1/2-20, 9/16-12, 9/16-18, 5/8-11, 5/8-18, 3/4-10, 3/4-16,

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Reviews are pretty abysmal. Rachet mechanism is terrible, brittle taps, improper hardening, some dies may not fit due to chrome plating. I guess gear wrench isn't what it used to be, or they offloaded economy line to mediocre factories in China with bad QC

In my experience of buying tools. buying sets to save money is not a smart choice for specialty tools. buy what you need from a quality manufacturer and save a few dollars. I often only use a handful of them all the time while others are untouched.
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Bought this sometime ago at $85. It's worked well for me
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Does GearWrench warranty this kind of sacrificial tools?
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Reviews are pretty abysmal. Rachet mechanism is terrible, brittle taps, improper hardening, some dies may not fit due to chrome plating. I guess gear wrench isn't what it used to be, or they offloaded economy line to mediocre factories in China with bad QC

In my experience of buying tools. buying sets to save money is not a smart choice for specialty tools. buy what you need from a quality manufacturer and save a few dollars. I often only use a handful of them all the time while others are untouched.
That's a good point about sets except many times you don't know you need something until you need it. I would rather have a set with all of the possible sizes I would need, rather than needing to run out to buy the particular one I need when I'm in the middle of a project.
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I had bought the ratcheting handle that is included with this kit separately for like $30; but there are two sizes. Beats hand over hand with a stationary with a cheaper set..

This is not a giveaway price, but a good price for this set if you need it. If you want the 'deluxe' set [amazon.com] with two ratcheting handles and all the bells and whistles, it will be about double this price and arguably worth it because besides more taps and dies, it also includes the $130 kit [amazon.com] sold as two ratcheting handles and accessories.

In comparison, all of the cheaper sets have been a pain to use with hand over hand tapping/threading that I had been using a lathe for even the simple jobs.
It seems like the deluxe set is pretty nicely priced. I wonder if I would get most of the common sizes if I get the deluxe set? Another concern I have is whether the lack of titanium coating would affect longevity for the gearwrench sets?
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If you're going to buy a Chinese t&d set you may as well save money and just buy Harbor Freight. I believe they have a ratcheting tap handle that's not bad either.

Personally, I think people are better off waiting for a deal on an Irwin set or watch Amazon Warehouse for a deal on one. Yes you can break a tap no matter where it is made, but you're chances are higher with cheaper tools. And it's really no fun trying to get a broken tap out of a hole.
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It is very important to lube up the hole before you tap it!
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It seems like the deluxe set is pretty nicely priced. I wonder if I would get most of the common sizes if I get the deluxe set? Another concern I have is whether the lack of titanium coating would affect longevity for the gearwrench sets?
Unless one is running a machine shop and using daily, either set is fine with a 4.7/5 rating. Only you know the sizes you may need or want.

Seriously, for the occasional use, are we concerned about longevity? I have $20 taps that are not titanium coated that quite honestly, sounds like a gimmick for cheaper products.... That said, titanium coating that will wear off pretty quick, would come in handy if you are working on stainless or cast iron. The solution is to use lube like Tap Magic [amazon.com] that is also sold in some of the box stores. The best bits, taps and dies will have a percentage of cobalt combined with quality tool steel like Drill Hog [amazon.com] on the low end, but you will pay for it.

Allegedly, this Gearwrench set is still made in Taiwan, where Gearwrench got it's reputation for being a decent tool for a decent price for the semi-professional. Most DIY/homeowners could get by with a cheap Tekton, Neiko, Harbor Freight, etc., set. Heck, I can remember starting out with a cheap Buffalo set that worked for no more than I used it.

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Reviews are pretty abysmal. Rachet mechanism is terrible, brittle taps, improper hardening, some dies may not fit due to chrome plating. I guess gear wrench isn't what it used to be, or they offloaded economy line to mediocre factories in China with bad QC

In my experience of buying tools. buying sets to save money is not a smart choice for specialty tools. buy what you need from a quality manufacturer and save a few dollars. I often only use a handful of them all the time while others are untouched.
"Abysmal?" I am thinking 4.7 out of 5 from 557 feedbacks is pretty good. Q&A says manufactured in Taiwan, which is where Gearwrench started and I have the ratchet in both sizes that are working fine. I saw where one guy from over 500 whined about the chrome plating causing problems, so why did he not send it back?

But, who knows, these may now be made in China and substandard on all fronts.... with the caveat of free returns.
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These taps are decent but are are not HSS, and therefore are only for rethreading, ie cleaning up existing threads. If you want HSS taps for making new threads, you need an industrial brand like Champion, Greenfield, Viking, Widia, etc. Expect to pay a lot more.

Edit: I own the deluxe Greatwrench set and also a full set of HSS taps and dies, and use both.
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